Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Romantic Quotes

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This week’s prompt is a love freebie, so I decided to share some romantic quotes for it since this isn’t actually a holiday I observe.

How many of the other Top Ten Tuesday participants live in countries where candy conversation hearts are sold at this time of the year?  I enjoy them, but I haven’t seen them around much the last couple of years. Here’s hoping that changes soon.

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day and have a different favourite candy from it, I’d like to know about that, too!

1. “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

A pink plate covered in candy conversation hearts. The six hearts we can read say "soul mate," love bug," "sweet talk," "say yes," "love," and "xoxo."2. “And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

3. “Come sleep with me: We won’t make Love, Love will make us.”
Julio Cortázar

4. “It’s bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They’re just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close.”
Rachel Cohn, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

5. “your hand
touching mine.
this is how
galaxies
collide.”
Sanober Khan

6. “Love is too precious to be ashamed of.”
Laurell K. Hamilton, A Stroke of Midnight

7. “Before I fell
in love with words,
with setting skies
and singing birds—
it was you I fell
in love with first.”
Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure

a hot chocolate topped with whipped cream sitting in a pink, polka dotted mug. There are two heart-shaped cookies sitting on a doily next to the mug. 8. “Love, like everything else in life, should be a discovery, an adventure, and like most adventures, you don’t know you’re having one until you’re right in the middle of it.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

9. “It is impossible to manufacture or imitate love.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

10. “Giving generously in romantic relationships, and in all other bonds, means recognizing when the other person needs our attention. Attention is an important resource.”
Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions

112 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Romantic Quotes

  1. I love all the quote posts today! There are some great ones here!

    I do know that the candy hearts weren’t sold last year because the company had shut down for several months until a new buyer was found. They didn’t have time to produce them for valentines day. I’m pretty sure they should be out this year! I normally see them at all my local grocery stores.

  2. I love this list of beautiful quotes!

    Candy conversation hearts or ‘love hearts’ are sold year-round here but I do think they bring special ones out for Valentine’s Day. They’re super cute but I definitely prefer chocolate.

  3. I don’t generally like Valentine’s Day. I feel that my husband should spoil me at random and not just because a holiday says to. So we usually don’t do anything except make dinner at home and watch a movie or play video games together.
    These quotes are absolutely beautiful though.

    Ash @ JennReneeRead

  4. Great quotes! Is A Stroke of Midnight one of the Merry Gentry novels? I know I’ve read it I just can’t remember which book it is.

  5. I haven’t read anything by him, but I adore “An Ideal Husband” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” as movies. Both are so romantic, so I love that you included a quote from the latter. 🙂

  6. Oh I love the quote idea! I think my favorite on here is the one from Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List. It speaks so much truth.

    As far as Valentine’s sweets, candy hearts are pretty popular around where I live still. I’ve never liked them much myself though. While I’m not huge on specific sweets around this time of year (nor the holiday itself), I do love dark chocolate and enjoy being able to get it cheaper the day afterwards.

  7. Every year my hubby and I grouch about Valentine’s Day being a “Hallmark Holiday” created to sell cards. It’s become such a retail holiday. We say we are going to ignore it. And then – I succumb to the social pressure every stinkin’ year. We do something very small for each other and fix a nice dinner and stay at home. Quality time being the real treat. I enjoyed your take on the Love Freebie prompt. Quotes are so fun! Thanks for sharing some good ones!

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