Poets such as Shakespeare, Byron, and Keats have earned Britain a reputation for romance, but there are plenty of romantic and lyrical wordsmiths in the modern world, too. The next time you’re stuck for a romantic compliment that’s worthy of your loved one, try one of these quotes from romantic fictional heroes.
“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
A bit stuffy, a bit stand-offish, but still swoon-worthy material.
Note: if you’d like to try this one with your significant other, do NOT take a leaf out of Mr. Darcy’s book and follow up by telling them you love them against your better judgement!
“I like you very much. Just as you are.”
Funnily enough, the character of Mark Darcy was based on Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride & Prejudice. And while both start out as stuffed-shirt types of characters, they do learn to loosen up a little bit by the end of their respective stories, at least enough to come up with a sweet compliment such as this one. We all dream of being liked, loved, and appreciated, just as we are.
“You are always here to me, and I always listen. And I can always see you.”
The Doctor uses words like weapons, but despite his verbosity and his innate charm, he is famously awkward when it comes to matters of the heart. Even so, he still manages to come up with lines like these every once in a while. Bear in mind, in this scene he’s talking to the ghost of his dead wife, a woman who was born and raised to kill him, but who fell in love with him instead. Now that’s romance.
“My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”
Wuthering Heights is more about hatred and revenge than it is a love story, but the passion that exists between the two main characters, Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, is a fearsome force that drives all of the other action.
“There I was, standing there in the church, and for the first time in my whole life I realised I totally and utterly loved one person. And it wasn’t the person next to me in the veil. It’s the person standing opposite me now… in the rain.”
THE classic scene from an iconic and much-loved film. Rain makes everything romantic, so this one is a guaranteed winner.
“True love lasts a lifetime.”
These days, the ever-increasing divorce rate can make us feel a bit jaded about the possibility of ever finding that one person we want to spend the rest of our lives with. And then, even if we do find that special someone, will the love last? Ask any couple who’s been happily married a long time what their secret is, and chances are they’ll tell you that staying in love in the long term isn’t something that just happens—it’s something you work towards. True love can last a lifetime, but it does take some effort!