The world has no shortage of quotations about love, but first love is a unique kind of relationship that is full of its own highs and lows – and it is always unforgettable! First love has been experienced by a great amount of people throughout history, some of whom have shared their experiences through their writing. These seven quotes about first love would certainly be strong candidates for the top 100 love quotes of all time.
Tammara Webber on the Imprint of First Love
Our first love undoubtedly changes us in a unique and permanent way, much like taking a pen to paper. Bestselling novelist Tammara Weber articulates the powerful influence of first love in this quote:
“Something about first love defies duplication. Before it, your heart is blank. Unwritten. After, the walls are left inscribed and graffitied. When it ends, no amount of scrubbing will purge the scrawled oaths and sketched images, but sooner or later, you find that there's space for someone else, between the words and in the margins.”
Daphne du Maurier on First Love's Burden
First love can only happen once, and while many of us wish for that feeling again, there are some who do not. English playwright Daphne du Maurier is relieved that the burden, first love places on us, cannot be repeated:
“I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say. They are not brave, the days when we are twenty-one. They are so full of little cowardices, little fears without foundation, and one is so easily bruised, so swiftly wounded, one falls to the first barbed word.”
The Protection of Love According to Robert Musil
Turn-of-the-century author Robert Musil was a novelist, inventor and Nobel Prize nominee. Musil sees first love as a shelter that guards us against the world:
“The feeling of not being understood and of not understanding the world is no mere accompaniment of first passion, but its sole non-accidental cause. And the passion itself is a panic-stricken flight in which being together with the other means only a doubled solitude.”
Abigail Tarttelin Denies the Existence of Soul Mates
Abigail Tarttelin is an English actress-turned-novelist, whose second novel, The Golden Boy, is an Oprah’s Book Club selection that has received international acclaim. Tarttelin does not believe that soul mates exist. The feelings we have for our first love are real, but according to Tarttelin, losing your first love does not mean you cannot feel those feelings again.
“Think of that person you knew when you were a kid, who you always thought you could have loved completely and forever. Well, you could have. It's the truth, and it's the saddest and simplest thing. There isn't just one person for each of us in the world. There aren't many, but there are always a few people we could have made it with, that maybe we still want to make it with, that press themselves so close to our hearts they leave scars, and then slip through our fingers and disappear from our lives. And it doesn't make a difference if you're thirteen or ninety- eight because some things you feel are real, no matter when.”
Simon Van Booy on the Loss of First Love
Simon Van Booy is an English-American author, whose award-winning works have received praise from the New York Times. Van Booy has a view which might explain why first love is so unforgettable:
“Could it be that first love was the only true love? And that after those first fires had been doused or burned out, men and women chose whom they would love based on worldly needs, and then reenacted the rituals and feelings of that first pure experience – nursed the flames that once burned of their own accord…”
Elizabeth Bowen on the Assault of First Love
Irish novelist Elizabeth Bowen explores human psychology in her work, and in particular has a fascination with “life with the lid on and what happens when the lid comes off.” First love can often hit when unexpected, and its impact is sure to last a lifetime:
“First love, with its frantic haughty imagination, swings its object clear of the everyday, over the rut of living, making him all looks, silences, gestures, attitudes, a burning phrase with no context”
Blaise Pascal on the Necessity of Love
French physicist and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote on a good many matters, including the elusive, addictive and necessary nature of love. Once we experience love and lose it, we will keep searching until we find it again:
“We conceal it from ourselves in vain: we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it.”
These quotes capture that special feeling that comes along with one's first romance. Read through them for guidance, inspiration, or simply to reminisce. Whether or not you're with your first love, their impact will be with you for your entire life – and that's a good thing.