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35 of the Most Romantic Quotes from Literature

Looking for romantic quotes from literature for your wedding readings or signage? We've got 35 beautiful quotes to inspire you

romantic quotes from literature

romantic quotes from literature


Whether you’re total bookworms and have the perfect library wedding venue, or you are just searching for some romantic words to include in your wedding, we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic quotes from literature to inspire you.

Why not get your favourites put on to wedding signs to use around your venue? Or make a note of them to include in future wedding anniversary cards?

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Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell


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

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A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway


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

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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres


“When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are to become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No … don’t blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? But it is!”

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Adam Bede – George Eliot


“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”

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For One More Day – Mitch Albom


“You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.”

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Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy


“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.”

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Les Miserables – 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.”

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The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks


“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.”

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Dr 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.”

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Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen


“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.”

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Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte


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

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The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton


“Each time you happen to me all over again.”

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The Symposium – Plato


“And when one of them meets with his other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy.”

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Prometheus Unbound – Percy Bysshe Shelley


“Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.”­

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The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald


“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.”

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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.”

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The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James


“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.”

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Rabbi Ben Ezra – Robert Browning


“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.”

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The White Company – Arthur Conan Doyle


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

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The Road – Cormac McCarthy


“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.”

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Stop All the Clocks – W. H. Auden


“He was my North, my South, my East and West, my working week and my Sunday rest.”

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Hamlet – William Shakespeare


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

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The Amber Gods – Harriet Prescott Spofford


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

This quote is perfect as a wedding motto if you’re eloping to a romantic destination!

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Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


“I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat was threadbare – there were holes at his elbows; the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul.”

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The Clod and the Pebble – William Blake


“Love seeketh not itself to please, Nor for itself hath any care; But for another gives its ease, And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.”

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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.”

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A Woman of No Importance – Oscar Wilde


“Who, being loved, is poor?”

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Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare


“I do love nothing in the world so well as you – is not that strange?”

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin


“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”

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The Princess Bride – William Goldman


“Do I love you? My god, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.”

This quote is perfect if you’re looking for beach themed wedding ideas!

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Annabel Lee – Edgar Allan Poe


“We loved with a love that was more than love.”

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Great Expectations – Charles Dickens


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

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A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway


“Why, darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.”

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Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom


“I like myself better when I’m with you.”

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling



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If you’re searching for even more quote-spiration, what about reading our round up of the best Disney quotes for wedding readings?