25 Most Swoon-Wort​hy Quotes from Literature

25 Most Swoon Wort​hy Quotes from Literature

A beautiful feature post by Single Strides.

Our dreams of what romance should feel like all stem from the imagination and reality of the most notable writers. In order for us to fathom such an expectation… the greatest love stories had to be told. The truth of love had to be shared so everyone’s heart would know what possibilities fate holds. Through these words we swoon and we dream. We fall in love with the idea of love and know one day we’ll find it outside of published pages.

So for the loved and the loveless, these are the greatest strands of literature that I find ignite our hope and knowledge of love. For the loved, do not take for granted the truth that lies between these syllables. For the loveless, do not give up on the imminent destiny that follows you. Because if our hearts could speak…

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“I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty…you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.” – J. D. Salinger, Catcher and the Rye

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 “She was more than human to me. She was a Fairy, a Sylph, I don’t know what she was – anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted. I was swallowed up in an abyss of love in an instant. There was no pausing on the brink; no looking down, or looking back; I was gone, headlong, before I had sense to say a word to her.” – Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

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“He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees – Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

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“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.” – John Green, Looking for Alaska

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They slipped briskly into an intimacy in which they never recover – F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

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“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” – Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

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A soulmate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…” – E.E. Cummings, Poet

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“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” – Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

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“You know how it is when two souls meet in a burst of ecstatic volubility, with hearts tickling to hear and to tell, to know everything, to reveal everything, the shared reverence for the other’s otherness, a feeling of solitude radiantly snapped by full contact — all that?” – Martin Amis, London Fields

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“But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.” – Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

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“The smell of her hair, the taste of her mouth, the feeling of her skin seemed to have got inside him, or into the air all round him. She had become a physical necessity.” – George Orwell, 1984

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“You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.” – Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

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“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.” Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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“You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” –  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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“The girl raised her eyes to see who was passing by the window, and that casual glance was the beginning of a cataclysm of love that still had not ended half a century later.” –

Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

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“I want everyone to meet you. You’re my favorite person of all time.” –

Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park by

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 “I don’t care how hard being together is, nothing is worse than being apart.” – Josephine Angelini, Starcrossed

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“I must’ve wished for you so hard and so often you had no choice but to come true.” –

Sylvia Day , Bared To You

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“If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a whole lifetime, he couldn’t love you as much as I do in a single day.”
– Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

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“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

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“I want to fill every part of you, breathe the air from your lungs and leave my handprints on your soul. I want to give you more pleasure than you can bear.” –  Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Winter

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“I want her to melt into me, like butter on toast. I want to absorb her and walk around for the rest of my days with her encased in my skin. I want.” – Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

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So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you. – Paolo Coelho,  The Alchemist

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You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest and most beautiful person I have ever known – and even that is an understatement – F. Scott Fitzgerald, personal quote

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Bonus quote below! Can I fit in with the greatest romantic threads of literature?

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 “When I find you, Love, it’ll rain where there’s a drought, it’ll shine where it should snow, the earth will shake where it’s never moved, mountains will rise on the flattest plains, stars will fall all around us, but the world won’t notice a thing. Because when you find me, Love, the past and present will cease to exist and we’ll fall into a moment that will last forever.” – Sonya Matejko

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