23 Of The Most Romantic Quotes From Literature

Not everyone is able to write moving love poetry, or perfectly encapsulate in a letter the feelings they have for their beloved. Whatever you're trying to say, somebody else has probably said it better already, so I recommend stealing their words and using them for your own gain. This especially works if your boo loves literature, trust me. Anyway, here are some of the most romantic lines from literature.

1) “Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”
—Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
2) “He doesn’t want you to be real, and to think and to live. He doesn’t love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms.”
—E. M. Forster, A Room With A View
3) “The more you love someone, he came to think, the harder it is to tell them. It surprised him that strangers didn’t stop each other on the street to say I love you.”
—Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated
4) "If I loved you less I might be able to talk about it more."
- Jane Austen, Emma
5) "Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt that I love."
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet

6) "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tel me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever."
- Jane Austen, Persuasion
7) "If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
- John Green, Looking for Alaska
8) “I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
—Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
9) "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once."
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
10) “The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.”
- Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
11) “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
12) “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones
13) “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore, is winged Cupid painted blind.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
14) “You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
15) “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
16) “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
17) “You can love someone so much...But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.”
― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
18) “I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty…you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.”
- J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
19) “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”
— John Green, Paper Towns

20) “I like flaws. I think they make things interesting.”
― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
21) “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
22) “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
23) “The mouth is made for communication, and nothing is more articulate than a kiss.”
― Jarod Kintz, It Occurred to Me

Orlaith Costello
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Orlaith is a Creative Writing graduate from NUI Galway. Hailing from the low lying fields of Athenry, or at least what’s left of the low lying fields. She enjoys the internet as a means of living vicariously through others from the safe confines of her own bed. She will initiate a dance off after at least two drinks on any given night out.
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