Romance is the literature of hope. ~Damon Suede
My heart to you is given:
Oh, do give yours to me;
We’ll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
Two lovers in the rain have no need of an umbrella. ~Japanese Proverb
The simple lack of her is more to me than others’ presence. ~Edward Thomas
See! the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea: –
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, Love’s Philosophy
Two souls, one heart. ~French saying used on poesy rings
Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs. ~Ovid
What I do and what I dream
as the wine must taste of its own grapes.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My heart beats faster as you take my hand, my love grows stronger as you touch my soul. ~A.C. Van Cherub, 2009
I wish I had the gift of making rhymes, for methinks there is poetry in my head and heart since I have been in love with you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, letter to wife Sophia, 5 December 1839
[L]eave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
~Ben Jonson, To Celia
As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. ~William Shakespeare
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
A man had given all other bliss,
And all his worldly worth for this,
To waste his whole heart in one kiss
Upon her perfect lips.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson
…I must see you again — die in your arms or live in your embrace. ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens
I want a soul mate who can sit me down, shut me up, tell me ten things I don’t already know, and make me laugh. I don’t care what you look like, just turn me on. And if you can do that, I will follow you on bloody stumps through the snow. I will nibble your mukluks with my own teeth. I will do your windows. I will care about your feelings. Just have something in there. ~Henry Rollins
Her very frowns are fairer far
Than smiles of other maidens are.
Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words. ~Margaret Mitchell
Come live in my heart and pay no rent. ~Samuel Lover
Angels, pixies, faerie dust
Treading love and living lust.
When love is not madness, it is not love. ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Love me and the world is mine. ~David Reed
The Oriole weds his mottled mate,
The Lily weds the bee;
Heaven’s marriage ring is round the earth,
Let me bind thee?
Who, being loved, is poor? ~Oscar Wilde
My whole heart for my whole life. ~French saying used on poesy rings
Let now the chimneys blaze
And cups o’erflow with wine;
Let well-tuned words amaze
With harmony divine….
~Thomas Campion, “Winter Nights”
He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began. ~Leo Tolstoy
I love thee – I love thee,
‘Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.
Lastly, do I vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things. ~Catherine of Aragon, 1535
You’ve knocked my existence askew,
and yet I’m straightaway in love with you!
I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain. ~John Keats
Once he drew
With one long kiss my whole soul thro’
My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson
…I can forget my very existence in a deep kiss of you. ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, both are infinite.
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. ~William Shakespeare
Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. ~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524
Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score;
Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on,
To make that thousand up a million;
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let’s kisse afresh, as when we first begun.
~Robert Herrick, “To Anthea (III)”
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said. ~Victor Hugo
In melody divine,
My heart it beats to rapturous love,
I long to call you mine.
I but know that I love thee, whatever thou art. ~Thomas Moore
There he lay—that recreant knight,
And a dark-eyed eastern damsel
Chained him in a bondage sweet;
Drunken with her flush of beauty,
All his world lay at her feet.
~J.J. Britton (1832–1913), “The False Knight”
How my memory treasures every sweet stray moment of our past — handclasp, kiss and heart-beat, the passion of those dear unfathomable eyes, the rustle of garments, the gliding steps and lingering farewells! ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens
A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
I can no longer think of anything but you. In spite of myself, my imagination carries me to you. I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me. ~Honore de Balzac, letter to Evelina Hanska, June 1836
There is no Heaven—this is the best;
O hold me closer to your breast;
Let your face lean upon my face,
That there no longer shall be space
Between our lips, between our eyes.
I feel your bosom’s fall and rise.
~Amy Levy, “Christopher Found,” c.1884
The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. ~George Moore
I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes,
After the day’s great sun.
~Charles Hanson Towne
You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. ~Dr. Seuss
Oh, hasten not this loving act,
Rapture where self and not-self meet:
My life has been the awaiting you,
Your footfall was my own heart’s beat.
All commands from your lips are sweet…. ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens
…Let the world know, if there was ever love:
Mine for you…
When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks. ~Natalie Clifford Barney
Ah, lady, when I gave my heart to thee,
It passed into thy lifelong regency.
“We will never be separated again,” he said, tenderly; and Margaret clung to him as if her whole soul demanded the fulfilment of that promise. ~August Bell, “Quicksands of Love,” 1887
Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unravelled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: –
So many times do I love again.
~Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire. ~Napolean Bonaparte, letter to wife Josephine, December 1795
My debt to you, Belovèd,
Is one I cannot pay
In any coin of any realm
On any reckoning day.
~Jessie B. Rittenhouse
To lovers, I devise their imaginary world, with whatever they may need, as the stars of the sky, the red, red roses by the wall, the snow of the hawthorn, the sweet strains of music, and aught else they may desire to figure to each other the lastingness and beauty of their love. ~Williston Fish, “A Last Will,” 1898
I could walk forever and a mile with one beautiful girl. ~A.C. Van Cherub, c.1989
If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike, that none doe slacken, none can die.
When I am with you, the only place I want to be is closer. ~Author Unknown
They who meet on an April night are forever lost in love, if there’s moonlight all about and there’s no moon above. ~E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Fred Saidy, dialogue just before the song “Old Devil Moon” in the musical Finian’s Rainbow (Thanks, Katherine!)
No, you cannot live on kisses,
Though the honeymoon is sweet,
Harken, brides, a true word this is,—
Even lovers have to eat.
~Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron, “June,” A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina’s Best Recipes, 1917
Ah me! why may not love and life be one? ~Henry Timrod
So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life. ~John Milton
Blessed are the lovers….
they cling to one another
like small frightened animals who tremble, knowing they will die….
Their only strength against the wind and tide
are the beautifying words of all existence: I love you.
We shall grow old together to the end….
~Roberto Sosa, “The Most Ancient Names of Fire,” translated by Jo Anne Engelbert
[M]y love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break… ~Sullivan Ballou, letter to wife Sarah, 14 July 1861
We loved with a love that was more than love. ~Edgar Allan Poe
For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee. ~English saying used on poesy rings
Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
I love your hills and I love your dales,
And I love your flocks a-bleating;
but oh, on the heather to lie together,
With both our hearts a-beating!
Your love is warmer than summer sunshine, your voice more gentle than the whispering breeze. ~Catherine Hart, Night Flame, 1989