(Closed) Your favorite quote from a book about love

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Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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ucsadie:  This is one of my favorite “love” quotes from a book. It’s paraphrased – the whole quote is longer, this is just the part I like – from The Notebook (the book, not the movie).

“..our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we’ve lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we’ve found each other… I know I have spent every life before this one searching for you. Not someone like you, but you, for your soul and mine must always come together…”

Post # 17
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Busy bee

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” Nicholas Sparks, A walk To Remember

“We love the things we love for what they are.” Robert Frost, Hyla Brook (It’s a poem)

“He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest.” W.H. Auden, Stop All The Clocks

“Her love was entire as a child’s, and though warm as summer it was fresh as spring.” Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd

“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.” Ian McEwan, Atonement

 “Do I love you? My god, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches” William Goldman, The Princess Bride 

 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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ucsadie:  I haven’t actually read the book myself, but we had the following as a reading during the ceremony:

Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words ‘make’ and ‘stay’ become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 10, 2016

“Roses are for love. Not forget-me-not, honeysuckle, silly sweethearts’ love but the love that makes you and keeps you whole, love that gets you through the worst your life’ll give you and that pours out of you when you’re give the best instead.” ― Robin McKinley, Rose Daughter

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

“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. // A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. // A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…” Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul mate is an even better feeling. A soul mate is someone who understands you like no other, loves you like no other, will be there for you forever, no matter what. They say that nothing lasts forever, but I am a firm believer in the fact that for some, love lives on even after we’re gone.” P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern

“You don’t marry someone you can live with, you marry the person you cannot live without.” P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern

 

Just a few 🙂

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I did this for my wedding!

I love Little Women. Here are two of my favourite quotes:

“You don’t need scores of suitors. You only need one… if he’s the right one.” Amy March

“I have loved you since the moment I clamped eyes on you. What could be more reasonable than to marry you?” Laurie

Post # 22
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Helper bee

Not a singular quote, but appropriate at this time:

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

“After all this time?”

“Always,” said Snape.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

“People always say that, when you love someone, nothing in the world matters. But that’s not true, is it? You know, and I know, that when you love someone, everything in the world matters a little bit more.”

-Jodi Picoult, Handle With Care

 

Love is not an equation. It’s not a contract, and it’s not a happy ending. It is the slate under the chalk and the ground buildings rise from and the oxygen in the air. It is the place I come back to, no matter where I’ve been headed.

-Jodi Picoult, Vansihing Acts

 

You don’t love somebody because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.

-Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

 

Can you tell I have a slight obsession with jodi?!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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natbrown0703:  me too! I’ve read pretty much every book she’s written!

Post # 25
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Newbee

I loved the Notebook 🙂 ! Also- this qoute from Nicholas Spark’s “A Walk to Remember” always gives me chills:

“It wasn’t that long, and it certainly wasn’t the kind of kiss you see in movies these days, but it was wonderful in its own way, and all I can remember about the moment is that when our lips touched, I knew the memory would last forever.”

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

On Marriage from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke again and said, “And what of Marriage, master?”

And he answered saying:

–You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

“Who, being loved, is poor?”
– Oscar Wilde

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”
– Henry Thoreau

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

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Airman’s Odyssey

“And think not that you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.”
– Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
– Mark Twain

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”
– Khalil Gibran

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

It might be a little longer than what you are looking for, but it is lovely!  We had this reading from Louis de Bernieres’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin in our ceremony:

Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.  And when it subsides you have to make a decision.  You have to work out whether your root was 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 promulgation of promises of eternal passion.  That is just being in love, which any fool can do.  Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.  

Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.  

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My personal favorite:

I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.
The Chaos of Stars, Kiersten White

Last year when my grandma fell and broke her hip she couldn’t paint her toenails anymore. So my grandpa started doing it for her, even after he fell and broke his hip, too. For me, that’s love.
The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.
Dracula, Bram Stoker

It’s clear to me now that I have been moving toward you and you toward me for a long time. Though neither of us was aware of the other before we met, there was a kind of mindless certainty bumming blithely along beneath our ignorance that ensured we would come together. Like two solitary birds flying the great prairies by celestial reckoning, all of these years and lifetimes we have been moving toward one another.
The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller

Maybe that’s what it all comes down to. Love, not as a surge of passion, but as a choice to commit to something, someone, no matter what obstacles or temptations stand in the way. And maybe making that choice, again and again, day in and day out, year after year, says more about love than never having a choice to make at all.
Love the One You’re With, Emily Giffin

For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks — all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, ” You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife.
From Beginning to End by Robert Fulghum

Post # 30
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Sugar bee

A bit of the poem I love you, by Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan poet:

If I love you it’s because you are

my love, my partner, and my everything

and walking down the street, arm in arm,

we are much more than two

Spanish version:

Te quiero

Si te quiero es porque sos

mi amor, mi cómplice y todo

y en la calle, codo a codo

somos mucho más que dos

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