Crushes! We’ve all had them, those lightning strike infatuations of varying intensity and length. Some of them are wondrous, fun, transformative, running clean through you with a jolt of pure electricity. Others are chaotic, strange, inexplicable and seem to leave behind scar tissue. The one thing they have in common is that they’re all confusing.
We’ve compiled a list of 15 cute crush quotes to help you put words to your feelings.
Number # 15
“You’ll ache. And you’re going to love it. It will crush you. And you’re still going to love all of it. Doesn’t it sound lovely beyond belief?”― Ernest Hemingway, from The Garden Of Eden
There’s a reason it’s called a crush: because it hurts. An unclear, nameless ache. When it’s good, we come to it willingly, it sings sweetly in our heads and is every bit as lovely as Hemingway promises it’ll be. When it isn’t, it can make you want to drive your head through a wall, or start wishing a horse would kick you in the face and you’d explode. But perhaps that’s part of the charm of a crush, there are few things quite so intense. It’s like the screech of joy that rises up in you on an amusement park ride, or your foot on the accelerator of a car speeding down an empty highway. The thrill is unmatched.
Number # 14
“When I sit near you, my hands suddenly become alien things and I don’t know where to put them or what they usually do like this is the first time I’ve ever had hands and maybe they go in my pockets and maybe they don’t.” ― Iain Thomas, I Wrote This For You
Iain Thomas’s sweet 2011 collection of poetry is “an acclaimed exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that’s unique to each person that reads it.”
This is my favorite line in the book (below) because it so clearly puts words to the baffling air of total disorientation that comes over us when we’ve got a crush.
It’s almost like we’ve been knocked senseless by some sort of giant hammer and there’s not a single atom of air left in our lungs, much less any finding its way to our brains. We’re ungraceful and stupid at best, and inexcusably embarrassing at worst. But rest assured: there’s no right way to be, and as our list of cute crush quote demonstrates, crushes are hard on the best of us.
Number # 13
Your eyes make me shy. ― Anais Nin
The thought of being seen makes me shy. The thought of being seen by you makes me want nothing more than to crawl into an abyss, just to avoid the risk of it ever happening again.
Maybe I’m exaggerating for dramatic effect. Shy-ness is one of the tell-tale, unmistakable signs of a crush. Find yourself sneaking pitiful little looks at someone because you can’t bear to make eye contact, or stare head-on? Having difficulty speaking complete, coherent sentences in their presence? Experiencing a tight, vise-like sensation in your chest when in their presence? You’ve got it way worse.
Number # 12
It’s like I’m thirteen again and I’ve got a crush. All I’m aware of in this roomful of people is him. Where he is, what he’s doing, who he’s talking to. ― Sophie Kinsella, Remember Me?
Crushes are one of the few things that haven’t really changed much since you were 13. And if someone in the 1900s were putting together a list of cute crush quotes, it’d probably still look something like this. It’s all pretty much entirely the same, from the clumsy haven’t-yet-grown-into-your-limbs baby animal esque awkwardness to the happy butterflies and vertigo sensation that leaves you feeling like you might float into the clouds at a moment’s notice. And the hyper-awareness so real it might actually be a superpower, if it wasn’t restricted to just that 1 person, and was useful for anything but giving you a wave of vague, anxious nausea. Having a crush lends the object of your affections an odd sort of attraction, pull, your eyes find them in however crowded a room, it’s their laughter you’ll hear in the noise.
Number # 11
It’s nice to have a crush on someone. It feels like you’re alive, you know? ― Scarlett Johansson
This is arguably the best part of having a crush! The way you’re startled out of whatever daze you might have been in, the way it jolts you awake. Everything is suddenly HD, bright and vivid. Like switching from 1080P to 4K. It’s the way I imagine a hawk must spot prey in the underbrush from all the way up in the sky, its focus sharpened to one clear point, its aim perfect. Exactly like you’re alive, the most alive you’ve ever been, or ever will be. Fire races under your skin, the blood sings in your ears, it’s insistent and moving and exhilarating!
Number # 10
Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch. ― Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman has penned a great many love poems, all of them beautiful and electric. This, however, is a line from his biography. I like it because it’s so simple it can’t be anything but true: some people leave you bathed in their cheer, waiting for the moment their sun will shine on you again. Forget about hanging the moon, I want someone to look at me like the sun shines out of my face. Minus the squinting and blindness.
Number # 9
Yes, yes, I do like you, I am afraid to say the stronger word. ― Virginia Woolf
This is from a letter Virginia wrote her lover, Vita Sackville West, which just goes to show you being in a relationship doesn’t make any of this any easier. What did Virginia have to be afraid of, I wonder? Certainly not rejection; Vita loved her. Not all of us are quite so lucky. That fear, the fear of confession, of saying the stronger word is understandable, especially when we’re crushing on someone we know we’ve got no chance with. But I always say the fear of missing out, the ‘what-if’ is worse! Be brave, and reckless with your affections, because nothing good is ever easy.
Sometimes I just can’t ignore the way I feel when I see you smile.
