I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.
~Natalie Clifford Barney
Tell me how many beads there areIn a silver chainOf evening rain,Unravelled from the tumbling main,And threading the eye of a yellow star: -So many times do I love again.
~Thomas Lovell Beddoes
He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.
When love is not madness, it is not love.
~Pedro Calderon de la Barca
When I am with you, the only place I want to be is closer.
...Let the world know, if there was ever love:Mine for you...
The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. 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.
I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes,After the day's great sun.
~Charles Hanson Towne
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.
Let me lie,let me die on thy snow-covered bosom,I would eat of thy flesh as a delicate fruit,I am drunk of its smell, and the scentof thy tressesIs a flame that devours.
Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs.
I will cover you with love when next I see you, with caresses, with ecstasy. I want to gorge you with all the joys of the flesh, so that you faint and die. I want you to be amazed by me, and to confess to yourself that you had never even dreamed of such transports.... When you are old, I want you to recall those few hours, I want your dry bones to quiver with joy when you think of them.
~Gustave Flaubert, letter to wife Louise Colet, 15 August 1846
The simple lack of her is more to me than others' presence.
They who meet on an April night are forever lost in love, if there's moonlight all about and there's no moon above.
~E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and Fred Saidy, dialogue just before the song "Old Devil Moon" in the musical Finian's Rainbow (Thanks, Katherine!)
My heart to you is given:Oh, do give yours to me;We'll lock them up together,And throw away the key.
I can no longer think of anything but you. In spite of myself, my imagination carries me to you. I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me.
~Honore de Balzac, letter to Evelina Hanska, June 1836
Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee.
~English saying used on poesy rings
See! the mountains kiss high heaven,And the waves clasp one another;No sister flower would be forgivenIf it disdained its brother;And the sunlight clasps the earth,And the moonbeams kiss the sea: -What are all these kissings worth,If thou kiss not me?
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, Love's Philosophy
Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524
We loved with a love that was more than love.
~Edgar Allan Poe
In melody divine,My heart it beats to rapturous love,I long to call you mine.
[M]y love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break...
~Sullivan Ballou, letter to wife Sarah, 14 July 1861
Who, being loved, is poor?
A hundred hearts would be too fewTo carry all my love for you.
Ah me! why may not love and life be one?
Once he drew With one long kiss my whole soul thro'My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson
Love me and the world is mine.
I wish I had the gift of making rhymes, for methinks there is poetry in my head and heart since I have been in love with you.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, letter to wife Sophia, 5 December 1839
I love thee - I love thee,'Tis all that I can sayIt is my vision in the night,My dreaming in the day.
I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.
I love your hills and I love your dales,And I love your flocks a-bleating;but oh, on the heather to lie together,With both our hearts a-beating!
For you see, each day I love you moreToday more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
If our two loves be one, or thou and ILove so alike, that none doe slacken, none can die.
My debt to you, Belovèd,Is one I cannot payIn any coin of any realmOn any reckoning day.
~Jessie B. Rittenhouse
Ah, lady, when I gave my heart to thee,It passed into thy lifelong regency.
Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.
~Napolean Bonaparte, letter to wife Josephine, December 1795
Oh, hasten not this loving act,Rapture where self and not-self meet:My life has been the awaiting you,Your footfall was my own heart's beat.
As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
To lovers, I devise their imaginary world, with whatever they may need, as the stars of the sky, the red, red roses by the wall, the snow of the hawthorn, the sweet strains of music, and aught else they may desire to figure to each other the lastingness and beauty of their love.
~Williston Fish, "A Last Will," 1898
Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score;Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on,To make that thousand up a million;Treble that million, and when that is done,Let's kisse afresh, as when we first begun.
~Robert Herrick, "To Anthea (III)"
So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,The more I have, both are infinite.
Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words.
Come live in my heart and pay no rent.
The Oriole weds his mottled mate,The Lily weds the bee;Heaven's marriage ring is round the earth,Let me bind thee?
I but know that I love thee, whatever thou art.
I could walk forever and a mile with one beautiful girl.
~A.C. Van Cherub
Her very frowns are fairer farThan smiles of other maidens are.
Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
My whole heart for my whole life.
~French saying used on poesy rings
A man had given all other bliss,And all his worldly worth for this, To waste his whole heart in one kiss Upon her perfect lips.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson
[L]eave a kiss but in the cup,And I'll not look for wine.
~Ben Jonson, To Celia
Two souls, one heart.
~French saying used on poesy rings
What I do and what I dreaminclude thee,as the wine must taste of its own grapes.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Lastly, do I vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things.
~Catherine of Aragon, 1535