15 of the Most Passionate Lines in Romance Novels

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Unfortunately, our lives are rarely as passionate as those in romantic literature.

Whether you are reading a paranormal romance or a tried-and-true classic,

the most passionate lines are often found between the pages of great books.

These lines will help you remember the reasons we are so obsessed with true love.

 

 

 

1. “When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. . . . Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. . . . For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away.”

This quote, taken from Mandolin by Louis de Bernières takes on the comparison between lust and love, showing the distinction between the two. That excitement many of us confuse for love is fleeting; love is everlasting.

2. “If all else perished and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

This Wuthering Heights character knows that her love would always carry her with him when she was gone, but she would have no idea what to do if he was to be no more. This is one line that makes Emile Bronte a classic author.

3. “A soulmate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master.”

While Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love may not be a romance in the traditional sense, it is definitely a love story. In this memoir, Gilbert falls in love not only with a man, but also the world.

4. “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.”

Again, A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh is not a romance, but this friendly type of love is so passionate that it cannot go overlooked.

5. “I have for the first time found what I can truly love – I have found you. You are my sympathy – my better self – my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you – and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is one of the first classic romances many high school students read – and for good reason. This depiction of finding your other half is well-written and passionate to the core.

6. “It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better.”

In The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James describes a love that can make you feel complete, one that leaves you truly satisfied.

7. “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”

In one of her famous journals, Anais Nin wrote not only about the passionate of consummate love, but also the passion involved in those dying sparks.

8. “You said, ‘I love you.’ Why is it that the most unoriginal thing we can say to one another is still the thing we long to hear? ‘I love you’ is always a quotation. You did not say it first and neither did I, yet when you say it and when I say it we speak like savages who have found three words and worship them.”

Jeannette Winterson talks about that “new” feeling of falling in love in Written on the Body. That feeling, as if you are the first person in the world to feel such raw passion, is amazing.

9. “The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.”

Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things speaks passionately of intimacy and that feeling of being connected to another person in such a way that you are hyper-focused on every single movement.

10. “He was now in that state of fire that she loved. She wanted to be burnt.”

Anais Nin’s erotic tale, Delta of Venus, depicts a passionate scene in which a woman is so enamored by her lover that she cannot contain her excitement.

11. “I love people. Everybody. I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection. Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me. My love’s not impersonal yet not wholly subjective either. I would like to be everyone, a cripple, a dying man, a whore, and then come back to write about my thoughts, my emotions, as that person. But I am not omniscient. I have to live my life, and it is the only one I’ll ever have.”

Reading some parts of Sylvia Plath’s Unabridged Journals makes you feel as if you are reading an ode to life. She is passionate about many things, and the mysterious lives of others are among the things she speaks freely of.

12. “I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.”

When Ian McEwan’s Atonement became a movie in 2007, people were shocked by the twist ending. Fortunately, the novel gives us some sweetly passionate lines about love.

13. “She is all the great heroines of the world in one. She is more than an individual. I love her, and I must make her love me. I want to make Romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain. ”

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is a depiction of a man exploring sensuality for the first time. In these lines, we catch a glimpse of his exhilarating adoration.

14. “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.”

As the Elizabethan king of romance, Shakespeare knew how to light a fire. In these lines, he describes a love so overwhelming that he cannot see anything beyond it.

15. “He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.”

Leo Tolstoy wrote about an intimacy that only somebody with real passion would be able to explain – that feeling of truly being one with another human being.

Passion is subjective; however, there is no arguing that these quotes offer a glimpse of romance so overwhelming that the character can no longer contain it.

7 of The Most Inspirational Lines J.R.R. Tolkien Ever Wrote

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J.R.R. Tolkien inspired millions of people around the globe

with his epic fantasy series The Lord of the Rings and it’s prequel The Hobbit,

spawning some of the most iconic movies ever made and a fandom that stretches across the globe.

Despite his masterpiece being set in the world of fantasy J.R.R. Tolkien used it to preach some valuable life lessons and inspire millions of people.

Here are seven of his most inspirational lines to brighten your day…

 

 

 

1. ‘Not all those who wander are lost.’—J.R.R. Tolkien

Sometimes it may feel like we’re wandering aimlessly through the dark but in those times remember it’s only a passing phase. Sometimes we all need to get a little lost, we all need to be a little faithless, and it will ultimately help us discover where and who we’re meant to be.

 

2. ‘Where there’s life there’s hope.’ – Samwise Gamgee

As long as we’re still breathing there’s always hope that things will get better. Don’t despair just because things aren’t going right for you right now – there’s always tomorrow.

 

3. ‘It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered, full of darkness and danger they were. Sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when there’s so much bad that had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing, this shadow; even darkness must pass.’–Samwise Gamgee

Even on the darkest days, those days where there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, keep pushing forward. Remember that no story is over until you’ve reached the happy ending.