Crushes can be so overwhelming. They’re like an assault on the senses, which is probably why they make most of us a little stupid. You can’t ignore them, and you can’t wish them away so you just have to resign yourself to the fact that the object of your affections might happen to smile from across the room and result in you losing all train of thought for the next half hour. But it’s blissful too, to be so caught up in something that you lose all track of everything else.
Number # 8
“I didn’t have crushes; I had full-flight-from-reality obsessions.” ― Heather King
I think this is the only right way to have a crush, though it isn’t, of course, the only way. An all consuming escape from the boringness of reality? Sign me up. Sometimes the only thing we want is to sink ourselves in anything but whatever we’re being forced to deal with in real life. Let yourself have all the romance novel illusions and all of the secret fantasies, because life is no fun without them. As emotionally difficult as they can be, crushes are exciting. Like secrets are exciting. And a life lived without secrets hasn’t really been lived at all.
Number # 7
“A crush teaches you. Clears your head of any rules.”
― Junot Díaz, Drown
Clears your head, period, would’ve done it too, but this Junot Diaz quote is great the way it is and is well deserving of its place on our list of cute crush quotes. Junot Diaz’s stunning first collection of stories is “another front line report on the ambivalent promise of the American Dream,” but it’s also achingly romantic, full to brim with the sort of wistful nostalgia that all our going-nowhere crushes feel like when they’re over. This one is particularly relevant if you’re nursing a crush on somebody you really, truly shouldn’t be, but we’ve all been there. And hey, those sorts of crushes have an appeal of their own. I’m not encouraging you to do anything stupid, mind, but like I said earlier, we’re all allowed a little fantasy now and again.
Number # 6
puts the heart in my chest on wings
for when I look at you, even a moment, no speaking
is left in me ― Sappho
Sappho: the OG love poet. If I were putting together a cute crush quotes lists before 615 BC, when she was born, or rather before she was old enough to publish poetry, I’d be a goner. In ancient times, Sappho was widely regarded as one of the greatest lyric poets and was given names such as the “Tenth Muse” and “The Poetess.” And for good reason. “It puts the heart in my chest on wings?” Swoon. I love this quote because it speaks to that particular quality of speechlessness that only the luckiest of us manage to avoid during a crush. We seem cursed to struggle for words and hesitate; speechless and amazed. Afterward, it’s hard to believe that someone could’ve had that sort of impact on us.
Number # 5
You reminded me what butterflies feel like.
Butterflies! I love the metaphor because it’s poetic: a belly full of bright monarchs and sparkling swallowtails that take flight when your crush walks into a room: but it’s also a good reminder of just how connected your mind and body really are. These fluttery sensations we recognize as signs of infatuation are really more about lust. And they nearly always happen right alongside palms and a galloping heart and inability to focus on anything but the object of your affections.
Dr. Daniel Amen, a psychiatrist, neuroscientist and author of several books including “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life adds: “Falling in love — or rather falling in lust — activates those pleasure centers housed in [the basal ganglia] which cause an immediate physiological response. The heart beats fast, your hands will get cold and sweaty and you’re super-focused on that person. Your stomach will do somersaults.”
Number # 4
I didn’t know what to call it, what was happening between us, but I liked it. It felt silly and fragile and good.
Granted, not all of the quotes on this list of cute crush quotes make it seem like it but at the end of the day, a crush is supposed to feel good. There are definitely times when they don’t, like when you’re ashamed of having one, for whatever reason, but in that case, I think accepting it is the first part of overcoming it. I love this quote precisely because it’s so lighthearted. There’s no weird underlying sadness or shame, and it’s all about letting something blossom at its own pace without worrying or freaking out about it. And because it’s tentative! It’s about beginnings, and those are the best part, aren’t they? New, and fun and limitless with possibility. Anything can happen at the beginnings of things!
Number # 3
“I think crush is the perfect way to describe it, too, because it simultaneously means ‘to have a brief infatuation with someone unattainable’ and ‘to be violently squashed.’ ― Elna Baker, The New York Regional Mormons Singles Halloween Dance
This is the realest quote on our cute crush quote list. A crush crushes you; it’s right there in the name. Have you ever seen those videos of a hydraulic press bearing down on something? Nothing explodes, but it all sort of just goes to little bits and pieces. That’s what having a crush is like.
Number # 2
“Luck of the draw
You, that’s my lottery won
A gem in the rough
I could be your finishing touch . . . You fill my head with madness
Good and bad, don’t be the one who got away, got away.” ― Mura Masa, What If I Go?
This one is actually a line from my favourite feel-good song, What If I Go? It’s wonderful, it really is. Nothing quite captures that desire to be around the object of your affections so well. That physical nearness could be so amazing should come as no surprise to you, if you’ve ever had a crush. Even the quickest of glances, or an accidental brush of fingers can send a shiver of delight dancing up your spine.
Number # 1
“It’s a strange product of infatuation, she thinks. To want to tell someone about mundane things.” ―Alexis Smith, Glaciers
If you’re fortunate enough to be able to talk to the apple of your eye, then I envy you deeply. It doesn’t matter if you have nothing to say, it’s them you want to say that all that nothing to, you know? To talk about nothing at length would be better than not speaking at all, which seems the worst thing in the world. It’s really about that desire to feel close.
That concludes our list of cute crush quotes! Thank you for reading.