Love Quotes from English Literature
The thing about love is, it is hard to express it wholeheartedly!
Saying “I love you” to your partner may feel like an overused expression.
At times you need deep and meaningful words to express your affection and fondness to him/her. This is why you should take notes of the most beautiful love quotes from literature. Classic love quotes from books to express your feelings.
“I’ve always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.”
These words capture the essence of love! A beautiful quote to define love.
So if you are looking for some inspirational romantic literature quotes I’m here to help!
I have compiled a great list of romantic quotes from literature. These are a set of charming and romantic love quotes you can use on Valentine’s day cards, wedding anniversary cards, or even as wall decor.
These classic quotes are so deep and romantic that they will make great INSTAGRAM captions.
This post also has a shortlist of classic romance books & classic romance poems so that you can add them to your reading list.
So now, let’s get started with 50 classic Love quotes and books from famous authors and poets!
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“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”– Jane Austen
Jane Austen was an English novelist famous for romance novels such as “Sense and Sensibility “, and “Pride and Prejudice”. Most of her characters represented the upper middle class from the early 19th century.
“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”– Emily Brontë
Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet. She was the second eldest of the Brontë sisters. Her only novel “Wuthering Heights” is considered one of the best classic novels of all time.
“Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.”– Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.”- Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn was an English playwright, poet, and fiction writer. She is considered to be a literary role model for women authors as she was one of the first women professional writers. Biographer Janet Todd has written an engaging biography called- “The Secret Life of Aphra Behn”.
“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.”– Paulo Coelho
“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet “You don’t spell it…you feel it.” ― A.A. Milne
Alan Alexander Milne was a British author best known as the creator of “Winnie-the-Pooh” and various other characters in children’s literature. Some of the best books from the Winnie-the-Pooh series include “Winnie-the-Pooh”, “The House At Pooh Corner” and When We Were Very Young”.
“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.” ― Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is a Canadian author and has written more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She is best known for her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Some of her other works include “The Robber Bride”, “Alias Grace”, “The Blind Assassin”.
“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” – Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most celebrated storytellers. All his books have been New York Times bestsellers. His popular works include “The Notebook”, “A Walk to Remember”, and “Safe Haven”.
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”– Oscar Wilde
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once”– John Green
“Who, being loved, is poor?”– Oscar Wilde
Wilde’s another delightful quote about the feeling of being loved.
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”-Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was an American author best known for her memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. Angelou made literary history through the novel as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman.
“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.”– William Shakespeare
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“You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought.”-Arthur Conan Doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle was a British writer and physician best known as a creator of the Sherlock Holmes series.
“Love is a great beautifier.” -Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist and short-story writer. She is the author of the classic “Little Women”. She wrote various other novels under pseudonyms.
“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” -Jane Austen
Austen’s this particular quote is from one of her popular novels “Emma”.
“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” ― Paulo Coelho
Coelho’s thoughtful quote about love and relationship is from “ The Alchemist”.
“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” ― Sarah Dessen
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love in spite of the fact that they’re not.”-Jodi Picoult
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel, commonly known as Dr. Seuss was a children’s author, illustrator, and poet. He wrote more than 40 books for children mainly based on imaginative characters and rhymes.” Oh, the Places You’ll Go”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, and “The Cat in the Hat” are some of his popular works.
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“You love me. Real or not real?” I tell him, “Real.” ― Suzanne Collins
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson
“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”― Kahlil Gibran
Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” James A. Baldwin
James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist and playwright. His works often explored themes like racial, sexual, and class distinctions. His popular works are “The Fire Next Time”, “Giovanni’s Room”, and “Go Tell It on the Mountain”.
“I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.”― Charles Bukowski
“After all this time?” “Always,” said Snape. ― J.K. Rowling
Probably the only quote from the list that’s known for the character who said it, Severus Snape. Exceptionally skilled wizards from the Harry Potter series.
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“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” ― Rumi
Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī, also known as Rumi, was a Persian poet and Islamic scholar. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages. “The Love Poems of Rumi” is one of his popular poems.
