If you're looking to craft the
perfect proposal for that special someone, check out the romantic proposal quotes from books listed here. Taken from the last 200 years of English-language literature, these quotes are sure to make your beloved swoon into your arms for that picture-perfect kiss. Literary proposals have a way of sticking in our memories. Classics fans can never forget Mr. Darcy's two proposals — one disastrous, one less so — to Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, or Laurie's proposal to Amy in , and contemporary literature fans can’t get enough of stories like Little Women and Call Me by Your Name This Is How You Lose the Time War. The way we see it, there's nothing wrong with taking a little inspiration from the romantic overtures found in books.
Even if you aren't preparing to pop the question, chances are high that you know someone who is — or perhaps, you simply want to revel in some literary love affairs. Whatever your reason, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in the romantic proposal quotes below.
We only include products that have been independently selected by Bustle's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. “If there is any truth in the world, it lies when I'm with you, and if I find the courage to speak my truth to you one day, remind me to light a candle in thanksgiving at every altar in Rome.” "If I write something, I fear it will happen, and if I love too much, I fear I will lose that person; nevertheless, I cannot stop writing or loving."
by Isabel Allende Paula "In vain have I 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." "You are sunlight through a window, which I stand in, warmed. My darling." Laurence Cendrowicz / PBS "I cannot let you burn me up, nor can I resist you. No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed." “Happiness seeps into me when you're around.... Without invitation, without notice, joy finds me. Being around you is being alive, it's breathing, it's home.” "You meet a new person, you go with him and suddenly you get a whole new city . . . you go down new streets, you see houses you never saw before, pass places you didn't even know were there. Everything changes." “I love you. I love you. I love you. I'll write it in waves. In skies. In my heart. You'll never see, but you will know. I'll be all the poets, I'll kill them all and take each one's place in turn, and every time love's written in all the strands it will be to you.” "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?" "It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment." "I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm." “Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.” "Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading." "After all, a person is herself, and others. Relationships chisel the final shape of one's being. I am me, and you." "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." “I fell in love with you the day that I met you, and then I fell in love with the person you remembered you are. I got to fall in love with you twice. That’s — that’s magic. You’re the first thing I’ve believed in since — since I don’t even remember, okay, you’re — you’re movies and destiny and every stupid, impossible thing, and it’s not because of the fucking train, it’s because of you. It’s because you fight and you care and you’re always kind but never easy, and you won’t let anything take that away from you. You’re my hero.... I don’t care if you think you’re not one. You are.” “You don't find a life. You have to make one, with the people around you and the causes you put your strength into.” "Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it."
by Toni Morrison Jazz "If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets." "I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul." “All these years, [we]’ve been like two little plants sharing the same plot of soil, growing around one another, contorting to make room, taking certain unlikely positions.” “[My] heart has a draft. It lets in light. It lets in storms. It lets in everything.” "As in the soft and sweet eclipse, / When soul meets soul on lovers' lips, / High hearts are calm, and brightest eyes are dull; / So when thy shadow falls on me, / Then am I mute and still, by thee / Covered; of thy love, Orb most beautiful, / Full, oh, too full!" "I want — I want somehow to get away with you into a world where words like that — categories like that — won't exist. Where we shall be simply two human beings who love each other, who are the whole of life to each other; and nothing else on earth will matter." “Happiness is tricky. Sometimes you have to fight for it. Sometimes, though—the best times—it sneaks up behind you, wraps an arm around your waist and pulls you close.”
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This article was originally published on
November 7, 2018