Valentine's Day

Romeo and Juliet

Searching for words to woo your Romeo or Juliet? Try some of these words of wisdom for inspiration.

'You were made perfectly to be loved - and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.'
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

'To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.'
Bertrand Arthur William Russell

'The course of true love never did run smooth.'
A Midsummer Night's Dream

'Love is something eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence.'
Vincent van Gogh

'Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.'
David Grayson

'Love is blind.'
The Canterbury Tales: The Merchant's Tale

'Speed. If you love her, you cannot see her.
Valentine. Why?
Speed. Because Love is blind.'
The Two Gentlemen of Verona

'If music be the food of love, play on.'
Twelfth Night

'Intense love does not measure, it just gives.'
Mother Teresa

'Gravitation cannot be held responsible for falling in love.'
Albert Einstein

'Doubt that the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.'

'At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.'

'To-morrow is Saint Valentine's Day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine'

'We loved with a love that is more than love'
Poe, Annabel Lee

'There's a beggary in the love that can be reckoned'
Antony and Cleopatra

'This is the very ecstasy of love'

'I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say "I love you"'
Henry V

'This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet'
Romeo and Juliet

'My bounty is as deep as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinate.'
Romeo and Juliet

'If you want to kiss me anytime during the evening, Nick, just let me know and I'll be glad to arrange it for you. Just mention my name.'
F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

'I tried to resist his overtures, but he plied me with symphonies, quartettes, chamber music and cantatas'
SJ Perelman The Love Decoy

'...kissed her once by the pigsty when she wasn't looking and never kissed her again although she was looking all the time'
Dylan Thomas Under Milk Wood

'You wait here and I'll bring the etchings down'
James Thurber Men, Women and Dogs cartoon caption

Suggestions and stories from our Facebook and Twitter followers
Ferdinand had a way with words in wooing Miranda..."The very instant that I saw you did my heart fly to your service"... swoon

Oh to me 25 years ago: "Can I read your Doonesbury?" (Guardian comic strip) We're still together-and still read The Guardian!

I once had "You must be tired because you've been running through my dreams all night" And no it didn't work on me lol

Here's the nicest way I ever got asked out: I was handing out flyers (yes, out of work actor job!) and it was freezing. A lovely, handsome policeman came over to check that I was alright and not about to freeze to death! Then he came back a...bout an hour later with a hot chocolate, he'd written his number in the lid and he said "I don't know what your situation is, if you're single or not but if you are then that's my number and if not then it's just a hot chocolate to warm you up"... lovely, charming and not too pushy.

You could always try Petruchio's way but methinks it won't get you far these days..... or would it?

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Still looking for your valentine?
Cast your mind back to St Agnes's Eve (19 January) and you may have dreamt about your future husband. John Keat's poem on The Eve of St Agnes was founded on the idea.

'They told her how, upon St. Agnes' Eve,
Young virgins might have visions of delight,
And soft adorings from their loves receive
Upon the honey'd middle of the night,
If ceremonies due they did aright;
As, supperless to bed they must retire,
And couch supine their beauties, lily white;
Nor look behind, nor sideways, but require
Of Heaven with upward eyes for all that they desire.'

If you have trouble remembering that night, folklore suggests bay leaves. Sprinkled with water and laid on the pillow this evening with the words 'Good Valentine, be kind to me, In dreams let me my true love see' may have a similar outcome.

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