They may not seem saccharine or simplistic, but anyone who’s ever tried to come up with their own romantic quotes on the spot will know they’re anything but.
If you’ve never been in that position yourself, just think about how much stock we put in words. The right words at the right time have the power to chance the world, and they likewise have the ability to ignite a spark between two individuals which might flare into an everlasting, amorous flame.
On the other hand, if you find yourself painfully shy, stuttering or tongue-tied, you could be the most loving soul in existence, but there’s a good chance no one might ever know, least of all the person for whom you secretly pine.
Just look to Charlie Brown and the Little Red-Haired Girl for an example of the latter. Everyone’s favorite ‘blockhead’ adores the Little Red-Haired Girl with a the kind of love only possible in pure childhood crushes, but can never work up the courage to speak to her, hence why he and we only know her by the color of her hair.
Whether you’re trying to woo someone you love, show appreciation to your partner or even enjoy them in a hipster, ‘ironic’ way, the fact remains that romantic quotes aren’t just potent and prevalent in our culture, but profitable as well—just ask Hallmark.
The right words at the right time can yield great emotional gains as well as the obvious monetary awards.
Here, then, are seven romantic quotes spanning the world of literature