Inspired by the simple math of “love + literature = win,” here are a few sweet quotes about the lovin’ feelings you get when you find that someone special.
Emily Brontë could care less what souls are made of; in Wuthering Heights, it’s all about how they work together.
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
Great Expectations is the opposite of a happy love story, but these few lines by Charles Dickens are some of the most beautiful he has penned together in the name of love.
“You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here… You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be.”
One of Pablo Neruda’s 100 Love Sonnets is all about the sorcery that turns two lovers into one.
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
Bob Marley makes the case that accepting your flaws is part of what makes you perfect for each other. (Yes, he’s a musician… but music is made of words, no?)
“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”
In Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternack describes the kiss test.
“You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.”
Excellent rules for kissing from Margaret Mitchell in Gone with the Wind.
“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
In Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières describes the choices you make when you first fall in love.
“When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are to become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No … don’t blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? But it is!”
What are your favorite literary love quotes? Share them in the comments!