25 Romantic Lines From Literature That Will Mend A Broken Heart

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1. “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”
— Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

2. “When you love something it loves you back in whatever way it has to love.”
— John Knowles, A Separate Peace

3. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
— Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

4. “I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”
— Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

5. “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 like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

6. “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.”
– Jane Austen, Persuasion

7. “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”
— Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

8. “I wish I knew how to quit you.”
– Annie Proulx, BrokeBack Mountain

9. “To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”
– Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

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

11. “Each time you happen to me all over again.”
– Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

12. “I screwed her over. I didn’t want to see her screwed over by someone else.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

13. “Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for.”
– Joseph Heller, Catch-22

14. “But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
– Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

15. “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”
– George Orwell, 1984

16. “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
– J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

17. “Remember now and then that there is a man who would die to keep someone you love beside you.”
– Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

18. “There is nothing so mortifying as to fall in love with someone who does not share one’s sentiments.”
– Georgette Heyer, Venetia

19. “Love. The reason I dislike that word is that it means too much for me, far more than you can understand.”
– Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

20. “I was too young to know how to love her.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

21. “The best thing, he knew, was to love just a little bit, so when they broke its back, or shoved it in a croaker sack, well, maybe you’d have a little love left over for the next one.”
— Toni Morrison, Beloved

22. “She had tricked him. She had made him leave his old self behind and come into her world, and then before he was really at home in it but too late to go back, she had left him stranded there–like an astronaut wandering about on the moon. Alone.”
― Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia

23. “The heart is made to be broken.”
– Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

24. “The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten.”
– William Faulkner, Soldiers’ Play

25. “The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.”
– Virginia Woolf, A Room Of One’s Own Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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