The Most Romantic Love Letters Ever Written

Love Letters

In today’s digital age, romance is all memes and gifs so it’s hard to believe there was a time when writing a love letter was the most chivalrous way to win someone over. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and here in the One4all HQ we’ve been looking for inspiration on what to scrawl inside our cards and have turned to masters of words like Ernest Hemingway, Frida Kahlo and Johnny Cash.

Here’s a masterclass in how to say ‘I love you’ from the most romantic love letters ever written.  

1. Johnny Cash in a letter to June Carter in 1994

‘Happy Birthday Princess, we get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each other’s minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each 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. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for me existence. I love you very much.’

2. Napoleon Bonaparte sends his love to Joséphine de Beauharnais in 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 Joséphine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart. When, free from all solicitude, all harassing care, shall I be able to pass all my time with you, having only to love you, and to think only of the happiness of so saying, and of proving it to you?’

3. Winston Churchill in a letter to his wife Clementine Churchill in 1935

‘Time passes swiftly but is it not joyous to see how great and growing is the treasure we have gathered together, amid the storms and stresses of so many eventful and, to millions, tragic and terrible years.’

4. Ernest Hemingway professes his love to Marlene Dietrich in 1951

‘I can’t say how every time I ever put my arms around you, I felt that I was home. Nor too many things. But we were always cheerful and jokers together.’  

5. Frida Kahlo in a letter to her husband Diego Rivera

‘Nothing compares to your hands, nothing like the green-gold of your eyes. My body is filled with you for days and days. You are the mirror of the night. The violent flash of lightning. The dampness of the earth. The hollow of your armpits is my shelter. My fingers touch your blood. All my joy is to feel life spring from your flower-fountain that mine keeps to feel all the paths of my nerves which are yours.’

6. George H. Bush envisions his future with wife Barbara Bush

‘This should be a very easy letter to write – words should come easily and in short it should be simple for me to tell you how desperately happy I was to open the paper and see the announcement of our engagement, but somehow I can’t possibly say all in a letter I should like to. I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours some day. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you…’

7. Richard Burton tells Elizabeth Taylor of her beauty in 1964

‘You don’t realise of course, E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.’

8. John Keats tells next door neighbour Fanny Brawne he cannot live without her in 1819

‘My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of everything but seeing you again.’

9. Oscar Wilde in a letter to Lord Alfred Douglas

‘Everyone is furious with me for going back to you, but they don’t understand us. I feel that it is only with you that I can do anything at all. Do remake my ruined life for me, and then our friendship and love will have a different meaning to the world. I wish that when we met at Rouen we had not parted at all. There are such wide abysses now of space and land between us. But we love each other.’

10. Beethoven to his ‘Immortal Beloved’, whose identity remains a mystery

‘Love demands everything and that very justly – thus it is to me with you, and you with me.’

11. King Henry VIII expresses his love for Anne Boleyn in 1527

‘I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us.’

12. Ronald Reagan expresses his undying love for wife Nancy Reagan in 1972

‘The important thing is I don’t want to be without you for the next 20 years, or 40, or however many there are. I’ve gotten very used to being happy and I love you very much indeed.’

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