“Love gives all its reasons, as if they were terms for peace.” —Jonathan Wells, Love’s Body
Even the most seasoned writers can get stuck in the mud when it comes to putting the right words together for a love note. Not a letter. That can be pages and pages and you have opportunities of time and space to work through what is in your heart. I’m talking about a note…a few simple words…a brief but powerful statement about your love for someone. Notes like this are perfect for Valentine’s Day. So how do you make it the best it can be?
Okay, not really steal. But borrow. Some of the greatest writers and poets have crafted incredible words of love that have lasted for decades, even centuries. They have stood up to the test of time. So, why reinvent the wheel? Certainly I’m not suggesting you take credit for these loving and poignant words. I’m only saying this: Why not let the words of the masters do the work?
Here are several of what I would argue are the best words of love from literature. Use any of these in your love note and you’ll win the day.
“You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.” —Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” —Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
“Each time you happen to me over again.” —Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
“The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.” —Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things.
“You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought.” —Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company
“I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.” —Ian McEwan, Atonement
“The curves of her lips rewrite history.”—Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once.” —John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
What are your favorite lines of love from literature?