For six Valentine’s Day celebrations, I always made sure to give my wife romantic gifts. I’m such a lucky man because both of us are bookworms. We love everything about literature. I never forget to include a love letter or a simple card in my gift. Before putting my thoughts into paper, I use a romantic line from any literary work as introduction. Surely, my wife loves every word. Do you want to wow your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Check out these romantic lines from literature you can use in your love letters and gifts:
“Atonement” (Ian McEwan)
Best Romantic Line: “Falling in love could be achieved in a single word—a glance.”
This masterpiece is considered as one of the best works of Ian McEwan. “Atonement” is acknowledged by TIME magazine in its 100 best novels list. Even its movie adaptation was nominated for the prestigious BAFTA and Oscars. The movie is also composed of brilliant artists such as James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan.
During the hot summer day of 1935, young Briony Tallis watches her older sister named Cecilia getting naked to swim in their garden’s fountain. Meanwhile, Robbie Turner is also watching the same thing. That day, however, is going to be a whirlwind of events. The 13-year-old will commit a crime that she will regret forever.
“The White Company” (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Best Romantic Line: “You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought.”
Despite the fact that this novel is nothing compared to Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes” stories when it comes to popularity, the writer actually treasures this work so much. Besides, “The White Company” was famous until World War II. It only proves that the novel shows great promise.
Alleyne Edricson, a naïve young man, decides to leave the Catholic abbey after how many years. At the same time, John of Hordle is banished by the abbot because of his sins, especially lusting over girls. Eventually, after starting their journey, they meet Sam Aylward, a highly skilled archer. Turns out, Aylward is recruiting men to join the group of mercenaries called the White Company. Their journey together as friends and fighters of the White Company is a memorable tale of love, chivalry, loyalty and bravery.
“Pride and Prejudice” (Jane Austen)
Best Romantic Line: “My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Jane Austen’s powerful masterpiece “Pride and Prejudice” is one of the most-loved novels by the modern generation. It appeals to the general public because of its relatable scenes. Many of today’s literature stemmed from the originality of this story during its time. Austen’s novel is so popular that various theater and movie adaptations emerged because of it.
Everything starts with the hilarious goal of Mrs. Bennett to find the right husbands for her five daughters. Meanwhile, her husband keeps on mocking and criticizing her every move. Amidst the firm teachings of her mother, Elizabeth Bennett stays unshaken with her strong personality. She is young, beautiful and intelligent – but with one huge flaw. She can’t help but judge people based on first impression. However, when she finally meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, her prejudice is tested. Her bad judgments are challenged by Mr. Darcy’s pride. Together, they try to overcome their flaws to work out their relationship.
“Doctor Zhivago” (Boris Pasternak)
Best Romantic Line: “I love you wildly, insanely, infinitely.”
This novel is a significant one historically speaking. “Doctor Zhivago” is originally a Russian novel. However, it was banned in the USSR because of its daring political stance. Fortunately, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli managed to smuggle it to Milan. In 1957, Boris Pasternak’s novel was finally published. The story is so groundbreaking that Pasternak gained the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958. Pasternak’s achievement is a shame for the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Eventually, the novel was adapted into a movie in 1965 and a Russian TV drama in 2006.
The plot revolves on the physician named Yuri Zhivago, who also writes poetry. Zhivago suffers under the consequences of the new regime. His sufferings turn him into another person. Ultimately, one of his biggest challenges is to choose between his wife and the beautiful woman named Lara. Sadly, he always sees his wife as his best friend. He just can’t let go of her out of loyalty. On the other hand, everything with Lara is passionate. It all comes down to Zhivago’s loyalty or desire for real happiness. Themes of loneliness, individuality and a corrupted revolution flows throughout the novel.
“The Notebook” (Nicholas Sparks)
Best Romantic Line: “You are, and always have been, my dream.”
Nicholas Sparks is a master storyteller when it comes to pulling heartstrings. He became popular, especially to the younger generation. One of his breakout novels is “The Notebook.” The story is so memorable that it became iconic in the world of pop culture. It experienced various adaptations, even in Bollywood with the movie titled “Zindagi Tere Naam.”
In a nursing home, an old man is reading the story of Noah Calhoun to an old woman. Noah was a soldier who fought during World War II. He wanted to distract himself from the nightmare of war that he focused on restoring a worn-out plantation home. Since then, his mind was slowly consumed by good memories he had with a beautiful woman. When reality hits the old man, he realizes once again how much he loves somebody.
In my opinion, what makes good literature is the collection of beautiful lines to tell a whole story. In fact, I love to gather memorable lines from novels and poems I read. I either mark the page or write it down on my journal. I never thought it would be useful when I finally found the One. Light up your significant other’s Valentine’s Day with a creative gift and heartfelt letter. I’m sure the love of your life will smile from ear to ear.