Y’all are in for a treat this week. My friend Amanda Everett is guest blogging.
Amanda and I met at the American Christian Writers Conference in August of 2016. We became quick friends and critique partners. I’m delighted by the post. Be sure to read all the way to the end. It brought tears to my eyes. Be sure to check Amanda out on her website at www.amandaeverettwriter.com .
A glance, a touch, that long-awaited kiss beneath a starry sky, the promise of happily ever after—this is what romance is made of. As a writer, and reader, of romance, I can’t seem to get enough of love lately! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’ve rounded up some of the most romantic lines from literature. You know the type, the ones that make your breath catch, heart flutter, and mind hope that maybe, just maybe, you’ll hear similar words of love spoken to you.
Most romantic lines from literature:
- “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”
Technically, I combined two different quotes from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, but can you blame me?
- “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” Rhett Butler, Gone with the Wind
Has there ever been a more roguish, charming scoundrel of a gentleman? *swoon*
- “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” Winnie the Pooh
The love of a good friend is not to be taken lightly.
- “You have bewitched me body and soul.” Pride and Prejudice.
Mr. Darcy—enough said.
- “I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald
Okay, so this line isn’t from a book, but a personal letter in which F. Scott Fitzgerald was talking about his wife, Zelda. I think you can see why I had to include it.
- “and this is the wonder that is keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)” E.E. Cummings
To be forever in your beloved’s thoughts— what more could one want? Some people speculate that Cummings left the “I” lower case so as to be on the same level as his beloved.
- “When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
—William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
It’s impossible to talk about romance without including Romeo & Juliet. I had to recite this for a high school English class and it’s one of the few pieces I still remember to this day.
- “I don’t want sunbursts or marble halls, I just want you.” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island
To be loved for who you are, isn’t that what we all desire?
- “Always.” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
When you think romance, you generally don’t think of Harry Potter, but this line by Severus Snape in regards to his undying love for Lily Potter slays me every time.
Are you feeling a little weak at the knees yet? I know I am! But here’s the thing, no matter how many romance novels I read or chick-flicks I watch, I find I’m still left wanting more. It took me years to realize there is no one on this earth who can ever fully satisfy my desire for love, not even my husband.
But there is someone who can.
He is a poet who seeks to win your affection with tender words. A King enthralled by your beauty. A mighty warrior ready to calm all your fears and rejoice over you with singing. There is one who has known you at your darkest and loves you still. One who has literally moved heaven and earth to make a way for you to be together forever. He is the ultimate storyteller, the creator of love, God over all…and He is madly, deeply, completely in love with you.
So on this Valentine’s Day, perhaps the most romantic line ever written can be found right here:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”-John 3:16
May any semblance of love you read about, any chick-flick you watch, and any relationship you’re a part of always remind you of the greatest love story ever told—that of Christ and his love for you.