We want others to appreciate and understand us — it’s a fundamental need. Especially in marriage and relationships.

To deny this need, or to pretend it doesn’t exist or that it’s not important, means to deny love itself.

Each of us must understand their own needs in a relationship and then learn to communicate them and perhaps spot the red flags.

Because sometimes the feelings of being ignored, neglected, or unappreciated by your significant other is worse than conflict, worse than distance.

Here are 41 quotes about feeling unappreciated by a husband that will make you reflect on the importance of communication and mutual effort.

Feeling unappreciated by husband quotes

Being taken for granted is an unpleasant but sincere form of praise. Ironically, the more reliable you are and the less you complain, the more likely you are to be taken for granted.

Gretchen Rubin

Everyone has experienced that truth: that love, like a running brook, is disregarded, taken for granted; but when the brook freezes over, then people begin to remember how it was when it ran, and they want it to run again.

Kahlil Gibran

If you feel neglected or ignored in the beginning, don’t expect a miracle as time goes on and he gets used to you; it’s only going to get worse.

Debbie Rutherford

Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means that you’ve become a comfortable, trusted element in another person’s life.

Joyce Brothers

Your partner cannot read your mind, so talk to your partner about how you are feeling and what you need.

Drew Pinsky

If someone won’t lift a finger to call you, see you, and spend time with you — it’s time for you to lift five fingers and wave goodbye.


Sometimes you’ll give your all to someone, and they won’t appreciate you. That’s life. Just don’t become bitter because of it.

Sonya Parker

I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation, and understanding.

Miranda Kerr

Too many people realize at the end of their lives that they’ve taken for granted those who really love them.

Lesley M. Blume

Wife neglected by husband quotes

Neglect is often the slow poison in a relationship. The wound it causes cannot be mended by begging to be heard and acknowledged.


Sometimes people can hunger for more than bread. It is possible that our children, our husband, our wife, do not hunger for bread (…). But are we equally sure that none of them feels alone, abandoned, neglected, needing some affection? That, too, is poverty.

Mother Teresa

Ignoring is a passive-aggressive way of dealing with a chronic relationship problem. When your husband ignores you, no matter if it’s all the time or just after arguments, he is trying to avoid and run away from a problem instead of dealing with it and solving it.

Lisa Penn

Neglect cannot exist with love in a marriage. If you are neglected and taken for granted, you are not loved.

Barrie Davenport

The demise of marriages begins with a growing absence of responsive intimate interactions. The conflict comes later.

Sue Johnson

It would be too easy to say that I feel invisible. Instead, I feel painfully visible, and entirely ignored.

David Levithan

There is nothing lonelier than being in a marriage and feeling unseen by your husband. You feel like a ghost in your own home.

Barrie Davenport

I have learned that being alone is not the same as loneliness. And there is nothing quite as lonely as a lonely marriage.

Sara Stansberry

Feeling unappreciated in relationship quotes

If you feel unwanted or unappreciated where you are or by those you’re with, it only means you’re in the wrong place or with the wrong people. Hang in there. Someone else will see you for the true gift you are.

L. K. Hunsaker

The only person that deserves a special place in your life is someone that never made you feel like you were an option in theirs.

Shannon L. Alder

True love is not a hide and seek game. In true love, both lovers seek each other.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Every day we take for granted that we will see our loved ones and friends whenever we want, and never think of a time without them.

Peter Delbridge

I don’t want to be married just to be married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can’t talk to, or worse, someone I can’t be silent with.

Mary Ann Shaffer

People don’t notice the things we do for them until we stop doing them.

Mike Skinner

I used to think that the worst feeling in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst feeling in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.

Robin Williams

Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.

J. J. Rowling

Know that you are worthy quotes

As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that.

Nic Sheff

One of the best guides to how to be self-loving is to give yourself the love we are often dreaming about receiving from others.

Bell Hooks

It’s surprising how many people go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.

Sydney J. Harris

You are worthy of love and respect. You are beautiful, gifted, and intelligent. Don’t let the storm make you forget it.

Russell T. Davies

When you feel good about yourself, others will feel good about you, too.

Jake Steinfeld

Self-worth cannot be verified by others. You are worthy because you say it is so. If you depend on others for your value, it is other-worth.

Wayne Dyer

Be your own source of strength and comfort. Believe that you are in love, happy, and fulfilled because you started by feeling that way about yourself, alone. Then the power of being together is amplified (…).

Carol Lin

Women must learn to find self-worth within themselves, not through others.

Georgette Mosbacher

Short unappreciated by husband quotes

Two things can destroy any relationship: unrealistic expectations and poor communication.


Time can heal a broken heart but can also break a waiting heart.


Don’t give everything to a person that isn’t giving you anything.

Sonya Parker

Nothing hurts more than being ignored.


The worst feeling is feeling nothing when all you want to feel is loved.

R. H. Sin

Communication is to relationships what breath is to life.

Virginia Satir

The opposite of love is not hatred, it’s indifference.

Elli Wiesel

What kills love? Only this — neglect.

Jeanette Winterson