Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Whatever your feelings about today, you can’t deny that love is a great source of inspiration. For centuries we humans have been writing poems and songs celebrating that single, most complicated of emotions. There are so many different shades of love: romantic love, platonic love, the love that exists between family members and, of course, the love of chocolate (that last one might just be me!). Wherever you look in our culture, be it film, TV, music or literature, you can see love’s influence. It rules our lives as well as our hearts.
Those who know me, know that I am a sucker for romance. All my life I have adored fairy tales and believed in the possibility of a happily ever after. Even now, nothing pleases me more than escaping for a few hours with a good romantic book or film. One of the key ingredients I look for in a good book is a love story I can invest in. Nothing makes me want to keep reading more than the thrill of wondering if two characters will eventually overcome all obstacles and end up together.
In honour of Valentine’s Day, then, I want to share with you some of my favourite romantic lines from some of my favourite books. I picked these quotes because they resonated with me. Each one of them defines, for me, what love and romance are all about. I hope they inspire you as much as they have me.
“I asked you here tonight because when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
“But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.” – The Fault In Our Stars, John Green
When I looked into his eyes, I could see without a doubt that he loved me more than anyone else in the world, that I was his salvation, the same way that he was mine. – Shadow Kiss, Richelle Mead
You saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I’m yours. The me that’s me right now is yours. Always. – Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell
“You were the centre of my universe,” I say. “Everything else spun around you.” – Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you. – The Wrath & The Dawn, Renee Ahdieh
“Your words have changed me, Tess; they have made me a better man than I would have been otherwise. Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not read yet. I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die-” – Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare
“There are a hundred trillion cells in the human body,” she said. “And every single one of the cells of my body loves you. We shed cells, and grow new ones, and my new cells love you more than the old ones, which is why I love you more every day than I did before. It’s science.” – City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare
“Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” – Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
“You’re right,” I told him desperately. “I can get others to do what you do. They won’t be as good, but…okay. But it doesn’t matter because no matter how good they are, they can’t replace you. They can’t because I don’t need you only for what you can do. I need you…for you.” – Tempt The Stars, Karen Chance
“He watches her the way Harshaw watches fire. Like he’ll never have enough of her. Like he’s trying to capture what he can before she’s gone.” – Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo
Even before he flipped it over to find the note, he was thinking the very same thing: that he wished more than anything that she was here, too. And just like that, his heart – that dead thing inside of him – came to life again. – The Geography of You and Me, Jennifer E. Smith
“I’ll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours.”- The One, Kiera Cass
You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. – Persuasion, Jane Austen
For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person. – Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins
“The center will hold.”
“How do you know?”
“Because we are the center.” – The Fiery Heart, Richelle Mead
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