15 Heart-Wrenching Love Quotes from Literature

If you're like us, you well up every time there is a proposal in a commercial, watch an overly romantic moment in a rom-com, or read a sweet love quote in your favorite book. (Three cheers for being a sap!) But those iconic lines from literature can do more than just make you grab a tissue—they can serve as serious wedding vow inspiration, too!

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"Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."

—William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

"Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear."

—Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

"You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful." 

—John Green, The Fault in Our Stars 

"I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be." 

—Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

"If you ever have need of my life, come and take it." 

—Anton Chekhov, The Seagull


"By my soul, I can neither eat, drink, nor sleep; nor, what's still worse, love any woman in the world but her."

—Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady

"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."

—Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice

"Soul meets soul on lovers' lips."

—Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound

"It is better to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all."

—William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

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

—Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind


"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

—Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

"I do love nothing in the world so well as you—is not that strange?"

—William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

"Each time you happen to me all over again."

—Edith Wharton, The Age Of Innocence

"You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not."

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

"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 


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