Valentine’s Day is coming up!  I don’t know about you, but my romantic heart is more touched by a personal note or card than by flowers or a gift. (though I wouldn’t sneeze at those either!)  Words AND gesture?  Perfect!

If you don’t know what to say, you could, of course, rely on a standard greeting card, but there’s lots more wonderful wisdom…and cleverness… to access that may strike the right chord for you and your sweetie, no matter how you regard love.

Here are an assortment of thoughts on love from world-famous, statesmen, writers, poets, scientists, artists, lovers and the always brilliant “anonymous”!

  • We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love. —Robert Fulghum,True Love
  • Don’t you think I was made for you? I feel like you had me ordered—and I was delivered to you—to be worn. I want you to wear me, like a watch-charm or a buttonhole bouquet. Zelda Sayre to F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. Albert Einstein
  • Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart. ~Author Unknown
  • What cannot letters inspire? They have souls; they can speak; they have in them all that force which expresses the transports of the heart….Heloise to Abelard
  • You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip. –-Jonathan Carroll, Outside the Dog Museum
  • Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. William Shakespeare
  • VAlentines day stylized heartOpen your life wide, and take me in forever. I will never be tired—I will never be noisy when you want to be still…nobody else will see me, but you—but that is enough—I shall not want any more. —Emily Dickinson to an unknown recipient
  • Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939
  • I dust [your photo] carefully every morning, for to do so gives me the pleasant feeling that I’m caressing you as in the old days. I even touch your nose with mine to recapture the electric current that used to flush through my blood whenever I did so. —Nelson Mandela to his wife, Winnie 
  • For you see, each day I love you more
    Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
    –Rosemonde Gerard
  • Out of the depths of my happy heart wells a great tide of love and prayer for this priceless treasure that is confided to my lifelong keeping. You cannot see its waves as they flow toward you, darling, but in these lines you will hear…the distant beating of its surf. —Mark Twain to Olivia Langdon 
  • If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? —Author Unknown
  • I want to do things so wild with you that I don’t know how to say them. —Anaïs Nin to Henry Miller 
  • Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. —Robert Browning
  • Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely. —M*A*S*H, Hawkeye
  • A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
    A song is no song ’til you sing it,
    And love in your heart
    Wasn’t put there to stay –
    Love isn’t love
    ‘Til you give it away.
    –Oscar Hammerstein,Sound of Music, You Are Sixteen (Reprise)

And finally, of course, don’t beat yourself up if you can’t quite express what you mean, since….

  • The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. —Stephen King