Romantic sayings have been used by lovers throughout history to convey the depth of their emotion. Although romantic love is not our first or only experience of love, it is usually the most longed for and talked about in life. We all like to hear those three little words, I Love You, from that someone special in our lives, but sometimes it can be more effective to say it in a different way.
Romantic sayings are listed alphabetically on surname.
Sayings from unknown sources are at the bottom of the page.
Felix Adler 1851-1933
Love is the expansion of two natures in such a fashion that each includes the other, each is enriched by the other.
Richard Bach 1936
Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?
Sarah Bernhardt 1844 -1923
Your words are my food
Your breath my wine
You are everything to me
The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
Emily Bronte 1818 -1848
Whatever our souls are made of...
his and mine are the same.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861
How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
my soul can reach.
I love thee with the breath, smiles and tears of all my life.
And if God choose
I shall but love thee better after death
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 yourself,
but for what you are making of me.
I love you for the part of me that you bring out.
Love me, sweet with all thou art
Feeling, thinking, seeing
Love me in the lightest part
Love me in full being.
What I do and what I dream include thee,
as the wine must taste of its own grapes.
You were made perfectly to be loved,
and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.
Robert Burns 1759-1796
But to see her, was to love her,
love but her, and her alone.
Lord Byron 1788-1824
Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life.
The evening beam that smiles the clouds away
and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
Like music on the waters is thy sweet voice to me.
Constantine Cavafy 1863-1933
My life has been awaiting you.
Your footfall was my own heart's beat.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 1881-1955
Driven by the force of love the fragments of the world seek each other that the world may come into being.
John Clare 1793-1864
I ne'er was struck before that hour
with love so sudden and so sweet.
Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
and stole my heart away complete
Emily Dickinson 1830-1886
I think of love and you and my heart grows full and warm, and my breath stands still. I can feel a sunshine stealing into my soul and making it all summer, and every thorn, a rose.
Louise Erdrich 1954
Some people meet the way the sky meets the earth... inevitably, and there is no stopping or holding back their love. It exists in a finished world, beyond the reach of common sense.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900-1944
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Perhaps love is the process of my leading you gently back to yourself.
Judy Garland 1922-1969
For it was not in my ear you whispered, but into my heart.
It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
If I had a single flower for every time I think of you,
I could walk forever in my flower garden.
Andre Gide 1869-1951
I wished for nothing beyond her smile, and to walk with her thus, hand in hand, along a sun warmed, flower bordered path.
Audrey Hepburn 1929-1993
The best thing to hold onto in life is...
I cried today. I wasn't sad. You showed me beauty that I had only seen in books and dreams. I now see it in you.
Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894
Love is not a matter of counting the years, it is making the years count. Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
Victor Hugo 1802-1885
What I feel for you seems less of earth
and more of cloudless heaven.
Ben Jonson 1572-1637
Your words are my food
Drink to me only with thine eyes,
and I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
and I'll not look for wine.
John Keats 1795-1821
Two souls with but a single thought,
two hearts that beat as one.
You come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
Love is...missing someone whenever you're apart,
but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart.
Soul Mates - I don't know how it is you are so familiar to me, or why it feels less like I am getting to know you and more as though I am remembering who you are. How every smile, every whisper brings me closer to the impossible conclusion that I have known you before, I have loved you before - in another time, a different place - some other existence.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh 1906 - 2001
When the heart is flooded with love, there is no room in it for fear, for doubt, for hesitation. And it is this lack of fear that makes for the dance. When each partner loves so completely that he has forgotten to ask himself whether he is loved in return; when he only knows that he loves and is moving to music - then, and then only, are two people able to dance perfectly in time to the same rhythm.
Amy Lowell 1874-1925
Brighter than fireflies upon the Uji River
are your words in the dark, Beloved.
Christopher Marlowe 1564-1593
Thou are fairer than the evening air
clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
George Moore 1852-1933
You, and you alone, make me feel that I am alive. Other men, it is said, have seen angels. But I have seen thee, and thou art enough.
Pablo Neruda 1904-1973
I want to do to you, what spring does with the cherry trees.
Plato 429BC - 347BC
Every heart sings a song incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld 1613-1680
Absence diminishes commonplace passions and increases great ones. As the wind extinguishes candles and kindles fires.
Christina Rossetti 1830-1894
My heart is like a singing bird
whose nest is a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple tree
whose boughs are bent with thickest fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
that paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
because my love is come to me.
Dr Seuss 1904-1991
You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
William Makepeace Thackeray 1811-1863
When you look at me, when you think of me,
I am in paradise.
William Yeats 1865-1939
I have spread my dreams under your feet.
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Anyone can catch your eye...
but it takes someone special to catch your heart.
Because I love you truly
because you love me too
my greatest happiness
is sharing life with you.
Distance means so little when someone means so much.
Even when it rains, old and true love never rusts.
Everyone comes with baggage.
Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack.
If I had a flower for every time you made me smile and laugh, I'd have a garden to walk in forever.
If two hearts are meant to be friends, no matter how long it takes, how far they go, how tough it seems, fate will bring them together to share friendship forever.
I knew that I'd been touched by love the first time I saw you and I felt your warmth, and I heard your laughter.
I knew that I had been touched by love when I was hurting from something that happened, and you came along and made the hurt go away.
I knew that I had been touched by love when I stopped making plans with my friends and started dreaming dreams with you.
I knew that I had been touched by love when I suddenly stopped thinking in terms of 'me' and started thinking in terms of 'we'.
I knew that I had been touched by love when suddenly I couldn't make decisions by myself any more
I knew that I had been touched by love the first time we spent alone together, and I knew that I wanted to stay with you forever because I had never felt this touched by love.
I love you more than yesterday...
and less than I will tomorrow.
My love for you is a journey...
Starting at forever...
And ending at never.
Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life,
love gives us a fairy tale.
People cannot win another's heart with love alone. They win it by understanding the other's complexities, allowing freedom, encouraging endeavors, sharing adventures, fueling passions, stretching intellectual limits and inspiring the other to be the best person he or she could ever be.
Someday, someone will walk into your life and make you realize why it never worked out with anyone else.
two halves of the same soul, joining together in life's journey.
The most eloquent silence...
that of two mouths meeting in a kiss.
The spaces between your fingers were created
so that another's could fill them in.
To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart,
and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.
True love is a sacred flame
that burns eternally.
And none can dim its special glow
or change its destiny.
True love speaks in tender tones
and hears with gentle ear,
True love gives with open heart
and true love conquers fear.
True love makes no harsh demands
it neither rules nor binds,
And true love holds with gentle hands
the hearts that it entwines.
True love is when you put someone on a pedestal and they fall...
but you are there to catch them.
True love never grows old.
True love stories - never have endings.
When I say "I love you," it's not because I want you or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and strength. I've seen the best and worst of you and I understand with perfect clarity exactly what and who you are.
You are, what I never knew, I always wanted.