Famous Love Prose Letters Poetry and Quotes
This coming Sunday, couples and loved ones will be celebrating Valentines Day. Flowers will be bought, candies will be consumed, whispered nothings will be in abundance and marriage proposals made (and hopefully accepted). Although there is the merest hint of the cynic in me that it is something that has been commercialised to death, I am by and large a huge sappy romantic and so to satiate this side of me, I thought it would be fair to show some examples of some famous romantic prose that will leave you inspired and stirred to the core.
There are numerous ways to express love and admiration but poetry and love letters just have that something extra that a box of chocolates lacks, the element of individuality, a glimpse into someone's heart. Throughout the centuries, many poets and writers have used this to convey strong emotions to their intended and to the audiences at large. You may have your favourite - Shakespeare, Browning, Robert Frost or even Edgar Allen Poe (though his is a little darker) but each has their place, so kick back and let's begin . . . .
Quotations about love - here are what some people wrote about love. Some are funny, some are a little irreverent but all of them are inspiring in one way or another.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery said "Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction."
Ambrose Bierce said (and I think it is funny!) "Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage."
Amy Bloom said "Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle."
Barbara De Angelis said "Love is a choice you make from moment to moment."
Diane Arbus said "Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding."
Don Byas said "You call it madness, but I call it love."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning said "I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out."
Franklin P. Jones said "Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
Henry David Thoreau said "There is no remedy for love but to love more."
Martin Luther King, Jr., said "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend." and "We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."
Song of Songs 8 v 6-7
"Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised."
Willa Cather said "Where there is great love, there are always miracles."
Some famous love letters (from http://www.dindragoste.ro/love/love-letters.php)
July 6, 1806 - Ludwig van Beethoven to a mystery woman
"My angel, my all, my very self -- only a few words today and at that with your pencil -- not till tomorrow will my lodgings be definitely determined upon -- what a useless waste of time. Why this deep sorrow where necessity speaks -- can our love endure except through sacrifices -- except through not demanding everything -- can you change it that you are not wholly mine, I not wholly thine?
Oh, God! look out into the beauties of nature and comfort yourself with that which must be -- love demands everything and that very justly -- that it is with me so far as you are concerned, and you with
me. If we were wholly united you would feel the pain of it as little as I!
Now a quick change to things internal from things external. We shall surely see each other; moreover, I cannot communicate to you the observations I have made during the last few days touching my own life -- if our hearts were always close together I would make none of the kind. My heart is full of many things to say to you - Ah! -- there are moments when I feel that speech is nothing after all -- cheer up -- remain my true, only treasure, my all as I am yours; the gods must send us the rest that which shall be best for us.
Beethoven / Pixabay
Napoleon Bonaparte to his wife Josephine
Paris, December 1795
"I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart! Are you angry? Do I see you looking sad? Are you worried?. . . My soul aches wi