Article image

The 13 Most Romantic Lines in Literature

Romance has been a beloved literary theme for centuries. From the grand love stories of Shakespearean dramas to poignant and personal modern tales, romance has been woven into the fabric of epic adventures, historical sagas, and heartbreaking tragedies alike.

The details of these passionate entanglements — the flutter of a first glance, the ache of an unattainable love — have the power to evoke visceral reactions and emotions. These stories explore human connection, often while transcending cultural boundaries.

A great literary romance doesn’t just leave a lasting impression of witnessing someone else’s love story; it also taps into our own desires and vulnerabilities. It delves into the complexities of human relationships: the good, the bad, and, hopefully, the ultimate triumph of the heart over differences of all kinds.

This selection of 13 of the most romantic lines in literature will surely stir your heart, each its own testament to the enduring power of love in storytelling.

He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.
Leo Tolstoy, “Anna Karenina”

Share Quote

You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.
Nicholas Sparks, “The Notebook”

Share Quote

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation [for falling in love with you] … I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.
Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice"

Share Quote

Wherever you are is my home — my only home.
Charlotte Brontë, “Jane Eyre”

Share Quote

For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough.
Diana Gabaldon, “Outlander”

Share Quote

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”

Share Quote

Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.
William Goldman, “The Princess Bride”

Share Quote

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
Emily Brontë, “Wuthering Heights”

Share Quote

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say good night till it be morrow.
William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”

Share Quote

I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations”

Share Quote

I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.
John Green, “The Fault in Our Stars”

Share Quote

I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.
Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist”

Share Quote

Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
Louis de Bernières, “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”

Share Quote

Featured image credit: Maurice McDonald - PA Images via Getty Images

Author image
About the Author
Nicole Villeneuve
Nicole is a writer, thrift store lover, and group-chat meme spammer based in Ontario, Canada.
Play more header background
Play more icon
Daily Question
Who wrote, "May you have a strong foundation, when the winds of changes shift"?

More Inspiration

happiness theme icon

Pretend you’re more obsessed with this moment and a little bit less with the way it ends.

separator icon
Buddy Wakefield
motivation theme icon

There will always be someone who can't see your worth. Don't let it be you.

separator icon
Mel Robbins
hope theme icon

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

separator icon
Sarah Williams
love theme icon

If it is true for you, it is true for someone else, and you are no longer alone.

separator icon
Colson Whitehead
wisdom theme icon

If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.

separator icon
Cher
happiness theme icon

Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.

separator icon
Sarah Bernhardt
motivation theme icon

We won't be distracted by comparison if we're captivated with purpose.

separator icon
Bob Goff
hope theme icon

Your passions should fit you exactly but your purpose in life should exceed you.

separator icon
Kevin Kelly
love theme icon

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.

separator icon
Louisa May Alcott
wisdom theme icon

Healing begins where the wound was made.

separator icon
Alice Walker
happiness theme icon

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.

separator icon
Peter Drucker