“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” ― Robert Frost
Robert Frost was an American poet who is often praised for his realistic portrayal of the rural life of England. His works include “The Road Not Taken and Other Poems”, and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
“I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.” ― Stephen Chbosky
Stephen Chbosky is an American novelist and screenwriter best known for the coming-of-age novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”.
“You are, and always have been, my dream.” ― Nicholas Sparks
This romantic quote is from Sparks’s most famous novel “The Notebook “. Which is also one of the most romantic movies of all time.
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“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” ― Zelda Fitzgerald
Zelda Fitzgerald was an American socialist, novelist, and the wife of the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald who described her as “the first American flapper.” Biographer Sally Cline has written a meticulously researched book about the novelist. “Zelda Fitzgerald”
“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
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato
Plato was a classical Greek philosopher and a student of Socrates. He is considered the founder of Western political philosophy. His book “The Republic” is widely recognized as the cornerstone of Western philosophy.
“We loved with a love that was more than love.” ― Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was an American short-story writer, poet, and literary critic. His book “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is described as the first modern detective story. Some of his best works include, “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee”.
“I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.” ― Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, playwright, composer, philosopher, and painter. His writing mostly included common people’s lives and nature. His most famous work is “Gitanjali”.
“Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that’s beautiful.” ― Milan Kundera
“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” ― Pablo Neruda
Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto better known by his pen name Pablo Neruda was a prominent Latin American poet of the 20th century. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, “100 Love Sonnets”, and “The Captain’s Verses” are some of his best works.
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”― Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a 19th century German philosopher. As a scholar and cultural critic, he became one of the most influential modern thinkers. Some of his best works include “The Anti-Christ”, “On the Genealogy of Morality” and “Beyond Good and Evil”
“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.” ― Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami is a well-known Japanese writer. His works have been widely popular all over the world. “Norwegian Wood”, “Kafka on the Shore” and “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” are some of his best works.
“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” ― Ernest Hemingway
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain;” ― Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson was an American poet. Although she wasn’t a celebrated figure during her life, later she is regarded as a prominent poet in literature. “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers” is one of her best poems.
“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”― Stephanie Perkins
“Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.” ― Charles Dickens
“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” ― C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis was an Irish-born scholar and writer best known as the author of the Chronicles of Narnia series.
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a French writer and poet. Best known for “The Little Prince”. He has also written numerous other books including “Citadelle”, and “Wind, Sand and Stars” are his notable works.
“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.” ― Paulo Coelho
Another great quote from “The Alchemist” author. This quote is a great reminder for us on how to treat “love”.
Look after my heart – I’ve left it with you.- Stephenie Meyer
“One word Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” ― Sophocles
Sophocles was one of Athens’ three great tragic playwrights best known for his 123 dramas in Oedipus the King.
“Today we will read love poetry. You shall read aloud to me and we will weep together.” ― Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch was an Irish-British novelist. She is best known for her novels about sexual relationships and morality. Some of her works include “The Bell”, “The Black Prince”, and “The Good Apprentice”.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”— Helen Keller
Helen Keller was an American author and political activist. She lost her sight and hearing when she was nineteen months old. She has authored 13 books including “The Story of My Life”, “The World I Live In”, “Light in my Darkness”.
“We love the things we love for what they are.” ― Robert Frost
Another beautiful quote from the poet to remind us of the reason for the pure love we have for someone.
Must-read classic books about love
Here are 10 timeless classic romance novels that you should read at least once. These enthralling classic books have the most romantic and memorable characters in literature.
- “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë
- “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
- “Gone With The Wind” by Margaret Mitchell
- “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen
- “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy
- “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare
- “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë
- “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
- “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- “Far From the Madding Crowd “ by Thomas Hardy
Inspirational classic love poems
I don’t think there is a better way to express love than through poetry. Poets pen immense emotions through their words that makes it utterly impossible no to fall in love with these beautiful lines.
- “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
- “Bright Star” by John Keats
- “Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds” by William Shakespeare
- “The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred Tennyson
- “Songs of Innocence and of Experience“ by William Blake
Time For YOUR action:
Do you have other quotes to add to the list? What’s your favourite one to write on a valentine’s day card? Let me know in the comments!
Always curious to hear from you,
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