While matters of the heart are not so easily put into words, these quotes surprisingly nail it.
Whether 15 or 50, there’s nothing like the experience and feelings of falling (and being) in love for the first time. Everyone remembers their first love, as it occupies such a special place in our hearts and has lasting, fond memories.
As words are not everyone’s cup of tea, we’ve comprised a list of 40 love quotes from some of the greats, like iconic writers, philosophers, musicians and actors from across generations. Read on as we deep dive into these first love quotes and what it’s like to re-live that special time in our lives.
1. Meanings learned from our favorite childhood stories
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” —Dr. Seuss
2. Or musical classics
“All you need it love.” —The Beatles
3. Words from beloved RomComs
“My daddy said that the first time you fall in love, it changes you forever, and no matter how hard you try, that feeling just never goes away.” ―The Notebook
4. Lyrics can perfectly describe how we all feel
“The future for me is already a thing of the past / You were my first love and you will be my last” ―Bob Dylan
5. Because it’s true
“There’s no love like the first.” —Nicholas Sparks
6. They grow us into the person we’re meant to be
“My first love, I’ll never forget, and it’s such a big part of who I am, and in so many ways, we could never be together, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not forever. Because it is forever.” —Rashida Jones
7. It can even be crippling
“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.” —Daphne du Maurier
8. In the words of country music classics
“Like an old photograph, time can make a feeling fade, but the memory of a first love never fades away.” —Tim McGraw
9. From wise and spiritual men
“Where there is love, there is life.” —Mahatma Gandhi
10. First loves can be remembered, even through loss and hardships
“Every morning I still wake up and the first thing I want to do is see your face.” —P.S. I Love You