Valentine’s Day Inspiration from Brilliance

E.E. Cummings

In the not-so-distant past, Valentine’s Day came with a bouquet of flowers, some chocolate, and a greeting card written by a faceless someone whose sentiments may not have resonated with yours, but had passable rhyming skills. Today, printed greeting cards have almost disappeared, but the appeal of using someone else’s words still remain. This is especially true if they describe how you feel and if you are tongue-tied  and cannot put your emotions into writing without help.

Brilliance has gathered some romantic love quotes from some of the best and most respected literary masters we’ve ever known. Their words need not rhyme for them to highlight the giddiness of a first kiss, or the near-to-despairing moment of waiting for a beloved to say that they feel the same way about you.

victor hugo
W H Auden

Describing your feelings to that special someone can become a pretty harrowing moment, especially if you see yourself as a sensible person. However, when it comes to quoting a much-lauded poet such as E.E. Cummings, for instance, an emotion that allows you to take leave of logic and denounce wisdom for it seems to be perfectly acceptable.

E.E. Cummings

And if it’s an ancient philosopher who is quoting what love can do, can reason and logic argue with that?

Finally, we present a quote not from a literary master, but a master of life. Bruce Lee, legendary martial artist, beloved teacher, and influential pop culture icon of the 20th century, shows us that despite his short life, he knew what loving someone in the context of a long-term relationship meant.

bruce lee

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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