15 first love quotes that will give you all the feels

First love is usually unforgettable. Whether it was a stolen kiss during a childhood game of Spin the Bottle that sparked a years-long crush, or the first time someone called you their boyfriend or girlfriend, the first pangs of love are typically sealed into our brains the way a random Tinder date in our 20s just isn’t.

Everyone remembers their first love, and it’s only natural to feel sentimental when thinking about them. Who hasn’t reminisced about the ones we first loved when we were younger or gone down a Facebook hole at one point in time looking at photos of our childhood loves? According to experts, there’s a reason for this too. First loves are often scary and anxiety-ridden experiences, therefore more memorable from the start. And then there’s the fact that our first love is often followed by our first heartbreak, a one-two punch that romance writer Nicholas Sparks has perfected in his novels.

Enjoy these kernels of wisdom from Sparks and other writers who get what it feels like to be young and in love for the very first time. Prepare to feel all the feels. In fact, a Nicholas Sparks movie marathon might be in order after this.

"There's no love like the first." —Nicholas Sparks

No truer words were spoken.

"The magic of our first love is our ignorance that it can never end." —Benjamin Disraeli

Sometimes being naive is a blessing.

"First love is a kind of vaccination that immunizes a man from catching the disease a second time." —Honoré de Balzac

Your heart hardens a little.

"The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color—oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples..." —Anna Godbersen, The Luxe


"Your first love isn't the first person you give your heart to―it's the first one who breaks it." ―Lang Leav, Sad Girls

Like we said, your first love is often followed by your first heartbreak.

"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, Rebecca

Love is like a fever.

"One's first love is always perfect until one meets one's second love." ―Elizabeth Aston, The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy

So true.

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." —Dr. Seuss


"Every young girl tries to smother her first love in possessiveness. Oh what tears and rejection await the girl who imbues her first delicate match with fantasies of permanence, expecting that he at this gelatinous stage will fit with her in a finished puzzle for all the days." —Gail Sheehy

We’ve all been there.

"Love is the last and most serious of the diseases of childhood." —Anonymous

There’s no vaccine for love.

"I think a lot of people still fantasize about that first love and what might happen if they rekindled the relationship." ―Sophie Kinsella

That’s what Facebook is for.

"First loves are often terrible, probably because they are first and there is no conscious history into which they may be absorbed." ―Siri Hustvedt, A Plea for Eros: Essays

Your first love is a shock.

"When a man is in love for the first time he thinks he invented it." —Anonymous

Of course he does.

"Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. Women have a more subtle instinct about things: What they like is to be a man's last romance." —Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

Mars versus Venus.

"A young man loves the first woman who flatters him." —Honoré de Balzac

A compliment might be all it takes.

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