21 Heart-Punching Quotes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Poetry

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It’s no secret that I love poetry. Like, if I could wake up and eat poetry for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I probably would. (Okay, sometimes I do). I’ve put together a list with quotes from some of my favorite poets, and let me tell you, *feels* will be felt. All feels relevant.


“You could tie my tongue
My lips, my teeth
Split them into surrender
Into a foreign language
And I would still manage
To cough up your name.”

– Danielle Shorr, “Let”


“Here I love you.
Here I love you and the horizon hides you in vain.
I love you still among these cold things.
Sometimes my kisses go on those heavy vessels
that cross the sea towards no arrival.
I see myself forgotten like those old anchors.”

– Pablo Neruda, “Here I Love You”


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Are you afraid to fall in love (again)?

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Yes. I think I am. It is for the reason that I was hurt by someone I truly love and I fear of losing myself once more. I fear failure, especially in relationships. I think the thing I am most fearful at is losing the persons I truly love.

But it doesn’t mean that I will not give in to love again. Sometimes, courage is in its most authentic sense when there is fear; admit fear, accept cowardice, yet choose to face it, choose to take a step forward, choose to love again knowing that God desires me to win in love and not in the fear of losing.

10 Quotes From Vladimir Nabokov’s Love Letters That Will Make You Pine For An Old Fashioned Romance

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At 24-years-old Vladimir Nabokov wasn’t yet known as one of the most prominent and controversial Russian novelists in history. Instead he was a poet falling madly in love with 21-year-old Vera, who would later become not only his wife but one of the most important literary sidekicks. She gave up her own writing career to support her husbands and acted as Nabokov’s agent, editor, researcher, and stenographer in four languages throughout their time together.

He was so taken with Vera upon meeting her that he began writing her letters after the day they met and continued to write about her until the day he died. The quotes below are from the collection of his letters to her published last year that will make you swoon for an old fashioned romance when letter writing was still a thing.

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The Things You Will Always Regret If You Don’t Do Them

The Things You Will Always Regret If You Don’t Do Them

In the same way that I am afraid of being trapped by what society says I ought to do. I am afraid of being afraid so he’s what I’m going to do.

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One of my friends moved to Berlin when she was 21. She dropped out of a shitty state college where she was pursuing a degree in communications (with a minor in music, for good measure), and left. She didn’t get a proper visa and only had about 1500 dollars to her name when she went, sleeping on a friend’s couch “until she got on her feet.” She did their chores and cooked them dinner and kept her little space as clean as possible.

We all made fun of her before she left, mostly behind her back, but occasionally to her face. “What is she going to do over there? Be a hooker?” the more callous friends would ask. Once I told her, “I’m just worried about you. I don’t think you’re thinking this through.” She smiled at me and told me that she had thought it through, but that there…

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20 Quotes From The Greatest Love Letters Of The 20th Century

20 Quotes From The Greatest Love Letters Of The 20th Century

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1. I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside of me there will always be the person I am tonight. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. I love you more than anybody in the world… I love you for millions and millions of things, clocks and vampires and dirty nails and squiggly paintings and lovely hair and being dizzy and falling dreams. – Dylan Thomas

3. I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal. So this letter is really just a squeal of pain. – Vita Sackville-West

4. I don’t want to live – I want to love first, and live incidentally. – Zelda Fitzgerald

5. There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which…

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8 Signs Your Life Is Going In The Right Direction

I know where I’m heading to.

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1. Your life is hard

When you strive to attain your goals, it will always be tough no matter what they are. You will face jealousy from those who want you to stay at their level, you will face failure on a weekly basis, you will go through extreme doubt about your decisions, you will ponder the meaning of life at the worst possible times and you will want to go back to your unfulfilling yet comfortable previous existence. But somehow you always find a way to stay on top and in control of the situation, by having the courage and perseverance to always get back up and consistently work towards your dream.

2. You’re honest with yourself

Hard doesn’t always equal good. You have the ability to quickly realize when you’re wasting your time in a rotten venture and you make the right decisions to make it…

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On Rediscovering Yourself After A Breakup

On Rediscovering Yourself After A Breakup

Find myself and take it back to where it ought to be…

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We all go through it, we all understand that there is a time where you just lose yourself. Some people lose themselves in friendships, others in alcohol, parties, and, to put it plainly: Life. I think one of the most tragic ways to lose yourself is to do so with someone you gave your entire world to, and that’s why I’m writing this right now. This letter is to the lost part of me. The part that is slowly being rediscovered. So bear with me as we rekindle some of the wonderful things about yourself, because you need to remember who you were before them.

Do you remember when you were so full of life and you had a sense of humor? No care in the world is what some would call it. No guards, no walls, just pure wholesome happiness. Somehow now when you sit in a room full…

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What It Feels Like To Be With The Man Of Your Dreams

What else matters?

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Behind every cynic was once a wide eyed hopeless romantic who had their hopes up until they got shot down by the same person who made them believe in the magic of love. I’ve had my heart broken so many times by the people that I’ve been infatuated with, lustful to and secretly dated in my head. But the biggest heart break I’ve experienced was with my first love. I thought he was the one, I was in love with him but after six years together and a string of overlooked red flags.. He tore my heart to pieces. I started to think, maybe love doesn’t really exist? Maybe it’s just some glorified idea made by people who are too afraid to be alone? Who needs it? I don’t. And just like that, I stopped believing.

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If you never questioned your beliefs, – you are just a puppet dancing to somebody’s strings. If God had wanted your mindless obedience, you would’ve been created without mind and without free will. But you have both so you can come to God of your own accord. Just look at the lives of saints, – most of them had gone through a dark night of the soul, and that’s why their faith was so strong. The path to true faith always goes through doubt. So ask those questions you’ve always been afraid to ask, and find the answers, and then your faith will become unshakable.