Classic Quotes to Make the Heart Beat Faster

A Celebration of Love & Romance in Classic Literature

Love letters
Love letters.

Whether you’re wooing a new partner, looking for a “quotable” passage to help you celebrate your anniversary, or just simply a fan of romance in general, the quotes below are sure to satisfy. 

Here are some of the best and most romantic lines from classic literature, celebrating the wide spectrum of lust, passion, and romance. Perhaps they will encourage you to (re)visit these incredible classics!

Adam Bede (1859) by George Eliot

"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?"

(1957) by Boris Pasternak:

"You and I, it's as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught."

Gone With the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell:

            "You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë:

"I have for the first time found what I can truly love - I have found you. You are my sympathy - my better self - my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and srping of life, wraps my existence about you - and, kindling in pure powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”

Les Misérables (1862) by Victor Hugo:

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

Persuasion (1817) by Jane Austen:

"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.

I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it . . . Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you."

Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen:

"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."

“Sonnet 116” (1609) by William Shakespeare:

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. 
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) by Oscar Wilde:

"I love her, and I must make her love me. I want to make Romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain."

Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) by A.A. Milne:

"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."

Wuthering Heights (1847) by by Emily Brontë:

"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."