Literary Lines of Romance

Valentine’s day is only a couple days away.  In honor of love day, I’d love to share some romantic phrases by some of my favorite authors. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a literary gem. The extremely well read, writers over at, have come up with the “Top 50 Most Romantic Lines From Literature,” in their opinion. Very appropriate for those of you who don’t know exactly what to say on those Valentine’s Day cards.  Include one of these quotes, and you’ll have even the most resistant of hearts swooning over you!

Here are some of of my favorite from the article:

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” This one resonates with me on so many levels. Well said, Emily Bronte, well said.

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy writes in Anna Karenina, “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” One can definitely count on a beautiful delivery from Tolstoy, letting the reader feel her vibrance, warmth, and light just from reading this quote. I’ve read this quote, over and over and each time it leaves me with a smile.

Leave it to Disney to have a character filled with so much love. I think that the all time sweetest line must be written by A.A. Milne when Winnie the Pooh says, “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”

Having loved I have found that nothing is greater, (however, the joys of writing do come pretty close) that is why I find Victor Hugo’s words, in Les Misérables, valid, “To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

The passage in Dangerous Liaisons, Choderlos de Laclos writes what nearly every woman would love to hear, “Now, I’m not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realize that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time you left the room that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. I knew it was hopeless, but that didn’t matter to me. And it’s not that I want to have you. All I want is to deserve you. Tell me what to do. Show me how to behave. I’ll do anything you say.” Write that in a Valentine’s Day card and she will be yours, guaranteed!

This one is for the heartbroken:

BrokeBack Mountain

by Annie Proulx

“I wish I knew how to quit you.”


I will end with a line that has been stated so often it borders on cliché. Still, this quote holds so much truth, and its a personal favorite. Here it is dedicated to those who’s hearts have been bruised, don’t forget that if you have experienced true love you should fondly remember it being as the most wonderful adventure life could give. In the poem “In Memoriam A.H.H.” Alfred Lord Tennyson explains wisely that, ” ‘Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all.”
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