There are some romantic book quotes that almost everyone has heard before. Of course, there’s Mr. Darcy’s first proposal from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: “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.” There’s Rhett Butler’s declaration to Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind: “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” And who could forget Catherine’s heart-wrenching declaration about Heathcliff in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights?: “Whatever our souls are made of,his and mine are the same.”
You’ve heard these quotes again and again. You’ve probably doodled them in margins of notebooks, framed them and hung them on your walls, or purchased mugs with the sayings painted on the sides. But for every famous book quote, there is a quote that you’ve yet to discover. These classic will always be favorites for wedding vows and Valentine's Day cards, but there are so many obscure and insanely romantic quotes that also deserve your attention. They’re hiding everywhere from classic books, to YA, to bestsellers. Maybe they're even hiding in books you've read a thousand times, but they're passed over for more often-quoted lines. While these quotes might not be as recognizable, they’re just as beautiful and romantic. Here are some of the top romantic book quotes that you’ve never heard.
"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 itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But it is!"
—Louis de Bernières, Corelli's Mandolin
"All this gladness in life, all honest pride in doing my work in the world, all this keen sense of being, I owe to her... you must, you shall hear... to one whom I love, as I do not believe man ever loved woman before."
—Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
"It's like being in love, discovering your best friend."
—Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
"Love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory."
—Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
"Your countenance perfectly informs me that you were in company last night with the person, whom you think the most agreeable in the world, the person who interests you at this present time, more than all the rest of the world put together."
—Jane Austen, Persuasion
"I'm going to find a way to be happy, and I'd really love to be happy with you, but if I can't be happy with you, then I'll find a way to be happy without you."
—Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
"I love your name. I don't want to cheat myself out of a single syllable."
—Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
"I love her, and that's the beginning and end of everything."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
"Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with."
— Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes
"Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it."
— Toni Morrison, Jazz (The Trilogy, #2)
"I will follow you to the ends of the world."
— Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
"You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read."
—Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
"The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love."
— Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
"You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it."
— Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops.”
― William Goldman, The Princess Bride