What are some quotes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that show Romeo was not in love with Juliet, he was just immature?

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There is definitely a sense that Romeo is immature and infatuated rather than ready for a long-term relationship. The first issue is that he is fickle. The ease with which he abandons Rosaline on first seeing Juliet is evidence that he is impulsive rather than mature in his decisions. A quotation to support this is:

Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,

So soon forsaken? young men's love then lies

Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes (Act I, Scene 3, lines 66-69).

Since Romeo has spent most of the first act expressing a deep passion for another woman, it's hard to believe that we should take his instant switch in his affections at the sight of Juliet very seriously. 

This quotation also supports the theory that Romeo seems to be mistaking lust for love. He is attracted mainly by outward appearances, as can be seen in his praise of Juliet's beauty:

The brightness of her cheek would...

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