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.

Without further ado, here are twenty-five Victorian love quotes to steal your breath away. . .

H E  knew it was the first time their hands had met, though she was perfectly unconscious of the fact. – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Y O U  transfix me quite. – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

E V E N  in my dreams, I never imagined that I should find so much love on earth. – Prince Albert

T H E Y  forgot everything the minute they were together. – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


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I F  you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

I N  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

F O R  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

love him best when he is asleep, and even better when he is awake. – Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery

H E ‘ S  more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

M Y  heart is, and always will be, yours.” – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

A N D  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

T H E R E  would never be anyone for me but you. – Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery

I F  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

wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul. – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Y O U  pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.  – Persuasion by Jane Austen

Y O U  were made perfectly to be loved, and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you my whole life long. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

love you because I love you, because it would be impossible for me not to love you. – Juliette Drouet

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

Y O U  will always love, and you will always be loved. – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. – Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

I F  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

G R O W  old along with me. The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. – Robert Browning

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

Pray tell. What might your favourite love quote be?

7 comments

  1. “I’m not full of virtue and noble qualities… I love. That is all; but I love strongly, exclusively, steadfastly.”.. Judy Davis as George Sand in “Impromptu”. May be a bit before Victorian times, but it’s the best quote I know.

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