Literary Love Quotes for the 21st Century

Valentine's Day is almost here, and the book lovers among us are looking up love quotes to share with our sweethearts. As wooing methods go, sharing the literary love is a pretty effective strategy. (It worked in Beauty and the Beast!)

However, now that we're in 2017, some of the standbys just don't have that modern vibe to them. You know, like:

In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.
— William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Don't get me wrong, these quotes are from some of my favorite books! But if you're looking for something a little more updated, modern literature is ripe with swoon-worthy lines to share with a significant other. These are some of my favorite literary love quotes for the 21st century:

Literary Love Quotes for the 21st Century ||
So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.
— Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You
As long as I’m with you, I know exactly who I am.
— Blake Crouch, Dark Matter
Love was a rare thing, easily confused with a million other things, and if anybody knew this to be true it was him.
— Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight.
— Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star
Love is about the good moments, but it’s about holding on to each other during the difficult ones, too.
— Aisha Saeed, Written In The Stars
Sometimes it amazes me how much these defining parts of our lives hinge on chance.
— Curtis Sittenfeld, Eligible
I don’t know what brought us together...but I do know that nothing can keep us apart.
— Ellen Smith, Every Last Minute

Did you catch the surprise at the end? The last quote is from my work-in-progress! Since EVERY LAST MINUTE is a time travel romance, I've had romantic quotes on the brain. Check back on the blog this Valentine's Day--I'll be sharing a scene from my book as a sneak preview for you!