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The 15 Most Romantic Quotes from Books

When in love, let your actions speak for themselves—and let the world's most romantic authors and poets help you say the rest.

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Gone with the Wind

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We’re not swooning, you’re swooning.

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The Princess Bride

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The Princess Bride is full of funny and romantic quotes, but none has quite the “awww” factor that this one does.

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Doctor Zhivago

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“Did it hurt when you fell from heaven” has got nothing on these romantic quotes.

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The Age of Innocence

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Though the New York Times has called her “a realist, not a romantic,” we think this Edith Wharton line definitely deserves a spot on this list of romantic quotes. Plus, check out these 36 questions that can help you fall in love with anyone.

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Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

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Nothing like love poems and a sensual nature metaphor to profess your love for someone.

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This Shakespeare line, from a letter written by the doomed Prince Hamlet himself, encompasses a feeling of love more certain than the stars in the sky.

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The Diaries of Adam and Eve

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Calling someone the epitome of Paradise—it doesn’t get more romantic than that.

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Les Misérables

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Victor Hugo’s French Revolution-set epic is best known for its death and despair, but Hugo reminds us that love is worth living for.

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Anna Karenina

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There’s a reason this Tolstoy masterpiece maintains its place as one of the greatest romances of all time. Check out our other picks for best literary love stories.

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The Fault in Our Stars

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Who says young love isn’t real? This young adult novel captured the hearts of teenagers and adults alike with its tear-jerking love story.

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Pride & Prejudice

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Jane Austen is the undisputed queen of romance with a healthy dose of social satire. Of all the romantic quotes in her most popular novel, this one by Mr. Darcy might just be our favorite.

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A Woman of No Importance

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Oscar Wilde’s best-known quotes are witty and snarky—in fact, his last words were, “It would really be more than the English could stand if another century began and I were still alive.” (He died in 1900.) But this sweet, romantic quote of his totally deserves a mention.

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The Alchemist

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Brazilian author Paulo Coelho’s philosophical, allegorical novel is filled with little pearls of wisdom like this one, making it one of the most quotable books of all time. Here are some more of our picks (and our favorite quote from each).

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“being to timelessness as it’s to time”

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The innovative 20th-century poet E. E. Cummings wrote about everything from birds to sunsets to loneliness. He wrote this beautiful line as a testament to the strength of true love.

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Wuthering Heights

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Emily Brontë‘s Gothic tale of indestructible love and passion remains a classic to this day.