Love was in the era.
It was a period of grand gestures. There, the etiquette of flirtation was cultivated and scandalously abandoned.
Romance lived on the pages of love letters from Prince Albert to the chapters of timeless novels by the Brontë sisters. Their words still elicit excitement, reflection, joy, hope, and love.
He knew it was the first time their hands had met, though she was perfectly unconscious of the fact. – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
You transfix me quite. – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Even in my dreams, I never imagined that I should find so much love on earth. – Prince Albert
They forgot everything the minute they were together. – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
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If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
In case you ever foolishly forget: I am never not thinking of you. – Virginia Woolf
I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days — three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain. – John Keats
For a few seconds they looked silently into each other’s eyes, and the distant and impossible suddenly became near, possible, and inevitable. – War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
I love him best when he is asleep, and even better when he is awake. – Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
My heart is, and always will be, yours.” – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
And at home by the fire, whenever you look up, there I shall be – and whenever I look up, there you shall be. – Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
There would never be anyone for me but you. – Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a lifetime, he couldn’t love you as much as I do in a single day. – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul. – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. – Persuasion by Jane Austen
You were made perfectly to be loved, and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you my whole life long. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I love you because I love you, because it would be impossible for me not to love you. – Juliette Drouet
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
You will always love, and you will always be loved. – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. – Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. – Emma by Jane Austen
I don’t want diamond sunburst, or marble halls. I just want you. – Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. – Robert Browning
I shall do one thing in this life – one thing certain – that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you till I die. – Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy