Books: Ten Literary Quotes on Love You Need to Read

literary love quotes

Ahh love, the most confusing, wonderful and painful feeling there is. I’ve been thinking about love a lot this month, I don’t really celebrate or care about Valentine’s Day but you can’t ignore it, and being in a relationship myself it’s something that is very much on my mind a lot of the time.

I’ve always kind of been in love with love. I remember my Dad mentioning when I was a child that I always picked the picture with a couple on it; if I had a new Barbie, she’d need a new Ken to hang out with. I idolised couples who were best friends, and I always hoped that one day I would find someone to explore the world with. Someone who got me, and always had my back.

On the other hand, I’ve also been through some horrendous break-ups and I know heartbreak all too well. Loving deeply can sometimes be a negative thing, as it means you feel it even harder when it doesn’t work out.

Reading books has always been one of the ways I process my feelings; sometimes reading about other people’s experiences and feelings about love can help you work out your own. With this in mind, I thought I’d compile a list of literary quotes on love.

Literary Quotes on Love

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“Explain! Tell a man to explain how he dropped into hell! Explain my preference! I never had a preference for her, any more than I have a preference for breathing. No other woman exists by the side of her. I would rather touch her hand if it were dead, than I would touch any other woman’s living.” – George Eliot, Middlemarch

“If it weren’t for her, there would never have been an empty space, or the need to fill it.” – Nicole Krause, The History of Love

“I took a photo of us mid-embrace. When I am old and alone, I will remember that I once held something truly beautiful.” – Joe Dunthorne, Submarine

“Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.” George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

“We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“I cannot love where I cannot trust.” – Oscar Wilde, The Sphinx Without a Secret

“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

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince



  • Sheridan Grady

    Aw these are just so lovely and so true! x

    • Carolanne K Minter

      Thank you, I had a great time researching for this post! x

  • These quotes are lovely. Ah Wuthering Heights has been drilled into my brain as a book haha, I can remember so many quotes from it!


    • Carolanne K Minter

      Me too. I could have written a whole post purely on Wuthering Heights quotes to be honest! I love how dramatic their love is. IF YOU DON’T LOVE ME I WILL DIE A THOUSAND DEATHS ON THESE MOORS AND HAUNT YOU FOREVER, etc.

      • ‘Both our souls are the same’ etc. etc SO DRAMATIC

        • Carolanne K Minter

          It’s definitely one of my favourite books. I like my love dramatic and painful. No Austen nonsense on my bookshelf please! (I actually have loads of Austen)

  • Liliann Dehn

    Ohhh, I love these quotes! And suddenly I felt the need to read all of this books to find these quotes there.
    Love, Liliann from

    • Carolanne K Minter

      That is exactly what I want to hear! I love literature so much, happy to be of service 🙂 xx

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Such beautiful quotes! Honestly, I’m not much of a romantic person myself (been in a happy relationship for almost seven years now, though), but these sure made me smile. 🙂 Thank you for sharing! Just discovered your blog & I really love it – followed you on bloglovin’ <3


    • Carolanne K Minter

      Ahh so glad you like it 🙂 Thank you for the follow! xx

  • Rachel Rogers

    I love this! Love and books…two of my favourite things! Xoxo

  • I love these quotes. They’ve really made me smile this morning! Thank you 🙂


  • My favourite is definitely the one from Middlemarch… I read that text last term, it’s so lovely! I remember almost crying when I read that bit as I just thought it was so sweet and touching, haha!

    -Ruby Xx

    Another Ruby
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  • Alisha Valerie.

    I love this blog post! Anything to do with quotes and inspiration is my thing – great post babe <3

    With love, Alisha Valerie xo.