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Top 50 romantic lines from literature

Losing hearts at first sight, soul-entwining partnerships that only death do part...the complexities and mysteries of romantic feelings have been considered by great poets and writers for centuries. Romantics and cynics alike will appreciate the results of these tortured souls putting pen to paper to convey the most beautiful expressions of love. From classics such as Romeo and Juliet to modern works like The Notebook, ditch anything you ever read from Mills and Boon and embrace the 50 best romantic quotes from literature...

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Compiled by Anna Pollitt. Images: Rex Features



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