Every one of us has experienced this moment: when you read a quote in a book, look at the page, and simply say to yourself “my gosh, that was beautiful!”. With Valentine’s Day two days away, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favourite love quotes in literature. Ranging from classic throwbacks (it’s Thursday, therefore it’s allowed!) to modern YA love stories, breathless romances to beautiful friendships, this list has it all. So grab a cup of tea and prepare to get all warm and fuzzy, enjoy!
Our favourite love quotes from literature (in no particular order…we just couldn’t decide!):
In How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran we watch Joanna experience first love in all of its lovely, messy and unrequited glory. This book is outlandish, hilarious and a great addition to feminist fiction, but it also has some of the most romantic and deeply personal lines I’ve ever read.
Do we even have to explain ourselves for this one? Arwen and Aragorn. That’s it. If you haven’t heard of these two… well, there may be no hope for you!
It’s not often that you come across a book that depicts love in such a raw and truthful way. In Heather O’Neill‘s 2014 Giller Prize nominated book, nineteen- year-old Nouschka Tremblay allows you the privilege of seeing life and love in a multitude of ways.
4. Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald hold a place among the most legendary literary love stories (points for alliteration!) of all time. F .Scott has so many quotable lines, as we all know, he penned one of the greatest love stories in literature, The Great Gatsby. In case you’ve been on a remote island for the past two years and missed Leonardo Di Caprio acting his heart out in the recent adaption, here you go! …alright fine, we just wanted an excuse to look at Leo…can you blame us?
In How To Love by Katie Cotugno, Reena has loved Sawyer for as long as she can remember and when they finally get together, they fall into a romance that accurately demonstrates how love, at any age, is complicated. But that doesn’t make it wrong.
6. Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne
Sure, sure, 50 Shades of Grey is coming out on February 14th. But Valentine’s Day isn’t only about romantic love, so don’t forget all of the other people who are extremely special to you. Who’s the Piglet to your Winnie the Pooh? Now, go over to them and give them a big hug! Go, now!
If anyone knows how to write a love story, it’s Meg Cabot. Mia Thermopolis and Michael Moscovitz are an OTP to last a lifetime. This love story has spanned ten novels and a new installment, Royal Wedding, is going to be released in June of this year!
Jennifer Robson‘s sequel to Somewhere In France is perfect for anyone who loves some old time romance. Following Charlotte and Edward as they work to pick up the pieces of a country in the aftermath of war, this book can rival any episode of Downton Abbey. (Not that we don’t love Downton, that would be blasphemy!)
Couldn’t have said it better myself, Wilbur.
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Happy Valentine’s Day, readers!
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