Poets, authors, scriptwriters and playwrights have been capturing love in words for thousands of years.
As romantics around the world get set to mark St Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share some of our favourite literary quotes of love from through the ages.
Why not select your favourite from the list below and gift it to someone you love this Valentine’s? Frame the quote, get it etched on a keyring, or buy the book or poem and highlight the quote as a little token of your affection.
When you love someone, it's something.
When someone loves you, it's another thing.
When you love the person who loves you back, it's everything.• There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart – Jane Austen
•Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love – Mother Teresa
•No, there’s nothing half so sweet in life as love’s young dream – Thomas Moore
Love is like the wind, you can see it but you can't feel it.
•Where there is love there is life – Mahatma Gandhi
•Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies – Aristotle
•Happiness is anyone and anything at all, that’s loved by you – Charlie Brown
•Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow – William Shakespeare
•Romance is tempestuous. Love is calm – Mason Cooley
•Remember, beneath every cynic there lies a romantic, and probably an injured one – Glenn Beck
Don't fall in love with someone you can live with, fall in love with the one you can't live without.
•Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage – Lao Tzu
•Come live in my heart, and pay no rent – Samuel Lover
•I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear – Martin Luther King, Jr
•The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost – Gilbert K. Chesterton
Love is like sunshine. It brings a golden glow to its beholder's face. And a warm feeling all over their body. It awakens souls and opens eyes. And when its over, it leaves billions of small memories called stars. To remind the world, that it still exists.
•The best thing to hold onto in life is each other – Audrey Hepburn
•Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age – Anais Nin
•To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance – Oscar Wilde
•The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart – Helen Keller
•Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place – Zora Neale Hurston