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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

The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon… it sounds romantic, but it’s true – the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time on some amazing machine – a few cars touch on it, but not too many compared to motorcycles. I always felt that any motorcycle journey was special. Antoine Predock

I think it’s important to have closure in any relationship that ends – from a romantic relationship to a friendship. You should always have a sense of clarity at the end and know why it began and why it ended. You need that in your life to move cleanly into your next phase. Jennifer Aniston

A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman, the understanding; a pure one, the soul. Minna Antrim

I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else. John Keats

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou

And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. Khalil Gibran

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. Oscar Wilde

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. Luciano De Crescenzo

A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure. Charlie Chaplin

When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise. William Makepeace Thackeray

My notion of the KGB came from romantic spy stories. I was a pure and utterly successful product of Soviet patriotic education. Vladimir Putin





You who have given me everything, you whose soul is so marvelously twin with mine… Octave Mirbeau

My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, both are infinite.
William Shakespeare

Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words. Margaret Mitchell

…I can forget my very existence in a deep kiss of you. Byron Caldwell Smith

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Let now the chimneys blaze
And cups o’erflow with wine;
Let well-tuned words amaze
With harmony divine….
Thomas Campion

Come live in my heart and pay no rent. Samuel Lover

The Oriole weds his mottled mate,
The Lily weds the bee;
Heaven’s marriage ring is round the earth,
Let me bind thee?
Author Unknown

I but know that I love thee, whatever thou art. Thomas Moore

Angels, pixies, faerie dust
Treading love and living lust.
Terri Guillemets

I could walk forever and a mile with one beautiful girl. ~A.C. Van Cherub, c.1989

Her very frowns are fairer far
Than smiles of other maidens are.
Hartley Coleridge

I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love. William Blake

True love stories never have endings. Richard Bach

You know, maybe I was just born in the wrong time, but I love all things romantic. Puffy understands that. For my last birthday, he covered my hotel room floor with rose petals and had flowers and candles all over the room. Jennifer Lopez

I’m not religious, I’m not romantic and I live purely by logic. I make every decision by logic and sometimes that leads me to the right and sometimes to the wrong decision. Laura Marling

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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

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

[L]eave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
Ben Jonson, To Celia

[T]hat embrace was a foretaste of heaven. R.E.M., “Eva Huntingdon,” 1850

Two souls, one heart. French saying used on poesy rings

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If you don’t love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us. Stendhal

Love is friendship set on fire. Jeremy Taylor

Kiss me and you will see how important I am. Sylvia Plath

Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name. Mignon McLaughlin

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. Jane Austen

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Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips. Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound

My whole heart for my whole life. French saying used on poesy rings

What I do and what I dream
include thee,
as the wine must taste of its own grapes.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Lastly, do I vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things. Catherine of Aragon, 1535

…I must see you again — die in your arms or live in your embrace. Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens

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I love you – I am at rest with you – I have come home. Dorothy L. Sayers

Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet. Katharine Lee Bates

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

So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life. John Milton

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. William Shakespeare

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The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality. Marya Mannes

You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it’s like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos. Tom Hanks

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You know, the man of my dreams might walk round the corner tomorrow. I’m older and wiser and I think I’d make a great girlfriend. I live in the realm of romantic possibility. Stevie Nicks

When I got married, the Sun ran the headline: ‘Here comes the bride, all fat and wide.’ Luckily, it was a few days after the wedding – but it was still hideous to read at a great romantic moment. Jo Brand

I’m a hopeless romantic and I believe that you can find love in many different places and be very conflicted. I’ve discovered as I’ve grown up that life is far more complicated than you think it is when you’re a kid. It isn’t just a straightforward fairytale. Rachel McAdams

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Passion is lightning and thunder of the soul, crashing waves of love, torrential lust, lava-hot kisses, body quaking, directed by storms of the heart.  Terri Guillemets, “Blank pages of an already filled journal,” 2011

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

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. William Shakespeare

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”

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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

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Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. Edgar Allan Poe

Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists… When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence. Edmond de Goncourt



Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young. John Greenleaf Whittier

There’s something about the sound of a train that’s very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful. Paul Simon

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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

Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524

We loved with a love that was more than love. Edgar Allan Poe

In melody divine,
My heart it beats to rapturous love,
I long to call you mine.
Author Unknown

I have the one right every woman in the world possesses—to give herself, body and soul, to the man she loves! E. Phillips Oppenheim

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There’s nothing more romantic than Italian food. Elisha Cuthbert

How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart. William Butler Yeats

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart. Henry Ward Beecher

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise. Victor Hugo

The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes – or just by staring into space. Marilyn Monroe

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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

Ah, lady, when I gave my heart to thee,
It passed into thy lifelong regency.
Gilbert Parker

Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.  Napoleon Bonaparte, letter to wife Josephine, December 1795

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.
Paul Valéry

“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

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I love you more than my own skin. Frida Kahlo

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter. John Keats

I love Paris for the million reasons that everybody loves the city. It’s an incredibly romantic and beautiful place. Alan Furst

Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, ‘This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.’ Ashton Kutcher

I am such a sap when it comes to love! I believe in love at first sight all the way. But that’s just the way it happened to me with my relationships. I love the idea of two people looking at each other and electricity flying around them; it’s so romantic, and it’s a great feeling. Kim Barnouin

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[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, 1861 July 14th

Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde

A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
Author Unknown

Ah me! why may not love and life be one? ~Henry Timrod

Once he drew
With one long kiss my whole soul thro’
My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Love me and the world is mine.  David Reed

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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!)

Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee. English saying used on poesy rings

I’ve felt for the first time in my life the joyful consciousness that I am truly loved by a truly good man, one that with all my heart I can love and honor… one who loves me for myself alone, and with an unselfish, patient, gentle affection such as I never thought to waken in a human heart… a man in whom I can trust without fear, in whose principles I have perfect faith, in whose large, warm, loving heart my own restless soul can find repose.  Anna Alcott Pratt, 1859

My heart to you is given:
Oh, do give yours to me;
We’ll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
Frederick Saunders

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

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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

O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars. Christopher Marlowe

You cannot imagine how happy your letter made me. No creature expresses, because no creature feels, the tender affections so perfectly as you do; and, after all one’s philosophy, it must be confessed that the knowledge that there is some one that takes an interest in one’s happiness, something like that which each man feels in his own, is extremely gratifying. We love, as it were, to multiply the consciousness of our existence, even at the hazard of what Montagu described so pathetically one night upon the New Road, of opening new avenues for pain and misery to attack us. William Godwin

When I walk with you I feel as if I had a flower in my buttonhole. William Makepeace Thackeray

Your love is warmer than summer sunshine, your voice more gentle than the whispering breeze. My soul basks in the tender glow of yours, and finds comfort there. Catherine Hart, Night Flame, 1989

There is no instinct like that of the heart. Lord Byron

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It is in your love that I have bathed, it is the wine of your love that I have drunk…  Octave Mirbeau, A Chambermaid’s Diary, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1900

You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss

There can be no happiness greater than that I enjoyed this afternoon with you, clasped in your arms, your voice mingling with mine, your eyes in mine, your heart upon my heart, our very souls welded together. Juliette Drouet

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

My heart beats faster as you take my hand, my love grows stronger as you touch my soul.  A.C. Van Cherub, 2009

You and I are a deep well of love in the desert of life. Terri Guillemets

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination. John Keats

What is a kiss? Why this, as some approve: The sure, sweet cement, glue, and lime of love. Robert Herrick

Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you. Thomas Wolfe