Real love means that you have an unwavering, unbreakable, and unparalleled fondness and devotion to someone. It is also defined by an emotional as well as physical connection with someone that runs immeasurably deep. If you want your teen to understand what real love looks like, it is important that they are given the right wisdom. Here are seven inspirational quotes for teens about real love.

"First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity." -George Bernard Shaw

It is called first love for a reason. It is the first time they smile at you, the first time they pick you up for a first date, the first time they kiss you. It is the first time you realize that you can this way about a person, they love the way they describe in books, on TV, and in movies are real and amazing. It is the first time you realize that another person can feel the same way about you as you do them. As the quote suggests, first love includes a lot of curiosity and some foolishness along the way. You will learn a lot from this experience. First love is not your only love. It may not be the best love or the last love, but it does help you understand what love looks like.

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." -Dr. Seuss

Love is a crazy thing, and chance are, you will probably spend hours upon hours pondering life questions about the feeling at one moment or another. Dr. Seuss reminds us of the intensity of love. When we find real love, it is beautiful and is different than any other thing we will ever experience. One of the important things to remember about love is that while there are similarities in people's experiences, everyone will likely feel something unique just to them.

"To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world." -Brandi Snyder

You mean the world to someone. This quote reminds us that our lives are meaningful. We may not think about the impact we have on others. We are just one person, right? Yet, the people who love us, that truly value us, hold us to a high regard. This quote doesn't just apply to romantic love either. Your parents love you like this. One day, your children will love you like this. It's so incredible how much we can mean to one person. Never forget this.

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

At times love may feel frustrating, especially when a relationship ends. Still, it's empowering to accept that the only person we have any true control over in a relationship is ourselves. We oversee our half of the dynamic. Yes, it may border on the ludicrous, but we can choose whether to engage in destructive or uplifting behaviors. Understanding this can take us out of fantasy, fairytale mode, and put us in reality mode.

"Love is indescribable and unconditional and unconditional. I could tell you a thousand things that it is not, but not one that it is." -Duke Ellington

Love is hard to explain, but those who are in true love are sure glad they have it. We love people in our way, and how we express it is even more unique. Indescribable is a great word to describe real love because everyone's love is one of a kind. Unconditional is also another great word to describe love because love has no conditions. It is affection without any limitations.

"Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable." -Henry Ward Beecher

Many of us get caught up in the fairytale, the superficial elements, or what we believe a relationship looks as opposed to how it feels. When we are young and in love, we may fall in love with the illusion of connection, but love is deeper than this. Loving involves a lot of learning and discovery that can only happen through time.

"Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart." -Kay Knudsen

The longing that comes from missing someone can range from minor feelings of sadness to downright agony, depending on the relationship and the amount of time you have been apart. When you love someone, you can still feel their presence, even when they are far away. When you are truly connected with a person, you feel like they are everywhere with you, even when they are not close. You long for them, but you know that they are never far away.

True love requires a certain level of maturity. It is easy to be attracted to someone. It is also easy to date someone and truly likes them. This may lead to feelings of love bur real love only comes when you are willing to stand the test of time, even when things get tough. Teens must understand this as they begin to navigate their relationships and find a long-lasting love.

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