Young Love Quotes

The Naive Beauty and Pain

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Young love—so naive, so immature, so unsophisticated, yet ever so charming! Every generation warns the next of the heartaches and the heartbreaks that come with this love, yet, each generation is eager to experience it. Authors have tried to express the happy occurrence that we call young love. Here are some such young love quotes.

Margaret Atwood, "The Blind Assassin: A Novel"

"The young habitually mistake lust for love, they're infested with idealism of all kinds."

Richard Dahm, "The Middle," episode: "A Tough Pill to Swallow," 2016, Frankie Heck

"Wind power, water power, coal power—how great would it be if you could harness the power of a young man in love?"

Criss Jami, "Killosophy"

“It's a good sign but rare instance when, in a relationship, you find that the more you learn about the other person, the more you continue to desire them. A sturdy bond delights in that degree of youthful intrigue. Love loves its youth.” 

Ta-Nehisi Coates

“What I am telling you is that you do not need to know to love, and it is right that you feel it all in any moment. And it is right that you see it through—that you are amazed, then curious, then belligerent, then heartbroken, then numb. You have the right to all of it.”

Alessandra Torre, "The Ghostwriter"

“There is nothing like young love. It comes at a time before the heart knows to protect itself, when everything important is raw and exposed—the perfect environment for a soul-sucking, heart-crushing burst.”
Paige P. Horne, "If I'd Known"

"Young love is like a raging fire that can't be tamed. It's addictive and borderline obsessive. Satisfying in every way, yet never getting enough. I'm the flames, and he's the fuel keeping me burning. We are perfect.”

Liz Thebart, "Walk Away" 

“Beginnings are easy, but after that, happiness takes some work.” 

Eoin Colfer, "Airman"

“Young love is common, but that doesn't mean it's not precious.”
Muse, “Lollypop"
"the passion contained merely kisses
placed upon lips, neck and cheek
these young lovers of the castle
of which our fairytale speaks” 

Justin Go, "The Steady Running of the Hour"

“It didn't matter. I was young and we were together.”

Daphne du Maurier, "Rebecca" 

“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.”

William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet," Romeo

"Ah me! how sweet is love itself possess'd,
When but love's shadows are so rich in joy!"

A.P., "Sabine" 

"You must ask the young if you want to know what love is. Only they are deep enough in it to describe. We older ones have clues and simulacra, we base our judgment, like pathologists do, on the dents and scars and sediments of hearts long kept in formaldehyde. It is the pulsing heart you want to probe: the pulsing, beating, leaping, dipping, fluttering heart of a seventeen-year-old.” 

Chang-rae Lee, "On Such a Full Sea"

“For no matter the shadows of an age, the picture of a young couple in love, we are told, speaks most luminously of the future, as the span of that passion makes us believe we can overleap any walls, obliterate whatever obstacles.” 

Benjamin Disraeli
"The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end."

Maya Angelou
"The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous."

Nicholas Sparks

"There's no love like the first."   

Anonymous

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

Lang Leav, "Sad Girls"

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

George Bernard Shaw

"First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity."