Love Paragraphs for Her: 50+ I Love You Paragraphs

An I love you note with a love paragraph for her in it.

When you feel strongly about someone, so strongly that you love them, sometimes it doesn’t always make sense in a way that’s easy to articulate. You may really care about someone, but putting those thoughts into words is hard. Love is an exciting, confusing, up and down and everything in between sort of emotion. That’s why telling someone you love them is about more than three little words, it’s about explaining how and why you feel the way you do. That’s why love paragraphs can be a great way to tell the woman you’re with how much you care about her.

So often people don’t take the time to tell someone how they feel. We send text messages, like photos, or kiss a cheek on our way out the door and even though we love someone we may not always take the time to write it down and tell them just how important they are. These love paragraphs for her do just that. They’re examples of I love you paragraphs that you can send to someone you care about—you can write them in a card, in a text message or email, in a letter you leave on a pillow, or something you memorize and say out loud. Taking the time to write out an I love you paragraph, will show your girlfriend or wife just how much she means to you.

Here are over 50 love paragraphs for her to inspire your own I love you paragraphs:

A quote from Pablo Neruda: I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, I love you directly without problems or pride: I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love, except in this form in which I am not nor are you, so close that your hand upon my chest is mine, so close that your eyes close with my dreams.

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Before I met you, I didn’t think love was for me. It was something other people had and felt. Something in movies and in TV shows. It felt more like a wish I had then something real. Now that I’m with you, love is so much more tangible. It’s something I can reach out and touch. It’s so much more than a wish or a hope (though it does give me hope, for so many things), it’s the very real, wonderful person I wake up to. The warm hand next to mine, the brush of hair against my cheek. I love you and because of that love I love so much more than you. I love myself and the world in a way I never thought possible. You’ve made that possible for me. You’ve made everything possible.

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“At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal. We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone. Often a man wishes to be alone and a woman wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.”- Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

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Sometimes when I look at the ocean or an especially large mountain range, I feel overwhelmed and small, but in a good way. It’s comforting to know there’s something out there bigger than I am. Something large and enduring that has lasted through the ages. Through harsh weather, storms and droughts, through changes in history and climate, the ocean keeps on rolling and the mountains keep on standing tall. When I think of you and our love and how I feel about you, I feel the same way. My love for you doesn’t make me feel small though, it makes me feel powerful and new. I look at you and I know that I will love you forever, through storms and droughts, through all the changes that will undoubtedly come our way. I will love you forever. There’s no changing that.  

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Watching you walk across a room is the greatest gift. The way you move is so graceful and easy. The way you smile makes me feel at peace. Knowing you’re walking towards me is a feeling so hard to describe. It’s like coming home, a comfort, only the home is coming to me. I will never know such love, such peace, as you. You’re my home.

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A love paragraph from The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James: It has made me better loving you... it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better. It’s just as when one has been trying to spell out a book in the twilight, and suddenly the lamp comes in. I had been putting out my eyes over the book of life, and finding nothing to reward me for my pains; but now that I can read it properly I see that it’s a delightful story.

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“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches…I have stayed these years in my hovel because of you. I have taught myself languages because of you. I have made my body strong because I thought you might be pleased by a strong body. I have lived my life with only the prayer that some sudden dawn you might glance in my direction. I have not known a moment in years when the sight of you did not send my heart careening against my rib cage. I have not known a night when your visage did not accompany me to sleep. There has not been a morning when you did not flutter behind my waking eyelids… I love you. Okay? Want it louder? I love you. Spell it out, should I? I ell-oh-vee-ee why-oh-you. Want it backward? You love I.” – William Goldman, The Princess Bride

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I wanted to take the time to tell you just how much you mean to me. You’ve become a rock in my life, something solid and secure I can lean on. Knowing you’re by my side makes me so eternally grateful, I can hardly put it to words. I had felt happiness before, but nothing prepared me for the happiness I feel when I’m with you. I don’t know what I said or did that made me lucky enough to deserve you, but I will spend the rest of my life trying to be the best man I can be so that you can be proud. Thank you for all that you do and have done for me. You have taught me what it is to love. You’ve showed me how beautiful life can be.

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They say the heart wants what it wants and there’s no logic to such things. It’s a little crazy, my love for you. Sometimes it makes me so happy and giddy, it’s like I’m a little boy or on some drug. You make me feel like I can do anything and I am so happy to be with you. Thank you for being the wonderful, amazing person that you are. You surprise me everyday and you warm my heart every night. I am the person I am today because you’ve loved me and helped me love. You are amazing.

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“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.”- A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh 

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I want you to know that you are the most important thing in my life. You’re the reason I do everything. When I get up in the morning, I feel so grateful for every second I have with you and have here on earth. You give my life meaning, you give my days such joy, you are the reason I smile. Thank you for being with me, for joining me on this journey through life. Your love is everything to me.

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You’ve lit a fire in me. It’s a passion that grows with each passing day. Just when I think I get used to my love for you, you’ll do something small and amazing. Maybe you’ll make me laugh, or say something so smart it makes me see the world in a new way, and suddenly there it is again—that rush of emotion, of love, that comes over me so swiftly it’s like a wildfire in my soul. I hope you know how much you mean to me, how much I love you, and how excited I am to walk through this life with you.

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“This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.”- David Levithan, Every Day

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A love paragraph from Charles Dickens, David Copperfield: She was more than human to me. She was a Fairy, a Sylph, I don’t know what she was - anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted. I was swallowed up in an abyss of love in an instant. There was no pausing on the brink; no looking down, or looking back; I was gone, headlong, before I had sense to say a word to her.

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You’re my best friend. The person I can tell all my secrets to, the first person I want to talk to when I wake up, and last person I want to talk to before I drift off to sleep. When something good happens to me, you’re the first person I want to tell. When I’m troubled by something or if I get bad news, you’re the one I go to for comfort and support. But you’re so much more to me than a friend, you’re the love of my life. You’re my friend, my lover, my comfort and my strength. I am so lucky to have you. I just wanted you to know how happy I am to have you in my life.

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“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”- Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

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My love for you has no beginning and no end. It is cyclical, like life. It is ever-flowing, like the oceans. It is as boundless as the sky and as vast as the universe. When I see your face, I see my past, my present, my future. When I hold your hand I feel everything inside of me expand. You are my everything. I will love you forever.

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Before I met you, I was doing fine. And I thought doing fine was the best it was ever going to get for me. I lived a decent life and I was a decent man. I tried my best. But there was always something missing, some emptiness inside of me, a wanting I didn’t understand. There was a hole in me. I didn’t know that happiness like what we have now even existed. I think of my life now, how it is with you, and you’ve filled that hole. You are the missing part of me. With you I finally feel whole. I am so much more than fine. I am so full of love for you. I love you so much. You make my life complete.

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“Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star. It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn’t even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.” – Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

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I love you in a place where there’s no space or time. My love is everlasting, ever growing, and ever present. My love for you knows no bounds. I was drawn to you and your soul in a way I can’t explain. It was like I just knew, here she is. This is it. She is it. You’ll never know how much you mean to me. I can only tell you that my soul will love you forever.

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“When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke — the language that everyone on Earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. Because when you know the language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”- Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist

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I never used to look at the stars before. I don’t know why. I just didn’t think about them much. They were just there but they didn’t mean anything to me. After meeting you, I seem to look at them all the time. When I gaze up at the stars I feel a hope now. I feel something more than I can explain. Since meeting you things like stars fill me with awe. I can see the beauty in things that I missed before. After seeing your beauty, after experiencing the way I’m able to love for you, I find I have more love in me for other things. You’ve changed me. You’ve made me see the beauty in this world. You’re so so beautiful to me. You’re so so important. I love you.

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A love paragraph from Sonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated: If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweller's felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn't exist, and I have tried everything that does.

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When you feel weak, I am here to be strong for you. When you are strong, I’m here to lift you up and make you stronger. When you are sad, I am here to bring a smile to your face. And when you are happy, I am here to enjoy every minute of it. Because you do all these things for me. When I am weak, you give me strength. When I am sad, you can make me smile every time. I am so grateful for you and our life together. I have found my perfect partner. I am here for you. I will always be here and you will always have my heart.

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“It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better.”- Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

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I don’t make promises I can’t keep. I don’t say things I don’t mean. And I never go back on my word. So when I promise you, as I’m promising now, to love you for all of the rest of my days, I mean it. You will always be the one my soul reaches out for. You will always be the one I find my happiness in. You are the reason I get up in the morning and the person I want to come home to at night. I’m a simple man, but I know this to be true: I love you. I love you, I love you, I love you. My love is my promise. It’s as simple and wonderful as that.

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There are moments when we’re together, where I wish I could make time stop. I often think to myself, that I could easily stay in this moment forever. Just being with you, sitting with you, touching your cheek and stroking your hair. Your head on my shoulder is everything to me. Every moment I spend with you is the best moment of my life. I love you, and I will go on loving you through all the moments we share together from now on until forever.

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“I have for the first time found what I can truly love—I have found you. You are my sympathy—my better self—my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you are good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you—and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.” – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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I wish I could make you feel my love. I wish you could know what it is you make me feel for you. How desperately I want and need you. I would cross oceans and deserts, climb mountains, sail the seas, go to the ends of the earth for you, just to make you feel my love and to let you know how very very precious you are to me. You mean so very very much to me. I love you.

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“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater … The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that’s the key. It’s like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.”

– Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

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A love paragraph from Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago: They loved each other, not driven by necessity, by the "blaze of passion" often falsely ascribed to love. They loved each other because everything around them willed it, the trees and the clouds and the sky over their heads and the earth under their feet.

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What can I say? I never expected this, expected us. I never planned for my whole life to get turned upside down. But it did and here we are, two people in love facing a lifetime together. You can’t plan for love to happen, it’s something that comes on it’s own. But I can tell you now, that I plan to spend the rest of my life loving you. I never expected this, but it’s the best most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me. I never thought I would love you like this but I do. I really do.

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“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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A love paragraph from Lang Leve, Soul Mates: I don’t know how you are so familiar to me—or why it feels less like I am getting to know you and more as though I am remembering who you are. How every smile, every whisper brings me closer to the impossible conclusion that I have known you before, I have loved you before—in another time, a different place, some other existence.

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When I was a kid I used to sit and think of what the person I loved would be like. I pictured kissing in fields or maybe on the beach. A beautiful woman who was kind. You are so much more than I could have ever imagined. I never even thought to wish for someone as beautiful, kind, sweet, funny, smart, and amazing as you. You are my life’s biggest surprise. 

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All the people I’ve met, the places I’ve been, other women who I’ve been close to, they just never seemed to fit. They just never seemed to understand me or the particular sadness I felt. But it seems so natural with you. Being with you is the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Talking with you is the happiest I’ve ever felt. I don’t know how you do it but you get me and you get to me in a way no one else ever has. I love you. It’s easy loving you. It’s beautiful.

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I want to talk about happiness and well-being, about those rare, unexpected moments when the world goes silent and you feel a sense of peace and belonging wash over you. I want to talk about the early stages for our relationship, about the tangy smell of your skin and the subtle curve of your face, about our first date and first kisses and the first time I met your parents, the first time you shared your dreams, made me laugh, made me smile, made me tear up at the beauty of it all. I want to talk about the benefits of sleeping next to the person you love, about the pleasures of your presence, about what happens to your soul when you come home in the evening and feel the warm embrace of arms around your body. I want to remember the good times, the hard times, the lazy Sunday mornings, the long sweet nights. I want to remember it all. Every moment I’ve spent with you. I want to talk about how much I love you. I want you to know how important you are to me. How much our life together means to me.

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Once upon a time, there was a boy. He lived in a village that no longer exists, in a house that no longer exists, on the edge of a field that no longer exists, where everything was discovered, and everything was possible. A stick could be a sword, a pebble could be a diamond, a tree, a castle. Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived in a house across the field, from a girl who no longer exists. They made up a thousand games. She was queen and he was king. In the autumn light her hair shone like a crown. They collected the world in small handfuls, and when the sky grew dark, and they parted with leaves in their hair. 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.  – Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

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Please forgive me, I was afraid of loving you. Afraid of what it would do to me. Afraid that if I cared this much about someone and it didn’t work out, if it fell apart, I’d stop working too. But now I know that love is about taking a leap of faith and I have faith in you. I love you and I’m not afraid of it anymore. I love you and I love what it’s done to me. I’d stop working without you. That’s when I’d really fall apart.

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“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life—to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?” – George Eliot, Adam Bede 

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I think I’ve loved you my whole life, only I didn’t know it was you I was loving. I have always had this feeling inside me that I was meant for something. After meeting you I know I was meant to love you. You are my reason for living. I’ve loved you my whole life and with each passing day my love only grows stronger.

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“People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.” – T. Smith, Wild Awake

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Life is better with you in it. It’s simple really. The world is more beautiful, the days are more fun, moments are more precious. I love having you in my life. I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I only hope you feel the same way. That I can make your life better by having been in it.

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A love paragraph from Shakespeare: No sooner met but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved; no sooner loved but they sighed; no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason; no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage...

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I may not be the best at saying how I feel. I know I can be quiet at times and that I don’t talk about my feelings as much as you’d like. I know I’m not always an easy person to be around. But I want you to know that I love you. I know how lucky I am and I thank whatever Gods there may be to thank every single day that I somehow managed to convince you that I’m a worthwhile person. I won’t always be able to tell you this but I’m telling you this now: I love you and I will spend the rest of my life trying to deserve you.

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“Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough.” – Laura, Hendricks, Love is Friendship Set on Fire

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There are times when we’re together, we’ll be out at a restaurant or maybe just at home, sitting on the couch or going about our days, and I’ll look over at you and I’m struck by how much I love you. It’s just like the first time. I see you and it hits me. Only now, unlike the first time, I realize how incredibly lucky I am to have you. 

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I know we say I love you a lot. In the morning when we wake up, on our way out the door, sometimes when we say goodbye over the phone. We say I love you when something bad happens and we want to let the other person know I’m here for you, we say I love you when one of the kids does something cute or ridiculous. Sometimes, I know, we say I love you when we’re really annoyed with each other. Sometimes we say it after a fight. Other times we say it after making love. We say I love you a lot. I value each and every I love you. They are three little words said so many times and so many different ways and they all add up to a story of our love together and what it means. I wanted to add one more I love you to the bunch, an I love you to let you know that I’m paying attention. When I say I love you and you say I love you too it still means so much to me. It’s such a part of our every days lives, but I’ll never take it for granted. I love you.

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“Now, I’m not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realise that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time you left the room that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. I knew it was hopeless, but that didn’t matter to me. And it’s not that I want to have you. All I want is to deserve you. Tell me what to do. Show me how to behave. I’ll do anything you say.” – Choderlos de Laclos, Dangerous Liasons

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They say that soulmates are two souls that used to be one being. That these beings were separated and that as they roam this earth they always feel the lack of each other, the empty spot inside of them, until the moment they meet again. Then they instantly know that they’ve met their soulmate. Then they connect and are made whole again. There’s no doubt in my mind that my soul is connected to yours. With you I feel a peace, a wholeness, I didn’t know was even possible.

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To know you is to love you. The moment I saw you I had a feeling, but I didn’t know, couldn’t have known, how special you were until we talked and I got to know you. Until you made me laugh, smile, frustrated, nervous, all of it. You challenge me in all the right ways. You make me a better man, a stronger person, and so much more than I could have ever hoped to be alone. It’s been amazing growing together in our love but also growing together as individuals. I look at you and I’m amazed at the woman you’ve become. A wife, a mother, an intelligent woman, a loving friend, a talented professional. You are so much to me and so much to the people around you. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t give thanks for all that you are and all that you do.

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A love paragraph from D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover: All hopes of eternity and all gain from the past he would have given to have her there, to be wrapped warm with him in one blanket, and sleep, only sleep. It seemed the sleep with the woman in his arms was the only necessity.

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“He simply felt that if he could carry away the vision of the spot of earth she walked on, and the way the sky and sea enclosed it, the rest of the world might seem less empty.”

– Edith Wharton, Age of Innocence

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Before I met you, all my relationships always seemed so hard.  They were something I had to work at and it felt forced. With you everything is so easy. Loving you comes so naturally, and it has from the very beginning. It’s as if I looked up and there you were: This amazing woman. And then there it was: This amazing love I have for you. It’s been the greatest surprise of my life.

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“When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are to become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No … don’t blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? But it is!”

Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin  

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We’ve been through so much you and I. We’ve had our ups and downs, moments where I thought we were in real trouble. But we’ve come through them all and we are so much stronger now. Stronger in our love, in our relationship, and in ourselves. I know whatever life throws our way (and I know we’re not done yet) we’ll be ready to meet it head on, together. As long as we’re together, there’s nothing we can’t face. I am so in love with you. I’m so happy to have been on this journey together.

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If something ever happens, and we’re not together, I want you to know that you are brave, strong, intelligent, passionate, caring, and generous. You give so much to everyone around you and I know there are times when you feel like you’re less than you are—not strong enough or not kind enough—but you are so much more than you know. You inspire me each and every day.

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I know I don’t always say the right thing. Sometimes I’m quiet and don’t say anything at all. I don’t always help out as much as I should or show up on time. I’m a work on progress I know. But thanks to you, I have something to work towards. Having someone in my life who I care about, love, and cherish has given me so much. I wish I could say the right thing for you, and I wish that I had those right, perfect words that would help you understand just what you mean to me. All I can say is that I love you and I will go on loving you. If I get nothing else right in my life, loving you is the one thing I will get right. 

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You have a gift, a gift for a language that no one understands. It’s as if you’re a translator, someone who knows the silent language of my heart’s longing. You know and understand what I need in a way nobody else can. You recognize what I’m feeling when even I have a hard time recognizing what it is I’m going through or what it is I need. You’re love, patience, and care has allowed me to grow. I feel so full of my love for you. It’s as if my heart has expanded to let it all in, as if my world’s grown bigger so it can make room for all the good that’s come to me through you.

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A love paragraph from Cormac McCarthy in The Road: Lying under such a myriad of stars. The sea’s black horizon. He rose and walked out and stood barefoot in the sand and watched the pale surf appear all down the shore and roll and crash and darken again. When he went back to the fire he knelt and smoothed her hair as she slept and he said if he were God he would have made the world just so and no different.

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“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.”

― Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

Megan Murray

Editor-in-Chief of The Date Mix

Megan Murray is the Editor-in-Chief of The Date Mix and works at the online dating site and app Zoosk, that has over 40 million members worldwide. She splits her time between writing for The Date Mix and working on the Zoosk product, which gives her behind-the-scenes knowledge about the world of online dating.

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