It’s Valentines Day and we wanted to give you something with an aww-effect, so here are some of what are considered to be the best love letters of all time. Enjoy!
When was the last time you wrote a love letter? It’s a romantic gesture that is often considered old fashioned and yet when we read some of the most famous love letters ever written it makes us feel like we’re missing out.
A recent study showed that 53 per cent of people find it difficult to put their romantic feelings into writing. But what about famous romantics today? Are there any poets, musicians or celebs who can make our hearts beat a bit faster using their ability to craft the perfect romanic verse? Ed Sheeran has been voted today’s most romanic wordsmith but can he really compete with Johnny Cash?
Here are extracts from the top 10 most romantic love letters ever:
1. Johnny Cash to June Carter (1994)
‘We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each othere a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.’
2. Winston Churchill to Clementine Churchill (1935)
‘My darling Clemmie, in your letter from Madras you wrote some words very dear to me, about having enriched your life. I cannot tell you what pleasure this gave me, because I always feel so overwhelmingly in your debt, if there can be accounts in love.’
3. John Keats to Fanny Brawne (1819)
‘I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me.’
4. Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich (1951)
‘I can’t say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home.’
5. Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine de Beauharnais (1796)
‘Since I left you, I have been constantly depressed. My happiness is to be near you. Incessantly I live over in my memory your caresses, your tears, your affectionate solicitude. The charms of the incomparable Josephine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart.’
always feel so overwhelmingly in your debt, if there can be accounts in love – Winston Churchill
6. Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor (1964)
‘My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you. You don’t realize of course, E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.’
You don’t realize how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been – Richard Burton
7. King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (1527)
‘I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us. Necessity compels me to obtain this answer, having been more than a year wounded by the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail or find a place in your affection.’
No written words can adequately express our deep, deep love – President Gerald Ford
8. Beethoven to His ‘Immortal Beloved’ (1812)
‘Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm–love me–today–yesterday–what tearful longings for you–you–you–my life–my all–farewell. Oh continue to love me–never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.’
9. President Gerald Ford to Betty Ford (1974)
‘No written words can adequately express our deep, deep love. We know how great you are and we, the children and Dad, will try to be as strong as you. Our Faith in you and God will sustain us. Our total love for you is everlasting.’
10. Jimi Hendrix to unknown girlfriend (unknown date)
‘Happiness is within you….
so unlock the chains from your heart and let yourself grow like the sweet flower you are…..
I know the answer—
Just spread your wings and set yourself.
Which one’s your favourite? Tell us in the comments!