Kalendarz i miłość do literatury zainspirowały mnie do wygmerania cytatów opisujących pierwsze trzepotania serc i te nieco dojrzalsze uniesienia. A wszystko to ubrane w słowa przez klasyków dramatu jak William Shakespeare czy współczesnych prozaików by wymienić Annie Proulx, ikony pop-kultury jak  Margaret Mitchell i jej Przeminęło z wiatrem, a nawet poetów znanych z mediów społecznościowych jak Tyler Knott Gregson. Może ktoś pokusi się o tłumaczenie wybranego cytatu w komentarzu? Wszak Walenty zobowiązuje 😉

“When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are to become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No … don’t blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? But it is!”

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières

“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.”

Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen

“He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.” 

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Gone With The Wind,  Margaret Mitchel

“I wish I knew how to quit you.”

Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx

“I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.”

Atonement, Ian McEwan

“I cannot let you burn me up, nor can I resist you. No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.”

Possession,A.S. Byatt

“He sweeps her hair back from her ears; he swings her above his head. He says she is his émerveillement. He says he will never leave her, not in a million years.”

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

“Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.”

Prometheus Unbound, Percy Bysshe Shelley

“One hour of right down love is worth an age of dully living on.”

The Rover, Aphra Benn

“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.”

Hamlet, William Shakespeare

“Love is a great beautifier.”

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

“Her love was entire as a child’s, and though warm as summer it was fresh as spring.”

Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

“She was more than human to me. She was a Fairy, a Sylph, I don’t know what she was – anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted. I was swallowed up in an abyss of love in an instant. There was no pausing on the brink; no looking down, or looking back; I was gone, headlong, before I had sense to say a word to her.”

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

“It is better to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.”

Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

“It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; – it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

“All hopes of eternity and all gain from the past he would have given to have her there, to be wrapped warm with him in one blanket, and sleep, only sleep. It seemed the sleep with the woman in his arms was the only necessity.”

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence

“It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better.”

The Portrait Of A Lady, Henry James

“I would love to say that you make me weak in the knees but to be quite upfront and completely truthful you make my body forget it has knees at all.” 

Love Language, Chasers of the Light, Tyler Knott Gregson 

“Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all.”

 In Memoriam A.H.H., Alfred Lord Tennyson

“He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest.”

Stop All The Clocks, W.H. Auden

“He feeds upon her face by day and night, And she with true kind eyes looks back on him, Fair as the moon and joyful as the light.”

In An Artist’s Studio, Christina Rossetti

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depths and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and idea grace.”

Sonnet 43, William Shakespeare

“Her life with others no longer interests him. He wants only her stalking beauty, her theatre of expressions. He wants the minute secret reflection between them, the depth of field minimal, their foreignness intimate like two pages of a closed book.”

The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

“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.”

Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

“Yes, I was infatuated with you: I am still. No one has ever heightened such a keen capacity of physical sensation in me. I cut you out because I couldn’t stand being a passing fancy. Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams. And you weren’t having any of those.”

The Unabridged Journals, Sylvia Plath

“By the time you swear you’re his,
Shivering and sighing.
And he vows his passion is,
Infinite, undying.
Lady make note of this – –
One of you is lying.”

Complete Poems, Dorothy Parker

Dla tych którym zasmakowało czytanie w oryginale polecamy nasz English Club, a w nim Book Corner (herbatka w zestawie 😉 ).