Choosing the right card (and Valentine’s gift) for February 14 can be hard enough – but the real daunting task is what to write inside of it.
There’s a thin line between romantic and soppy, but luckily we’re here to help you tread it, with a selection of romantic poems, quotes and messages to get you started.
The best romantic quotes for Valentine’s Day
‘When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew’ – Arrigo Boito
‘I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, then all at once’ – John Green
‘Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!’ – Moulin Rouge
‘If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you’ – A. A. Milne
‘I’ve always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.’ – Leo Tolstoy
‘Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same’ – Emily Bronte
‘The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.’ – Margaret Atwood
‘You be the anchor that keeps my feet on the ground. I’ll be the wings that keep your heart in the clouds’ – Mayday Parade
‘I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you’re in the world.’ – Elton John
‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.’ – Helen Keller
‘Love is like the wind. You can’t see it, but you can feel it.’ – A Walk To Remember
‘The best thing to hold onto in life is each other’ – Audrey Hepburn
‘Because of you, I can feel myself slowly but surely becoming the me I have always dreamed of being.’– Tyler Knott Gregson
‘Love is friendship that has caught fire’ – Ann Landers
Beautiful Valentine’s Day poems
She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron
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
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
Simple Valentine’s Day messages for your card
My heart is all yours. I couldn’t ask for a better partner than you.
‘Wishing the sweetest, happiest day to my forever Valentine.’
‘Especially today, I hope you feel how much I love you and how grateful I am to have you in my life.‘
‘Thanks for being you. You take my breath away. Always. love all the adventures we have together.’
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