On the subject of love, who better to turn to for romantic poeticism than these classic authors? Step up your Valentine’s day game a notch with these lovely, timeless words from Jane Austen, Plato, Shakespeare and other greats.

hearts jane-austen

“ If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

– Jane Austen, from Emma



My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:

And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.shakespeare

– Shakespeare Sonnet 130








Never durst poet touch a pen to write

Until his ink were temper’d with Love’s sighs;

– Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

plato_bustWhich heaven to gaudy day denies.

– Lord Byron




“ ‘Love’ is the name for our pursuit of wholeness, for our desire to be complete.”

– Plato, The Symposium


pablo neruda




You & I, Love, together we ratify the silence,
while the sea destroys its perpetual statues,
collapses its towers of wild speed and whiteness

– Pablo Neruda Love Sonnet IX






In that book which is

My memory . . .
On the first page
That is the chapter when
I first met you
Appear the words . . .
Here begins a new life

– Dante Alighieri




See! the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower would be forgiven,
If it disdained it’s brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;–
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

– Percy Bysshe Shelley, Love’s Philosophy

Literary Valentine’s Day

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