North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
“All this gladness in life, all honest pride in doing my work in the world, all this keen sense of being, I owe to her!” And it doubles the gladness, it makes the pride glow, it sharpens the sense of existence till I hardly know if it is pain or pleasure, to think that I owe it to one – nay, you must, you shall hear” – said he, stepping forwards with stern determination – “to one whom I love, as I do not believe man ever loved woman before.”
Give this book a chance if you love Jane Austen and want an adventure with it. It is truly one of my favorites read in my later years.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”
To anyone who hasn’t read or seen “David Copperfield”, take the advice of a smart, smart man who will be a god in any woman’s eyes.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
“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.”
To anyone who hasn’t read or seen “The Notebook”, take the advice of a smart, smart man who will be a god in any woman’s eyes.
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
“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.”
by Edmond Rostand
“She is a mortal danger to all men. She is beautiful without knowing it, and possesses charms that she’s not even aware of. She is like a trap set by nature – a sweet perfumed rose in whose petals Cupid lurks in ambush! Anyone who has seen her smile has known perfection. She instills grace in every common thing and divinity in every careless gesture. Venus in her shell was never so lovely, and Diana in the forest never so graceful as my Lady when she strides through Paris!”
“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.”
Persuasion by Austen
“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” -Gone With the Wind
This is for the ladies, and advice to be taken by the men. Trust me, it works. My man believes in this and that was before I learned of Mr. Butler. P.S. This book to movie was made way, way before my time but my mother drools at the sight of him. It’s the moves he makes that count.
Oh! and today is my birthday. So this post is in honor of my wonderful mom!
Ode to love advice…well, really just a reminder that love is activated in mysterious ways but it happens nonetheless.
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice