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Quotes: Love (Romantic)

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”
Jane Austen, Emma

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.”
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

“You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. 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. Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, pad of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation I associate you only with the good, and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“The only way to conquer the passion of love is to flee from it.”
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part I, Chapter XXXIIII

“Love, the way I hear it, sometimes flies in and sometimes walks; with this one it runs and with that one it dawdles; it tempers the passions in some; it wounds others; and still others it slays.”
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part I, Chapter XXXIIII

“For they might be parted for hundreds of years, she and Peter…but suddenly it would come over her, If he were with me now what would he say?—some days, some sights bringing him back to her calmly, without the old bitterness; which perhaps was the reward of having cared for people; they came back in the middle of St. James’s Park on a fine morning—indeed they did.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

“‘Septimus has been working too hard’—that was all she could say to her own mother. To love makes one solitary, she thought. She could tell nobody, not even Septimus now.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

“It is to the credit of human nature that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlett Letter

“Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create a sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

“To love without an echo is the death knell of the soul. Foolishly, the soulless body grows anyway, marches into the future without its nucleus, without its self, bonsaied by this echoless love.”
Susan Richards, Chosen by a Horse

“O, how this spring of love resembleth / The uncertain glory of an April day, / Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, / And by an by a cloud takes all away!”
William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

“But love is blind, and lovers cannot see / The pretty follies that themselves commit.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice II.vi

“O love, be moderate; allay thy ecstasy; In measure rain they joy; scant this excess! I feel too much thy blessing: make it less, For fear I surfeit!” William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice III.ii

“How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon the bank! Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice V.i

“Time and time again in our testing, men told us that what a woman looked like, or how good she was in bed, was not the deciding factor when it came to choosing a life partner. In the end what they wanted was a woman who could see right through them and not fall for all the games they used to keep people from getting too close. They wanted a woman they could respect for the depth of her perception—a woman who understood them and still loved them. Not surprisingly, we found that women were looking for exactly the same thing in men.”
Burton Silver and Martin O’Connor, Everything He Hasn’t Told You Yet

“If you feel the flow of love in your life, you have a springboard to miracles under your feet with every step. If you don’t feel the flow of love, you could be a billionaire and feel like a pauper. Without love, you could be a movie star and not be able to look at your face in the mirror.”
Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks, Lasting Love

“The first sign of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl, boldness.”
Victor Hugo

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2 comments on “Quotes: Love (Romantic)

  1. emmabarrett1508
    August 11, 2014

    Love these quotes. Thanks for sharing. Emma.


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