People sometimes ask me what it's like to have three teenage girls in our house, to which I have a pat answer: hair products and hormones. Actually, that's not the half of it. We have more than our share of drama in the home, and it's not just genetically inherited. The ongoing trials and tribulations of "amour" would fill many pages of teen love quotes
. With all the self-awareness, peer pressure, physical and emotional changes taking place in a relatively short period of time, it's difficult for adolescents to keep it all together, which explains their random emotional outbursts and irrational behavior. Fortunately, there are plenty of experienced older-generation types who have seen it all and can offer reflective insights on love - not just necessarily for teens, but all of us.
Dr. Dale Turner
, the respected author and minister, authored uplifting articles for anyone seeking encouragement and answers to life's quandaries. His love quote
: "Listen! Encourage. Say something. Do something. Be yourself. Love"
is a good place to start for any age group. This emphatically punchy advice must certainly be directed at teens
, since apparently they respond well to short blips of information - especially those transmitted through Internet videos and blogs.
Henry Ward Beecher
, another prominent clergyman and social reformer, summarized teen love
in one of his colorful love quotes full of fiery imagery: "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."
You go, Henry!
My youngest daughter has had a crush on a fellow high schooler for two years. She admires him from afar and when I kiddingly asked if she was going to ask him to the dance, she cringed in horror at the thought. Her biggest concern is keeping her face from turning beet red when in his presence. Just being close to him evidently carries much greater potential for heavy sweating rather than heavy petting. Satirist and magazine editor H.L. Mencken
summarized this in one of his teen love quotes, "To be in love is merely to be in a perpetual state of anesthesia."
It explains the blank stare observed when one is in near their beloved, and the lack of a rational thought process in discerning the feelings of the opposite sex, prompting one of the more telling love quotes, "Don't say you love me unless you really mean it, because I might do something crazy like believe it."
For some teens, relationships take a back seat to other matters such as studies and sports. Perhaps those who are wrapped up in pursuits that are more intellectual could relate to one of the great love quotes
by beauty maven Lisa Hoffman
, "Love is like pi -- natural, irrational, and very important."
How many of us wish our offspring were as obsessed with good grades as they are with the opposite sex? We also hope for our children that they learn to love themselves before they become engrossed in a relationship where they lose not only their innocence, but their self-identity and sense of value. These adolescents would do well to read the love quotes
of inspirational author
and self-help guru Louise Hay
for positive direction. "Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives
" is one of many love quotes
that teens in love
would do well to write on a sticky note or on their binder or any of a million places they seem to doodle. Maybe they can write it on a mirror so when they are using those vast amounts of hair products it will sink into their ever-expanding brains!