What’s “Love” Got to Do with It?

It was fun last month to take a look at our favorite romance movies and some of the greatest lines from them. After all, I breathe “romance” novels. They are my favorite escape genre. So, tell me what you think of these tidbits:

The truth is… I gave my heart away a long time ago, my whole heart… and I never really got it back.
– Reese Witherspoon as Melanie Smooter, Sweet Home Alabama

Rose: I love you, Jack.
Jack: Don’t you do that! Don’t you say your good-byes. Not yet! Do you understand me?
Rose: I’m so cold.
Jack: Listen, Rose. You’re gonna get out of here. You’re gonna go on and you’re gonna make lots of babies, and you’re gonna watch them grow. You’re gonna die an old… an old lady warm in her bed. Not here, not this night! Not like this, do you understand me?
Rose: I can’t feel my body.
Jack: Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me. It brought me to you. And I’m thankful for that, Rose. I’m thankful. You must do me this honor. Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.
Rose: I promise.
Jack: Never let go.
Rose: I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go. – Leonardo DeCaprio (Jack) and Kate Winslet (Rose) in Titanic

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“I love you. You’re my only reason to stay alive… if that’s what I am.”
—Edward (Robert Pattinson) to Bella (Kristen Stewart) in The Twilight Saga: New Moon


“What I really want to do with my life — what I want to do for a living — is I want to be with your daughter. I’m good at it.”
—Lloyd (John Cusack) to his girlfriend Diane’s (Ione Skye) dad (John Mahoney) in Say Anything 

MV5BMTkwMDIwNzI0Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDU1MjEyMDE@._V1_SX214_I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are. – Colin Firth as Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones’ Diary

It seems right now that all I’ve ever done in my life is making my way here to you. – Clint Eastwood as Robert Kincaid in The Bridges of Madison County

“I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.” – Nicholas Cage as the angel Seth in City of Angels

I have dreamed that arms are love
I have dreamed what a joy you’ll be
I have dreamed every word you whisper
When your close
Close to me
How you look in the glow of evening
I have dreamed and enjoyed the view
In these dreams I’ve loved you so
That by now I think I know
What it’s like to be loved by you
I will love being loved by you – Lun Tha (lyrics from “I Have Dreamed” from The King and I

Robbie, look at me, come back, come back to me. – Keira Knightley as Cecilia Tallis in Atonement

I love you without knowing how, why, or even from where. I love you straight forward, without complexities or pride. So close that your hand on my chest is my hand. So close that when you close your eyes, I fall asleep. – Robin Williams as Patch Adams in the movie by the same name

May I ask your name, my lady? Or perhaps angels have no names, only beautiful faces. – Heath Ledger as William Thatcher in A Knight’s Tale

 “Ehm, look. Sorry, sorry. I just, ehm, well, this is a very stupid question and… particularly in view of our recent shopping excursion, but I just wondered, by any chance, ehm, eh, I mean obviously not because I guess I’ve only slept with 9 people, but-but I-I just wondered… ehh. I really feel, ehh, in short, to recap it slightly in a clearer version, eh, the words of David Cassidy in fact, eh, while he was still with the Partridge family, eh, “I think I love you,” and eh, I… I just wondered by any chance you wouldn’t like to… Eh… Eh… No, no, no of course not… I’m an idiot, he’s not… Excellent, excellent, fantastic, eh, I was gonna say lovely to see you, sorry to disturb… Better get on…”
—Charles (Hugh Grant) to Carrie (Andie MacDowell) in Four Weddings and a Funeral

Love cannot be found where it doesn’t exist, nor can it be hidden where it truly does.
– David Schwimmer as Max Abbitt, in the movie Kissing a Fool

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. – Ryan Gosling as Noah in The Notebook


I remember once when I was young and I was coming back from some place—a movie or something—I was on a subway. And there was a girl sitting across from me and she was wearing this dress that was bottoned clear up right to here. She was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. And I was shy then, so when she would look at me I would look away. Then, afterwards, when I would look back, she would look away. Then, I got to where I was gonna get off—and got off—the doors closed, and as the train was pulling away, she looked right at me and gave me the most incredible smile. It was awful. I wanted to tear the doors open. And I went back every night, same time, for two weeks. But she never showed up. That was thirty years ago and I don’t think that there’s a day that goes by that I don’t think about her. I don’t want that to happen again. – Robert Redford as John Gage in Indecent Proposal

51367_1219254771542_500_281I love you. Most ardently. – Matthew Macfadyen as Fitzwilliam Darcy in 2005s Pride and Prejudice

Beast: I let her go.
Cogsworth: Yes, yes splendid- You what? How could you do that?
Beast: I had to.
Cogsworth: Yes, but… Why?
Beast: Because I love her. – from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

About Regina Jeffers

Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and historical romantic suspense.
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10 Responses to What’s “Love” Got to Do with It?

  1. carolcork says:

    I love the Beauty and the Beast one…so simple but so poignant. The lyrics from I Have Dreamed are so beautiful and from one of my favourite musicals.

  2. I can hear Colin Firth in my head when I read the Bridget Jones words. I adore that man!!

  3. Sharlene Wegner says:

    Great romantic quotes! Sweet Home Alabama is one of my favorite romantic comedies. And P&P, of course!

  4. junewilliams7 says:

    Oh, my….. you selected some wonderful quotes. Trying to decide which is my favorite… nope, cannot choose just one! Thank you for brightening our day.

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