Love Letters from Literature: Famous Quotes on Love from Beloved Books

Words…the magic of words and their ability to stir emotions never ceases to amaze us. There are quotes that stay with you for a lifetime. Sometimes, it’s just the pure beauty of the words and how they are strung together like a melody. At other times it’s because we understand the depth of the emotion, for we have felt it ourselves. And then there are those quotes we long to hear said to us.

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Famous Love Quotes as a Testament to the Power of Love in Books

Love is a powerful emotion that we all need in our lives. There are so many famous quotes about love that we could fill a book with them. Here are some of our favorites, and we can’t wait to hear yours!

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

In Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Captain Wentworth wrote this incredible note to Anne Elliot:

"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever. 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."

About the book

In a letter to her niece, Jane Austen wrote, “You may perhaps like the Heroine, as she is almost too good for me." This was her last novel and is also one of her most popular works. Persuasion is the story of a mature heroine and second chances, and is definitely worth a read. There is something about the classics that keeps us captivated generation after generation.

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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

In The Notebook, Noah wrote the following words to Allie:

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more. That plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me.”

About the book

This is one of those love stories that captures your heart. It has been described as a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again. It is a story of enduring love that has the capacity to turn tragedy into triumph and may even have the power to create a miracle.

More books like this can be found in our Adult Ready-To-Ship collection!

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

“He murmured her name, tenderly taking her face in his hands. “I love you,” he said, his voice low and fervent. “I love you with everything I am, everything I’ve been, and everything I hope to be.”

“I love you with my past, and I love you for my future.” He bent forward and kissed her, once, softly, on the lips. “I love you for the children we’ll have and for the years we’ll have together. I love you for every one of my smiles, and even more, for every one of your smiles.”

Big sigh…yes, that’s all I have to say on this one!

About the book

Although we have sold out of this book, make sure to check out the rest of our Bridgerton Collection.

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for… well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret… and fears she doesn’t know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the never-ending sameness of his life, and, most of all, tired of everyone’s preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply… there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide… is she his biggest threat—or his promise of a happy ending?

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

We thought we would end off with another classic; there is just something about them that is timeless.

“I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you are good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”

About the book

This is the story of Jane Eyre, an orphan forced to grow up in the home of her heartless aunt, enduring loneliness and cruelty. But her childhood helped strengthen her natural independence and spirit which she was in desperate need of when she started working as a governess to the young ward of who can only be described as the brooding Mr Rochester.

As her feelings for Mr. Rochester develop, she gradually uncovers Thornfield Hall's terrible secret, forcing her to make a choice. Should she stay with Rochester and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions - even if it means leaving the man she loves?

For all the Jane Eyre fans, we have the perfect surprise book box we know you will enjoy. Our Castle of the Evil Eye box features Within These Wicked Walls, a retelling of Jane Eyre, by Lauren Blackwood and was a resounding hit with its 5-star reviews!

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Conclusion: The Endless Narratives of Love

But in case you think that love letters, those ones that capture your heart, only happen within the pages of a book, you are very much mistaken. Here is a letter Johnny Cash wrote to his wife, June Carter, on her 65th birthday.

“We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each other’s minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes we take each other for granted. But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.”

Love, love just makes me sigh. It’s the only emotion where you are at your most vulnerable – you open yourself to the potential of pain and heartbreak, but it’s the joy of love that keeps us returning and taking another chance. It's why we are drawn to romances and the power of love to overcome all.

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