Welcome to Amazing Words Wednesday, the day we enter the labyrinth of language. It’s too bad that some of our favorite authors and statesmen of the past did not have access to Twitter. I have previously looked at what tweets we might have read from Plato, Winston Churchill, Leonardo Da Vinci, Ernest Hemingway, and Mark Twain.
Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to know what Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning might have tweeted. Elizabeth and Robert exchanged 574 letters over the course of 22 months, and their expressions of love in these letters and their poems have become some of the most beloved words regarding romance.
You might want to use some of their words to impress your sweetheart tomorrow and beyond. Without further ado, here are 20 quotes from the Brownings, in 140 characters or less:
- O Lyric Love, half-angel and half-bird, and all a wonder and a wild desire. – Robert
- I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. – Elizabeth
- Take away love and our earth is a tomb. – Robert
- Who so loves believes the impossible. – Elizabeth
- Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. – Robert
- How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. – Elizabeth
- Love is the energy of life. – Robert
- What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes. – Elizabeth
- So, fall asleep love, loved by me. – Robert
- I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. – Elizabeth
- What of soul was left, I wonder, when the kissing had to stop? – Robert
- First time he kissed me, he but only kissed the finger of this hand wherewith I write. – Elizabeth
- You should not take a fellow eight years old and make him swear to never kiss the girls. – Robert
- What’s the best thing in the world? . . . Love, when, so, you’re loved again. – Elizabeth
- I was made and meant to look for you and wait for you and become yours forever. – Robert
- Thou comest! all is said without a word. – Elizabeth
I am yours just as much as those flowers; and you may pluck flowers to pieces or put them in your breast. – Robert
- But love me for love’s sake, that evermore thou may’st love on, through love’s eternity. – Elizabeth
- How will the love my heart is full of for you, let me be silent? – Robert
- I love you wholly and forever–how shall the charm ever break? – Robert
What are some of your favorites from the above? Have you ever written or received a love letter or poem for your sweetheart? What line or lines can you share?