The 14 Most Romantic Lines From Famous Love Letters

Adriana Velez | Feb 3, 2015 Love & Sex

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Love letters are not old fashioned, and they're not a thing of the past. They're actually really romantic. Every one of us deserves to read a longhand letter every now and then that tells us we are seen and all the ways we are loved. No need to get out the calligraphy pen and scented stationery -- any pen to paper will do -- but a little love letter inspiration will definitely help.

In our ridiculously busy lives, especially for busy parents, our relationships (even the good ones!) often take the back seat to the kids and work and even getting dinner on the table. Most of us are lucky enough to send or receive a quick "love you" text a few times a month. It's simply not enough. We gotta do more. Show more love. And tell the people in our lives how much they mean to us. It'll mean so very much.

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Do you fumble for the right words when you're trying to express your love? Take inspiration from these famous love letters. French novelists, English poets, rock stars, and even Ronald Reagan (yes, really!) have penned some of the most romantic, sigh-able lines we've ever read.

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  • To Me You Are Perfect


    Never mind that Mark wrote this to his best friend's bride -- on giant poster boards. It's pretty much what every woman wants to hear at least once in her life. Are we perfect? Not even close. But can we be perfect to someone? Absolutely.

  • Happiness Is Within You


    This is '60s rock legend Jimi Hendrix daring a woman to trust him and open her heart to him. But it's not about what her love will do for him -- it's how it will transform her. What an enticing idea!

  • The Ring of Fire Still Burns


    Don't you love how Johnny Cash uses one of his classic songs to romance his own wife? After all those years, we love that he still feels passion for her.

  • I Want to Love First


    Talk about living for passion! This is all about throwing your whole self into a great love. Imagine how novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald felt reading this from his then-fiancee, Zelda. Would you be seduced ... or scared?

  • I Love Her ...


    Lucky for Zelda, F. Scott was just as passionate and single-minded in his love for his wife.

  • The Picture of My Heart


    Abigail Adams wrote this to John centuries ago, so the language is a little antiquated. But the idea should sound familiar: It is the hope that her husband will continue loving her through the years.

  • Cover You With Love


    The novelist's passion is almost violent -- in a truly exciting way! Just imagining what their sex life must have been like makes us blush. Oh my ... is it getting hot in here?

  • The Best Kind of Love


    Oh Nicholas Sparks! Channeled through Noah, you really know how to woo a woman with both high-mindedness and lust. That really is what true love is all about.

  • My Heart Was Trembling


    That excitement you feel when you get a letter from your beloved and you can't even wait to get home to read it -- you have to tear it open. Right. There.

  • These Nothings Meant More to Me


    Who doesn't love sweet "nothings"? It's true -- sometimes the pleasure of love comes from all the incidental details you share with each other.

  • I Wish We Were Butterflies


    Do you ever feel that way -- like you'd rather have a short time of beautiful romance rather than years and years without any love at all?

  • I Will Love You


    Lemony Snicket is the author of dark and hilarious kids' literature such as A Series of Unfortunate Events. Here he twists the usual love letter hyperbole into something truly loony -- but sincere.

  • Special & Dangerous Loveliness


    Married and divorced, married and divorced, was there ever a more tempestuous couple as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor? Even if they couldn't live with or without each other, one thing was constant: Their passion.

  • Someone Loves Her Very Much


    Aww, who knew former President Ronald Regan could be so romantic? Of course, their devotion to each other was no secret! What an inspiring couple.

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