The 10 Best Literary Quotes for Your Valentine’s Day Card

Despite the naysayers, Valentine’s Day is still an occasion to celebrate the one you love and to tell them exactly how you feel. As you hold your feathered quill over a card for your beloved, worn but beloved phrases like, “Let me count the ways” may come to mind, but if you’re writing sweet nothings for a fellow book nerd, you may want to dig a little deeper. Here are ten ways to say those three little words and avoid the dreaded “You shouldn’t have” reply. (Hint: If you tuck your card inside one of these books, you’ll have a love letter and a gift all wrapped up together!) Get to it, love birds.

“I Carry Your Heart with Me,” by E.E. Cummings

“here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)”

Save Me the Waltz, by Zelda Fitzgerald

“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”

The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

This Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen

“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater…The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that’s the key. It’s like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.”

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera

“She had an overwhelming desire to tell him, like the most banal of women. Don’t let me go, hold me tight, make me your plaything, your slave, be strong! But they were words she could not say. The only thing she said when he released her from his embrace was, ‘You don’t know how happy I am to be with you.’ That was the most her reserved nature allowed her to express.”

Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”

A Room with a View, by E.M. Forster

“You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”

The Hundred Secret Senses, by Amy Tan

“I love and am loved, fully and freely, nothing expected, more than enough received.”

All About Love, by bell hooks

“Love is an action, never simply a feeling.”

 This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett

“The love between humans is the thing that nails us to this earth.”









What are your favorite literary quotes about love?

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