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"When first love ends, most people eventually know there will be more to come. They are not through with love. Love is not through with them. It will never be the same as the first, but it will be better in different ways."

—David Levithan, Every Day

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"You can only give your heart away once. After that, everything else will chase your first love."

—Tarryn Fisher, The Opportunist

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"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?"

—Simon Van Booy, The Coming and Going of Strangers

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"One’s first love is always perfect until one meets one’s second love."

—Elizabeth Aston, The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy

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"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."

—Tammara Webber, Where You Are

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"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

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"Whoever it is you fall in love with for the first time, not just love but be in love with, is the one who will always make you angry, the one you can’t be logical about."

—Jeanette Winterson, The Passion

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"Everybody says the first cut is the deepest. It’s so true. I don’t know if it’s because it’s the best love, but it’s the first that you remember."

—Kristen Stewart

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"There is nothing like that first boy you were so afraid to lose, the one boy that changed your expectations and the one that you compare all the future boys in your life to, because deep down inside you know that he was the one that set the standard for love."
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"Someone once said that once you experience something real, your first true love or anything remotely close to the sheer purity of that first love, nothing will ever compare. And once you start a new relationship, no matter what, after that first love, you will go into that relationship with two people: The guy who holds your hand and the guy who holds your heart. Most likely these two people aren’t the same, but if you find someone who is, then that’s how you know you have the real thing."
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"Believe me, you’re always going to have a place in my heart. Ten years from now I’ll look back and say, he really was my first love."
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"First love? We’ve all been through it. It can really take ahold of you, make you do some pretty crazy things."
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"You were my first love, and though I know you won’t be the last, there will always be a place for you in my heart."