Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary. It’s been six years since my husband and I said “I do” and while we’ve had a lot of ups and downs (see here), I’m so glad we’ve been partners through it all. We had a whirlwind romance, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. While we’d known each other and been friends for years, we only dated for ten months (and one day) before we got married.
We incorporated a lot of bookishness into our wedding, but some days I look back and think, “Wouldn’t it have been nice if we’d had a reading or two in the wedding of some gorgeous quotes about love?” or “Wouldn’t it have been lovely to have included some bookish quotes in our vows?”.
So, in honour of my wedding anniversary, here are 14 book quotes to use in your wedding.
“You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known
—and even that is an understatement.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, Letter to Zelda Fitzgerald, 1939
“Wherever you are is my home, my only home.”
— Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
“For a moment Anne’s heart fluttered queerly and for the first time her eyes faltered under Gilbert’s gaze and a rosy flush stained the paleness of her face. It was as if a veil that had hung before her inner consciousness had been lifted, giving to her view a revelation of unsuspected feelings and realities. Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps. . . perhaps. . .love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
“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, Winnie the Pooh
“I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely.
You are my dearest one. My reason for life.”
– Ian McEwan, Atonement
“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat―soft and persistent, underlying everything.”
“All my life I thought that the story was over when the hero and heroine were
safely engaged—after all, what’s good enough for Jane Austen ought to be good enough for anyone.
But it’s a lie. The story is about to begin, and every day will be a new piece of the plot.”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl,
and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
“Here’s to all the places we went. And all the places we’ll go.
And here’s to me, whispering again and again and again and again: I love you.“
— John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
– John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
“I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm.”
—William Goldman, The Princess Bride
“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and in sickness it would still be dear.“
— Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
“And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds,
in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.“
— Kiersten White, The Chaos of Stars
“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
– Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss