Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes About Love

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is: a love freebie; and I’ve decided to compile a list of quotes about love. Some of these are romantic and sweet, some a bit heartbreaking, and some are comical. There are quotes about friendship, first love, unrequited love, and love for yourself.

 

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“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

 

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“He knew how she would love. He had not loved her without gaining that instinctive knowledge of what capabilities were in her. Her soul would walk in glorious sunlight if any man was worthy, by his power of loving, to win back her love.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

 

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“Just to be in love seemed the most blissful luxury I had ever known. The thought came to me that perhaps it is the loving that counts, not the being loved in return—that perhaps true loving can never know anything but happiness. For a moment I felt that I had discovered a great truth.”
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

 

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“Love you! Girl, you’re in the very core of my heart. I hold you there like a jewel. Didn’t I promise you I’d never tell you a lie? Love you! I love you with all there is of me to love. Heart, soul, brain. Every fibre of body and spirit thrilling to the sweetness of you.”
L.M. Montgomery, The Blue Castle

 

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“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

 

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“She was filled with a strange, wild, unfamiliar happiness, and knew that this was love. Twice in her life she had mistaken something else for it; it was like seeing somebody in the street who you think is a friend, you whistle and wave and run after him, but it is not only not the friend, but not even very like him. A few minutes later the real friend appears in view, and then you can’t imagine how you ever mistook that other person for him.”
Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love

 

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“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

 

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“Well, what I mean is that I shouldn’t mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband.”
Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

 

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“In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.”
Dorothy Parker, The Portable Dorothy Parker

 

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“But it was one of those moments when neither seemed to speak deliberately, when an indwelling voice in each called to the other across unsounded depths of feeling.”
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

 

Do you have a favorite from this list? 

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  1. Well, I was expecting to laugh with Dorothy Parker, so that was nice. But I was NOT expecting to laugh with Thomas Hardy, so that was even nicer! And you say there are more good quotes from that one? I’ve only read Tess: maybe I should give him another try.

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