If you’re searching for the perfect way to say ‘you’re special’ this Valentine’s Day, quote a great and say it in style.
It’s no secret that we earthlings are quote-mad. The recital and sharing of great (and not so great) quotes is a phenomenon that inspires great chunks of the Internet to its wisdom. It makes sense. A well-put phrase based on experience, understanding (an articulated by an artist) reminds us that we are all in this together. Quotes can inspire, lift us up when we are down and give us the perfect words to say ‘I love you’.
Why somebody else's words are better than yours
We all know the frustration of being lost for words. You have it on the tip of your tongue, you feel what you want to say but when you try to get it out it sounds just plain wrong.
And then you read something in a book, hear a song, or chance upon a phrase on a wall of a public toilet (a never-ending source of eternal wisdom) – and it hits you. That’s exactly what you were thinking.
An untalented poet can feel a bit left out on Valentine’s Day. Maybe words just aren’t your bag, or maybe you’re a bit shy. Maybe ‘whoever’ just said it better.
Ours is the age of the art of remixing. Take that quote, mean it, share it ,and pass it on. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Tips and tricks to find the right quote for your Valentine
Avoid the temptation to type in ‘Valentines Day quotes’ into Google. While great quotes are circulated for a reason, using a generic saying ‘just because’ can feel a bit lacklustre. Instead, think about a writer, artist, director, or philosopher you admire and search for their wisdom on the subject. If a quote really speaks to you, it will speak to your Valentine, too.
Best Valentine’s Day quotes
Here are our faves to help you get the ball rolling:
"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." - Aristotle
"Where there is love there is life." - Mahatma Gandhi
“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” - Khalil Gibran
“When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise.” - William Makepeace Thackeray
“I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.” William Blake
“To love abundantly is to live abundantly and to love forever is to live forever.” - Henry Drummond
“Would you be in any way offended if I said that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection?” Oscar Wilde
“I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.” W. H. Auden
"I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!" Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Romantic Poems for Valentine's Day
"i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)" - e.e. cummings. Will a romantic quote not do? How about one of the most romantic poems in literature?
How to give your quote as a gift
You don’t just need to stick to flowers, chocolates and cards for Valentine’s Day. When you have found your perfect message you can get creative and think of an original way to present it. Here are some ideas:
- A handwritten note on handmade paper is a personal way to say ‘I love you’.
- Collect your favourite photos of you and your Valentine together and get them made into a fold-out card, or small book. You can include your quote/s between the pages and sign off at the end with a personal sentiment.
- Mount your message onto a glass block or a metal plate to be displayed around the house.
- Have your quote printed on something your Valentine can use, like a pillowcase or a coffee cup. It’s a bit kitsch, but undeniably sweet to drink your coffee every morning out of a cup that reminds you that you’re the bee’s knees.
Best retailers for cards and stationery to present your quote on
Vistaprint is an online printing shop with a wide range of graphic designs that can be customised to include your Valentine’s Day message.
Fine Stationery creates classic and stylish stationery ready to be decorated with your loving messages.
Zazzle is a DIY printing service and graphic community that gives an easy platform to get creative and express yourself in style.
Hallmark is the classic choice for Valentine’s Day.
You can find almost anything Valentine’s related on Amazon, one of the world’s biggest online marketplaces.
DealsDirect is a leading online department store in Australia with a huge range of products including Valentine’s Day stationery.