Books: List of My Favourite Romantic Sentences

Posted 14 February, 2013 by Lianne in Lists / 4 Comments

In continuation of this week’s Valentine’s-themed posts (bookish and otherwise), here’s some of my favourite romantic sentences (or batches of sentences, lol, I realised all of these weren’t one-liners or anything) from some of the books I’ve read and have just stuck in my memory =D

Without further ado…Spoilers, maybe?

‘I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone I think and plan.’
Persuasion by Jane Austen (commentary)

I’ve mentioned it time and again in this blog but this is by far my favourite romantic sentence ever and best letter I’ve read in literature. It’s just so <333 I have a lot of feelings about the way Captain Wentworth acted for first part novel but he admits to his failings here as well how much still loves Anne.

‘I cannot make speeches, Emma,’ he soon resumed, and in a tone of such sincere, decided, intelligible tenderness as was tolerably convincing. ‘If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.’
Emma by Jane Austen (commentary)

My favourite line from the book but also one of the most poignant I’ve ever read, especially as it’s coming from a character who doesn’t often voice what he feels deep down inside. It’s perfectly Mr. Knightley but it’s also just…yeah, poignant. You really feel what he’s feeling at that moment.

His business was simple. Find Cecilia and love her, marry her and live without shame.
Atonement by Ian McEwan (review)

I love how they were able to incorporate it into the 2007 adaptation because it’s a beautiful line, full of hope and yet in a way it’s rather haunting, melancholic in some ways. After everything that had happened to him, that’s all he wants: to love Cecilia and live without any feeling of shame and disappointment over what happened to him that night in 1935.

‘Do you know–I hardly remembered you?’
‘Hardly remembered me?’
‘I mean: how shall I explain? I–it’s always so. Each time you happen to me all over again.’
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (review)

I love that, how every time he sees her, he falls in love with her all over again. I admit, part of me was slightly bewildered by the sentence at first–it sounds off somehow–but then it clicks and I’m like =D

‘I have a million things to talk to you about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning.’
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (review)

Took forever for this character to get to this point but it’s such a lovely moment of clarity when he realises what he wants.

The Captain looked at Fermina Daza and saw on her eyelashes the first glimmer of wintery frost. Then he looked at Florentino Azira, his invincible power, his intrepid love, and he was overhwelmed by the belated suspicion that it is life, more than death, that has no limits.
‘And how long do you think we can keep up this goddamn coming and going?’ he asked.
Florentino Azira had kept his answer ready for fifty-three years, seven months and eleven days and nights.
‘Forever,’ he said.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (review)

I’ve been meaning to re-read this book actually. I haven’t seen the adaptation made a number of years ago so I think I was confusing a quote from the movie with the book but I love this little segment here because…I find it romantic that he kept count of how long he had waited for Fermina, how long he loved her despite of everything. He could’ve given up years and years ago but he didn’t and it’s just this lovely moment showing the endurance of love.

‘But I know she does not care for me. I shall put myself at her feet–I must. If it were but one chance in a thousand–or a million–I should do it.’ (ch. 13)

‘I have never loved any woman before: my life has been too busy, my thoughts too much absorbed by other things. Now I love, and will love.’ (ch. 14)
North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell (review)

Mr. Thornton became one of my absolute favourite characters after reading the book (noooo, I assure you the adaptation is not influencing my choice whatsoever here ^_~), I love how resilient he is but there’s also this depth and this set of principles that he adheres to. I love how he proposes to her anyways, knowing full well her opinion of him.

Okay, the following was not from the book (a pity) but it’s my favourite line from the 2004 adaptation:

‘I don’t want to possess you, I wish to marry you because I love you!’

You can see it in 2:27 of the following video (lovely performance from Richard Armitage btw):

Oh, and as a bonus, here’s Richard Armitage reading the proposal scene (albeit abbreviated) from the book =D

And those are some of my favourite quotes! Surprisingly enough I couldn’t think of anything from some of the more contemporary-set books I’ve read but the quotes above definitely stuck with me through the years so yeah…Anyways, what are some of your favourite romantic sentences from books? Feel free to share them with me here, I’d love to read them! =D


4 Responses to “Books: List of My Favourite Romantic Sentences”

  1. Ooh, you’ve pointed out something I hadn’t noticed before from North and South: that Thornton would take whatever chance, no matter the odds, to ask Margaret. And he’s not a speculating man, by any means! Makes me like him all the more. πŸ™‚

    • That’s true, he does what he feels he has to do regardless of the odds or what he knows will likely happen. As if we don’t love him enough, lol! πŸ™‚

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