The Most Romantic Quotes In Literature

‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all” said the much-loved poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson. For centuries the world’s most well known writers have pondered love in their eminent works. And with Valentines Day fast approaching, what better way to while away an afternoon than to pore over some of the most romantic lines in literature.

Classic novels, famous poems and even children’s books – we’ve raided the bookshelf in search of some of the most romantic quotes to get your heart beating. So sit down, relax, and indulge in these amorous musings from some of the best wordsmiths in history…

1: War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy


“We are asleep until we fall in love!”

Buy War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

2: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen


“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love”

Buy Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen

3: Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H.Lawrence


“It’s terrible, once you’ve got a man into your blood!” she said.”

Buy Lady Chatterley’s Love by D.H. Lawrence

4: Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare


“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”

Buy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

5: Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez


“There is no greater glory than to die for love.”

Buy Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

6: Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen 


come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at
liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours.”

Buy Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

7: Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy


loved Troy in the way that only self-reliant women love when they
abandon their self-reliance.” 

Buy Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

8: Atonement, Ian McEwan


“…falling in love could be achieved in a single word – a glance.” 

Buy Atonement by Ian McEwan

9: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos


“I see you are already as timid as a slave: you might as well be in love.”

Buy Dangerous Liaisions by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

10: Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and
if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn
to a mighty stranger.”

Buy Wurthering Height by Emily Bronte

11: Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak

“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.”

Buy Doctor Zhivago by Boris Paternak.

12: Atonement, Ian McEwan


“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.”

Buy Atonement by Ian McEwan

13: Persuasion, Jane Austen

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.”

Buy Persuasion by Jane Austen.

14:Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

“Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same”

Buy Wurthering Height by Emily Bronte

15: Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope,
against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”

Buy Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

16: Winnie the Pooh, A.A.Milne

“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.”

Buy Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne.

17: In Memoriam A.H.H, Alfred Lord Tennyson

“‘Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all.”

Buy Selected Poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

18: Les Misérables, Victor Hugo

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

Buy Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.

19: Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Buy Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

20: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

“He made me love him without looking at me.”

Buy Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

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