Quotes That Make You Go Swoon…

Often when reading, I will come across a passage or a line that hits me where it counts. Those moments are one of my favourite things about reading. You never know where you will find inspiration, commiseration or sheer joy from a few words someone has strung together.

Over the years I have made a habit of saving these quotes by writing them into a journal. Today I’m more likely to save them on my computer or phone. It’s not just books either, it could be a quote from a movie, lyrics from a song or simply something that I’ve overheard.

Here are some of my favourtie book quotes, as well as a few poems of the mushy, love variety…

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
― Nora EphronWhen Harry Met Sally

“Isabella.” He pronounced my full name carefully, then playfully ruffled my hair with his free hand. A shock ran through my body at his casual touch. “Bella, I couldn’t live with myself if I ever hurt you. You don’t know how it’s tortured me.” He looked down, ashamed again. “The thought of you, still, white, cold . . . to never see you blush scarlet again, to never see that flash of intuition in your eyes when you see through my pretenses . . . it would be unendurable.” he lifted his glorious, agonized eyes to mine. “You are the most important thing to me now. The most important thing to me ever.”
― Stephenie MeyerTwilight

“turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image. His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with the night and forget about the garish sun.”
― William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet

“Every good, true, vigorous
feeling I have gathers impulsively round him. I know I must conceal
my sentiments: I must smother hope; I must remember that he cannot
care much for me. For when I say that I am of his kind, I do not
mean that I have his force to influence, and his spell to attract; I
mean only that I have certain tastes and feelings in common with
him. I must, then, repeat continually that we are for ever
sundered:- and yet, while I breathe and think, I must love him.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mates 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 GilbertEat, Pray, Love

“Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. …And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything.”
― Stephenie MeyerNew Moon

“The highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a unique and irreplaceable being.”                                                       ― Tom RobbinsJitterbug Perfume

“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.”
― Victor HugoLes Misérables

“When love has fused and mingled two beings in a sacred and angelic unity, the secret of life has been discovered so far as they are concerned; they are no longer anything more than the two boundaries of the same destiny; they are no longer anything but the two wings of the same spirit. Love, soar.”
― Victor HugoLes Misérables

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”
― Tom RobbinsStill Life With Woodpecker

“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 BrontëWuthering Heights

“I know that’s what people say– you’ll get over it. I’d say it, too. But I know it’s not true. Oh, youll be happy again, never fear. But you won’t forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.”
― Betty SmithA Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“I have been astonished that men could die martyrs
for their religion–
I have shuddered at it,
I shudder no more.
I could be martyred for my religion.
Love is my religion
and I could die for that.
I could die for you.”
― John Keats

“i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones, and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh … And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new.”
― E.E. Cummings

“The best things in life make you sweaty.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

“Blood of my Blood,” he whispered, “and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens, You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.”
― Diana GabaldonDragonfly in Amber

“Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what is convenient. How can you say you love one person when there are ten thousand people in the world that you would love more if you ever met them? But you’ll never meet them. All right, so we do the best we can. Granted. But we must still realize that love is just the result of a chance encounter. Most people make too much of it. On these grounds a good fuck is not to be entirely scorned. But that’s the result of a chance meeting too. You’re damned right. Drink up. We’ll have another.”
― Charles Bukowski

“You know,” he said, “this is why I love you so much.”
Her tone was heartbreakingly warm. “What do you mean?”
“You don’t ask me to go inside because it’s cold. You just want to make it easier for me to be where I want to stand.”
― J.R. WardLover Avenged

What are some of your favourite swoony quotes?


10 thoughts on “Quotes That Make You Go Swoon…

  1. hizpetal86 says:

    ‘ I don’t make Love, I fuck….. Hard’
    MoTU – SnowQueen IceDragon

    I don’t know kno what I was doing at the time, I do know I did a mofo double take. This line sucked me in and didn’t let go until Aug 26, 2010 when the lights went out on the MoTU blog. I’m holding out for something :o)


  2. katiebirdie says:

    Oh sweetie, you made me tear up.

    Whenever I’m reading a story with great banter in it, I know I’m using When Harry met Sally as a measure. 🙂

    The Tim Robbins quote really got to me. I’ve not read any of his work.

    I save my quotes on Goodreads. There’s a ton of Oliver Wilde on my list. I think my favorite might be, “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

    Some other random favorites:

    “Hey! My body may be small, but my soul is large. It’s why I wear platform shoes. So I can reach the top of my soul.” Laini Taylor-Daughter of Smoke and Bones

    “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” CS Lewis

    “All that children need is love, a grown up to take responsibility for them, and a soft place to land.” Deborah Harkness- A Discovery of Witches


    • katiebirdie says:

      Ok. Autocorrect makes me crazy! I of course meant Oscar Wilde. Not Oliver. Jeez!


    • Gina says:

      *smiles wide* Tearing up…sign of a good quote. Those are some great ones you’ve added. Tom Robbins is a little out there, but if you have an appreciation for prose you will enjoy it all the more. Jitterbug Perfume was the first book I read of his. I hope you like it!


  3. I always love that Thursday’s bring your contribution to this blog.

    I’m stuck on the Jitterbug Perfume quote. If I am forced to name a favorite book, JP always is my answer. I say forced, only because reading has always been my ultimate escape and I have too many favorites to name.

    So I’ll see your Jitterbug Perfume quote and raise you one:

    “She continued weeping until the heat of her tear water, the sheer velocity of its flow, finally obscured the already vague circumstances of its origins.” Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

    “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

    “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

    “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

    “I need to feel strongly, to love and admire, just as desperately as I need to breathe.” ― Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death


    • Gina says:

      *hugs you* Thank you for saying that, and for your support! It means a lot.

      Thank you for these great quotes as well. I LOVED Water for Elephants, and I don’t recall that quote. Now that I see it, I can’t believe I missed it. Simply beautiful.


  4. Tamie says:

    So many great lines Gina…a lot of them are my faves too. I’m so happy you did this post…it’s fabulous! Xo


  5. ChocoMG2112 says:

    Lovely words.


  6. whitbysucks says:



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