With the help of some famous historical lovers, we've compiled a selection of fresh and heart felt ideas to help you write a true love letter that comes from the heart.  Here are some quotes from famous love letters from Ludwig van Beethoven to Nelson Mandela.

  1. "I dust [your photo] carefully every morning, for to do so gives me the pleasant feeling that I'm caressing you as in the old days. I even touch your nose with mine to recapture the electric current that used to flush through my blood whenever I did so." 
    Nelson Mandela to his wife, Winnie
  2. "What cannot letters inspire? They have souls; they can speak; they have in them all that force which expresses the transports of the heart...."
    Héloïse to Abelard
  3. If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.  A.A.Milne
  4. "All my thoughts-all passions seem now merged in that one consuming desire-the mere wish to make you comprehend-to make you see that for which there is no human voice-the unutterable fervor of my love for you."
    Edgar Allan Poe
  5. "Out of the depths of my happy heart wells a great tide of love and prayer for this priceless treasure that is confided to my lifelong keeping. You cannot see its waves as they flow toward you, darling, but in these lines you will hear...the distant beating of its surf."
    Mark Twain to Olivia Langdon
  6. "My angel, my all, my own self - only a few words today....Can our love persist otherwise than through sacrifices, than by not demanding everything?....My bosom is full, to tell you much - there are moments when I find that speech is nothing at all. Brighten up - remain my true and only treasure, my all, as I to you..."
    From Ludwig van Beethoven to an unidentified Immortal Beloved
  7. "Mio dulce amor, accept a thousand kisses, but give me none, for they fire my blood."
    Napoleon Bonaparte
  8. My dear Girl, I love you ever and ever without reserve. The more I have known you the more I have lov'd. In every way,-even when my jealousies have been agonies of Love; in the hottest fit I ever had, I would have died for you."
    John Keats
  9. "Open your life wide, and take me in forever. I will never be tired-I will never be noisy when you want to be still...nobody else will see me, but you-but that is enough-I shall not want any more."
    Emily Dickinson to an unknown recipient
  10. "Don't you think I was made for you? I feel like you had me ordered-and I was delivered to you-to be worn. I want you to wear me, like a watch-charm or a buttonhole bouquet."
    Zelda Sayre to F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. "Darling-- I love these velvet nights. I've never been able to decide whether the night was a bitter enemie or a "grand patron" --or whether I love you most in the eternal classic half-lights where it blends with day or in the full religious fan-fare of mid-night or perhaps in the lux of noon. Anyway, I love you most and you 'phoned me just because you phoned me tonight-- I walked on those telephone wires for two hours after holding your love like a parasol to balance me. My dear..."
    Zelda Fitzgerald: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
  12. "I want to do things so wild with you that I don't know how to say them." Anaïs Nin to Henry Miller

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