40 Hopeless Romantic Lines From Literature

“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.”

― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

#1 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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“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.”

#2 Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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

#3 Persuasion by Jane Austen

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“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.”

#4 Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

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“I wish I knew how to quit you.”

#5 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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“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.”

#6 The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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“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.”

#7 Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady by Samual Richardson

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“By my soul, I can neither eat, drink, nor sleep; nor, what’s still worse, love any woman in the world but her.”

#8 Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

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“In vain I have 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.”

#9 Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte

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

#10 North And South by Elizabeth Gaskell

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“All this gladness in life, all honest pride in doing my work in the world, all this keen sense of being, I owe to her!” And it doubles the gladness, it makes the pride glow, it sharpens the sense of existence till I hardly know if it is pain or pleasure, to think that I owe it to one – nay, you must, you shall hear” – said he, stepping forwards with stern determination – “to one whom I love, as I do not believe man ever loved woman before.”

#11 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”

#12 Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

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“You know what I am going to say. I love you. What other men may mean when they use that expression, I cannot tell; what I mean is, that I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction which I have resisted in vain, and which overmasters me. You could draw me to fire, you could draw me to water, you could draw me to the gallows, you could draw me to any death, you could draw me to anything I have most avoided, you could draw me to any exposure and disgrace. This and the confusion of my thoughts, so that I am fit for nothing, is what I mean by your being the ruin of me. But if you would return a favourable answer to my offer of myself in marringe, you could draw me to any good – every good – with equal force.”

#13 Possession by A.S. Byatt

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“I cannot let you burn me up, nor can I resist you. No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.”

#14 The Portait Of A Lady by Henry James

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“It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better.”

#15 The Road by Cormac Mccarthy

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“Lying under such a myriad of stars. The sea’s black horizon. He rose and walked out and stood barefoot in the sand and watched the pale surf appear all down the shore and roll and crash and darken again. When he went back to the fire he knelt and smoothed her hair as she slept and he said if he were God he would have made the world just so and no different.”

#16 The Rover by Aphra Benn

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“One hour of right down love is worth an age of dully living on.”

#17 Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms by Thomas Moore

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“Oh the heart that has truly loved never forgets, But as truly loves on to the close.”

#18 Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

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“It is better to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.”

#19 Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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

#20 Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne

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“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.”

#21 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”

#22 The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle

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“You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought.”

#23 The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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“The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.”

#24 Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen

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“It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; – it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”

#25 The Amber Gods by Harriet Prescott Spofford

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“The winds were warm about us, the whole earth seemed the wealthier for our love.”

#26 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

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“She was more than human to me. She was a Fairy, a Sylph, I don’t know what she was – anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted. I was swallowed up in an abyss of love in an instant. There was no pausing on the brink; no looking down, or looking back; I was gone, headlong, before I had sense to say a word to her.”

#27 The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

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“Her life with others no longer interests him. He wants only her stalking beauty, her theatre of expressions. He wants the minute secret reflection between them, the depth of field minimal, their foreignness intimate like two pages of a closed book.”

#28 In An Artist’s Studio by Christina Rossetti

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“He feeds upon her face by day and night, And she with true kind eyes looks back on him, Fair as the moon and joyful as the light.”

#29 Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare

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

Atonement by 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.”

#30 1984 by George Orwell

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The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all round him. She had become a physical necessity.

#31  Looking for Alaska by John Green

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I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase.

#32 Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

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I have a million things to talk to you about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning.

#33 Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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She sat leaning back in her chair, looking ahead, knowing that he was as aware of her as she was of him. She found pleasure in the special self-consciousness it gave her. When she crossed her legs, when she leaned on her arm against the window sill, when she brushed her hair off her forehead – every movement of her body was underscored by a feeling the unadmitted words for which were: Is he seeing it?

#34 Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

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I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

#35  A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

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We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.

#36 Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald

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I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside me there’ll always be the person I am to-night.

#37 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.

#38 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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…I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.

#39 Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

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“If you gave someone your heart and they died, did they take it with them? Did you spend the rest of forever with a hole inside you that couldn’t be filled?”

#40 Dr. Suess

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

Happy reading!

Liefs,

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