As a slight nerd who used to get super-excited about any high-school English lesson where Shakespeare or Arthur Miller was going to be read and at one point could recite Hamlet’s soliloquy almost word-for-word, eloquent literary quotes usually have me completely enthralled. Love, as perhaps the single greatest human emotion, is probably written about by all the greatest writers, and many of these writings are so beautiful.
These are just a few of my favourites:
“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a great line to bear in mind amongst the flurry of madness you are bound to be gripped in at some point in the lead up to and on your big day! The fact that you’re marrying the man/woman you love is essentially what it is all about, keep reminding yourself of this and I promise it’ll make whatever you find yourself stressing about just a little less stress-worthy.
"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
Written by the great bard himself, this line romantically and passionately encapsulates your love for your groom/bride to be. It’s perfect for use as part of your vows or in speeches.
“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear. Your mind is my treasure, and if it were broken, it would be my treasure still.” Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
This is a lovely quote that for me sums up marriage – pledging to love the man/woman you’re marrying when things aren’t perfect because sometimes life isn’t perfect, but the fact that you love them and they love you kind of makes it perfect enough.
“Journeys end in lovers meeting” – William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
Here Shakespeare sums up the sheer completeness people feel when they find ‘the one’. Another perfect wedding line.
"Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering." Nicole Krauss, "The History Of Love"
Just a lovely, sweet and romantic quote! And because I think laughter should absolutely be a big part of love.
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Aristotle
A great definition of love, perfect for speeches!
“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 become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.” – Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
One of my favourite depictions of love is Louis de Bernieres’ description of it from the classic Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. I think it perfectly encapsulates lasting love and so makes a lovely wedding reading.
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