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54 Famous Literary Quotes About Love You'll Adore

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If you're a bookworm in the mood for L-O-V-E, you will adore these famous literary quotes about love.

Since the title of this post is FAMOUS literary quotes about love, the focus is those love quotes that are most recognizable and popular, from the classics to modern favorites.

They would be especially great for DIY wedding ceremony scripts and beyond!

I bet you will recognize many in this bunch.

Famous Literary Quotes About Love

“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” - Gone With The Wind 

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." - Wuthering Heights

“I wish I knew how to quit you.” - Brokeback Mountain 

"He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man." - The Great Gatsby

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depths and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and idea grace.” - Sonnet 43 by William Shakespeare

“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.” - The Notebook

“Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all.” -  In Memoriam A.H.H. by Alfred Lord Tennyson

“We loved with a love that was more than love.” - Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” - The Fault in Our Stars 

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet “You don’t spell it…you feel it.” ― Winnie the Pooh

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” – A Walk to Remember

“Who, being loved, is poor?”– A Woman of No Importance

“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” ― The Alchemist

“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” - Romeo and Juliet

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”― A Tear and a Smile

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” ― Robert Frost

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” - An Ideal Husband

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” ―The Perks of Being a Wallflower

"Look after my heart – I’ve left it with you." - Eclipse (Book 3 in the Twilight Saga)

"You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not." - My Sister's Keeper

"The course of true love never did run smooth." - A Midsummer Night's Dream

"We are all fools in love.” - Pride and Prejudice

“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.” —The History of Love

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” —Winnie the Pooh

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep. The more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.” - Romeo and Juliet

"This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you." - The Alchemist

"You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful." - The Fault in Our Stars

"You have bewitched me body and soul and I love, love, love you." — Pride and Prejudice

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made."  — Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." - Airman's Odyssey

"What’s mine is yours, and what is yours is mine." - Measure for Measure

"My heart is and always will be yours.” - Pride and Prejudice

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further.” - Les Miserables

“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.” —The Alchemist

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” – Pride and Prejudice

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” —Sonnett XVII by Pablo Neruda

“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.” —Great Expectations

"Do I love you? My god, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches." —The Princess Bride

"Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love." —Hamlet 

"He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking." —Anna Karenina 

"Love is never any better than the lover." —The Bluest Eye 

"When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are to become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No ... don't blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But it is!" - Captain Corelli's Mandolin

"i carry your heart with me (i carry it in / my heart) i am never without it[.]" - E.E. Cummings

"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." - Persuasion

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” - Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close." - 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." - Maya Angelou

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” —War and Peace

“There are darknesses in life, and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” —Dracula

“If it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” —Anna Karenina

"So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee." - Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore, is winged Cupid painted blind.” ―A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” - Les Miserables

“'Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'” - The Velveteen Rabbit

“After all this time?” “Always,” said Snape. ― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Those are all the most famous literary quotes about love.

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