Happy Valentine’s Day!

It probably comes as no surprise that, as a writer, I’m a lover of quotes. Here are some of my favorite quotes that illustrate love–romantic and otherwise–from some of my favorite books:

10.” You are, and always have been, my dream.” – Noah from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

9. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Kathy from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

8. “I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.” – Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

7. “Clare, I want to tell you, again, I love you. Our love has been the thread through the labyrinth, the net under the high-wire walker, the only real thing in this strange life of mine that I could ever trust. Tonight I feel that my love for you has more density in this world than I do, myself: as though it could linger on after me and surround you, keep you, hold you.” – Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

6. He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking. – Count Vronsky from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

5. “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught his that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for my little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.” – Hazel Grace from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

4. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be one hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” – Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

3. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”  – The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

2. “Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.” – Fili from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

1. He whispers, “You love me. Real or not real?” I tell him “Real.” Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

If you’ve read these books or are familiar with any or all of these quotes, then you know the power of words! For me, it was impossible to read these without feeling them tugging on my heart or stealing my breath or moving me on some basic but powerful level.

So I leave you today with one last quote about love from Mahatma Gandhi:

“Where there is love there is life.”

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