#2: ‘My daddy said, that the first time you fall in love, it changes you forever and no matter how hard you try, that feeling just never goes away.’
Here’s another example of one of those popular The Notebook quotes propped up not by anything revolutionary about the statement but, quite the contrary, just how old and romantic it is.
Actually, one could make a case for this attempting to be Romantic, with a capital R, as in relating to the Romanticism of Lord She Walks in Beauty Byron, John Beauty is truth, truth beauty Keats, and that cloud-watching poetical ballad-singing crowd.
Yet another Romantic, William Wordsworth, famously stated that he felt all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings, and perhaps that’s precisely what The Notebook quotes such as this are trying to do—get you to feel that spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings no matter what.
Who cares if it sounds a little hokey or silly or even childish to say something like that?
For a Romantic, childhood is filled with awe, and that sense of awe is PRECISELY what many Romantics valued. They loved the idea of a transformative experience, and after all, what could be more transformative than a love that changes you forever?
What’s more, the Romantics often liked or correlated a little danger with that sense of awe—Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley, Romantic and wife to the great Romantic poet Percy Shelley—and Sparks allows for that sense of danger here.
A feeling that just never goes away? That can be incredibly beneficial…or nightmarish…but either way, it IS a powerful feeling, and for Romantics, THAT would be the point, or one of them at least.
Nicholas Sparks may be more a sentimental romantic than actual heir to Romanticism, but that doesn’t mean you can’t read a little of that into some of his most popular The Notebook quotes.