"Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?"
— Christopher Marlowe, Hero and Leander
[Naomi enters the room. Emily just stares at her.]
I've loved you from the first time I saw you; I think I was 12. It took me... three years to pluck up the courage to speak to you. I was so scared of the way I felt; you know, loving a girl, that I became a sarcastic bitch just to make it feel normal. I screwed guys to make it go away, but it didn't work. When we got together it scared the shit out of me because you were the one person who could ruin my life. I pushed you away. I made you think things were your fault, but really I was just terrified of pain. I screwed that girl Sophia to kind of spite you for having that hold on me. And I'm a total fucking coward because I got these ... these tickets for us for Goa three months ago. But I couldn't stand ... I didn't want to be a slave to the way I feel about you. Can you understand? You were trying to punish me back, and it's horrible. It's so horrible because, really, I'd die for you. I love you. I love you so much it's killing me.
— Naomi, Skins
Rosalind: Your brother and my sister no sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage which they will climb incontinent, or else be incontinent before marriage: they are in the very wrath of love and they will together; clubs cannot part them.
"I don't know a thing about you..."
"I don't know a thing about you..."
"I don't know a thing about you...so this must be love!"
"So This Must Be Love," from the musical short Boycrazy!
I've just seen a face
I can't forget the time or place
And we'd just met, she's just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see we've met
— The Beatles, "I've Just Seen a Face"
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes, I'm certain that it happens all the time.
What do you see when you turn out the light?
I can't tell you but I know it's mine.
—The Beatles, "I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends"
Then she appeared, apple Venus on a half open shell
Then she appeared, the first photograph on Fox Talbot's gel
I was a little frightened
Flying with my senses heightened
Then she appeared
-XTC, "Then She Appeared"
"My Dearest Echo, From the moment I first laid eyes on you, I couldn't imagine a day without you. You are my sunshine and my moonlight. You are not only the most beautiful girl I have ever seen, you are smart, funny and have a passion for life like no one else. I could fill libraries with words about you, but I really only need three. I love you. Yours forever..."
— Adam Young's love letter to Echo Zizzleswift, Mr. Young
"She only said one sentence to me, but it was so...non-fragmented that I know she has to be the one!"
"It was love, at first sight,
When I heard you,
For the first time, I knew,
We were meant, to be as one."
— Kylie Minogue, "Love at First Sight"
" There are so many things I want to say to you but time's caught me up and now I'll never say them - except that I've loved you from the moment I saw you and every moment since."
—Robin Hood, Robin of Sherwood
'Such a terrible hurry as you've been in. I hate a woman who is in such a hurry.'
'How do you mean that?'
'Why—to be somebody's wife or other—anything's wife rather than nobody's. You couldn't wait for me, O, no. Well, thank God, I'm cured of all that!'
'How merciless you are!' she said bitterly. 'Wait for you? What does that mean, Charley? You never showed—anything to wait for—anything special towards me.'
'O come, Baptista dear; come!'
'What I mean is, nothing definite,' she expostulated. 'I suppose you liked me a little; but it seemed to me to be only a pastime on your part, and that you never meant to make an honourable engagement of it.'
'There, that's just it! You girls expect a man to mean business at the first look. No man when he first becomes interested in a woman has any definite scheme of engagement to marry her in his mind, unless he is meaning a vulgar mercenary marriage.'
—A Mere Interlude by Thomas Hardy
"Yesterday, I believe I would never have done what I did today. I feel like something important has happened to me. Is this possible? I just met her, and yet... I have fallen in love with Luisa Rey."
His name was Reject. That's what his friends called him, anyway. Maybe it's a nickname, or perhaps he's Greek. He spoke to me. He said, "Move over."
I think I'm in love.
— Kirsty Dean, I Hate Fridays omnibus
They see her at a ball, and they are dazzled; at a flower-show, and they are fascinated; on a riding excursion, and they are witched by her noble horsemanship; at church, and they are awed by the sweet solemnity of her demeanor.
He grinned, and everything about him was perfect, and I fell in love instantly.
Meenah says that from the minute she first saw Aranea she knew she was the one – the one she wanted, the one she set her heart on. Aranea finds this funny as the first time they met she was completely bundled up and fairly young.
"My name is Dug. I have just met you, and I love you."
"Then a girl with bread in her mouth came dashing by... [Rohan] crashed into her... And they fell in love~ Man, that was dumb."
—Thoth, Vaguely Recalling JoJo
I don't know who the boy was, but when I saw him...it was like I knew in my heart that I'd never be afraid again. Does that make any sense?
—Jean Grey, Classic X-Men #42
"You proposed to a complete stranger again, didn't you?"
It was not, he realized, that he was there for her. It was simply that he was hers. That he belonged to her—all of him. He always had, ever since meeting her.
Love at first sight doesn't exist. Love takes time and love takes work. At the very least, you have to know the other person and you literally have no idea who or what I am.
— Garnet, Steven Universe
Ohh... What a dreamboat! I thought love at first sight was just for fairy tales — until now!
"Are you saying that the Empress Libido is manifesting that condition that you animals refer to as romantic obsession at initial visual perception?"