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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, dear bluestockings, and whether you’re a soft-hearted romantic or that guy who blames the holiday on greeting-card companies, there’s no denying the importance of celebrating the lifeblood of human relationships: LOVE. Last year, in honor of Cupid’s day, we shared Bas Bleu’s picks for our favorite literary couples. This year, on behalf of you lovers seeking the perfect words with which to woo your valentine, we’ve gathered sixteen soul-stirring quotations from—where else?—classic literature.

Romeo and Juliet“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs.” —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (suggested by Natalie Isbell Browning on Facebook)

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“A wave of yet more tender joy escaped from his heart and went coursing in warm flood along his arteries. Like the tender fire of stars moments of their life together, that no one knew of or would ever know of, broke upon and illumined his memory. He longed to recall to her those moments, to make her forget the years of their dull existence together and remember only their moments of ecstasy.” — James Joyce, Dubliners (suggested by Bridget Player on Facebook)

Age of Innocence

“Each time you happen to me all over again.”—Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

“To get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.” —Mark Twain

“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, Hamlet

“I shall do one thing in this life—one thing certain—that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you ‘til I die.” —Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd (suggested by Jennifer Bennett on Facebook)

“…he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” —Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“Love is the voice under all silences,
the hope which has no opposite in fear;
the strength so strong mere force is feebleness:
the truth more first than sun more last than star.” —e.e. cummings, “being to timelessness as it’s to time” (suggested by Rachel Huddleston on Facebook)

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

“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

“Yet everything that touches us, me and you,
takes us together like a violin’s bow,
which draws one voice out of two separate strings.” —Rainer Maria Rilke, “Love Song”

“I have for the first time found what I can truly love—I have found you. You are my sympathy—my better self—my good angel—I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wraps my existence about you—and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.” —Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” —Jane Austen (suggested by Lloyd Dodd on Facebook)

“I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.” —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities