43 Of The Most Romantic Lines From Literature

 

The members of the BuzzFeed Community tell us about their favourite romantic lines from literature. These are some of their responses:

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2. “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.”
—Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

3. “Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same…If 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.”
—Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

4. “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”
—Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice

5. “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

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7. “Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps… perhaps…love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.”
—Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

8. “If it weren’t for her, there would never have been an empty space, or the need to fill it.”
—Nicole Krause, The History of Love

9. “He doesn’t want you to be real, and to think and to live. He doesn’t love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms.”
—E. M. Forster, A Room With A View

10. “The more you love someone, he came to think, the harder it is to tell them. It surprised him that strangers didn’t stop each other on the street to say I love you.”

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Read more here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/most-romantic-lines-from-literature

 

Literary Quotes (Part 5)

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“We are so used to releasing words, we don’t know what to do with them if they stay. No matter how many times we let them go, they come back. The words that matter always stay.”
– David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility (via bookmania)

“Let books and words be the bandages for your heart.”
– (via bibliophilefiles)

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

“Be awesome. Be a book nut.”
– Dr Seuss (via tessasbookshelf)

“Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, since it is a dangerous and contagious disease.”
– Peter Abelard (1079–1142)

“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” – Anne Lamott

“I’ve always found that the better the book I’m reading, the smarter I feel, or, at least, the more able I am to imagine that I might, someday, become smarter.” – Francine Prose (via chelseyphilpot)

“Anyone who calls writing “lazy” obviously isn’t a writer.”
– Journaling-Junkie, “Writing IS a job!” (via journaling-junkie)

“Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.” – Ezra Pound (via writingquotes)

“I cannot live without books.” Thomas Jefferson.
– Book Geek Quotes #475 (via bookgeekconfessions)

Literary Quotes (Part 2)

“The generalizing writer is like the passionate drunk, stumbling into your house mumbling: I know I’m not being clear, exactly, but don’t you kind of feel what I’m feeling?”
George Saunders (via writersrelief)

‘Sometimes you need to tell, not show’
(lilyevansjamespotter)

“All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all time.”
John Ruskin (via the-bookmark)

“Put the reader first. Invent. And be patient.”
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and new owner of the Washington Post (source)

“Wanted or not, dreams and exaggerations will run rampant in the daily mind of the creative genius.”
AJB (via journaling-junkie)

“I would rather be known as an average writer or even a pretty bad writer, than not be known as a writer at all.”
Beant (Infiniti)

“I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories. I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (via bookmania)

“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”
Mark Twain (via c-oquetry)

“The stories we love best do live in us forever.”
J. K. Rowling (via letstalkguys)

“… The space between daily language and literature is not terribly deep nor wide, but does contain a vital difference – of intent and intensity.”
Mary Oliver, “A Poetry Handbook” (via audiblehush)