 

  1. ‘Even the smallest person can change the course of history.’–Lady Galadriel

If two hobbits can save all of Middle Earth then that should surely be inspiration enough to get you through the day. It need not matter your size or circumstances, if you believe you can do something then there’s no stopping you. A little self-belief can get you anywhere.

 

5. ‘If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.’–Thorin Oakenshield

Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what matters, especially in our 21st century world, but if more of us thought like Thorin the world would surely be a happier place. This is a message we should all try to live by.

 

6. ‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’ — Gandalf

It may seem like we have a million choices to make, a thousand paths before us, but in the end it all comes down to one. One choice. One path. One life. We ought to decide early on how we wish to live and from then on our every breath should push us towards our goal, each day should be an accomplishment and we should value our time.

 

7. ‘A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.’ — J.R.R. Tolkien

And last but not least comes this gem of a quote, reminding us of the power of believing, hope, and  of having a dream. No matter your circumstances, no matter what the world is like around you, if you have a dream and you believe in something better then there’s no holding you back. So long as you hold your dream tight then no one can take it from you. And, if at the end of your days you find you haven’t achieved your dream at least you’ll be able to look back and say you tried and you didn’t confine yourself within the constraints of society.


Question of the Day:

What’s your favorite quote from J.R.R. Tolkien?

Let us know in the comments below!


30 Funny Words With Almost Serious Meanings

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No doubt we’ve all come across a word at some point which has forced us to crack a smile,

either because of the sheer hilarity of the word at hand or the odd meaning that comes with it.

The English language is full of oddly pronounced words,

words that twist your tongue and words with meanings that don’t seem to match their pronunciation.

It truly is a fascinating subject.

That said, here are 30 words which are funny to pronounce but which come with some (almost) serious meanings.

 

1. Discombobulate: to confuse or frustrate someone.

She was looking a little discombobulated as Jack spoke to her.

 

2. Logorrhoea: excessive use of words.

Sally’s friends constantly suffered from her logorrhoea.

 

3. Flibbertigibbet: nonsense.

“Flibbertigibbet! The grass is green, not blue.” Norman exclaimed.

 

4. Bumbershoot: an umbrella.

“It’s going to rain. Have you seen my bumbershoot?” Roy said.

 

5. Taradiddle: a small, seemingly meaningless lie.

Telling her she was wearing a nice dress was only a taradiddle.

 

6. Gonzo: extreme or far-out journalism.

The man had a gonzo approach to journalism.

 

7. Tatterdemalion: to be raggedly dressed and unkempt.

The woman sighed at her husband’s tatterdemalion appearance.

 

8. Gobemouche: an extremely gullible person.

“Did you know they’ve taken ‘gullible’ out of the dictionary?

 

9. Fatuous: to be unconsciously foolish.

Tom was always fatuous and as a result he talked a lot of flibbertigibbet.

 

10. Collywobbles: cramps or other intestinal disturbances; also a feeling of nervousness about something.

Linda needed to leave work early because she was having terrible collywobbles.

 

11. Mumpsimus: an outdated or unreasonable position on an issue.

Susan stood her ground, even though she knew her opinion was mumpsimus.

 

12. Donnybrook: an argument, fight or heated public dispute.

Kath and Mike had a donnybrook in the middle of the street which drew a lot of attention.

 

13. Argle-bargle: a loud row or argument.

James could hear an argle-bargle coming from the other room.

 

14. Nosegay: a small bunch of flowers.

Julia received a nosegay for her birthday.

 

15. Bespangle: to cover or adorn with spangles.

Lizzy loved to bespangle her possessions.

 

16. Troglodyte: someone or something that lives in a cave.

The bat is a well known troglodyte.

 

17. Hornswoggle: to cheat, swindle, or otherwise deceive.

Daniel hornswoggled his way to fame and fortune.

 

18. Defunct: no longer living; extinct; no longer operative or valid.

The dinosaurs became defunct millions of years ago.

 

19. Bumfuzzle: confuse, fluster, perplex.

Tim was trying his best to not to bumfuzzle Jake with his explanation of history.

 

20. Lollygag: to dawdle or spend time aimlessly.

Andy began to lollygag which made Sarah think they were going to be late.

 

21. Wabbit: to be exhausted, tired, worn out.

Ben was feeling a bit wabbit after his long day at work.

 

22. Gadzooks: used to exclaim surprise or annoyance, a minor curse.

“Gadzooks! You surprised me!

 

23. Smellfungus: a perpetual pessimist.

Josie was a smellfungus is there ever was one.

 

24. Turophile: a connoisseur or lover of cheese.

Tyler wanted to make a living out of being a turophile.

 

25. Goombah: an older friend who protects you.

Gandalf was Frodo’s goombah.

 

26. Fard: face-paint, makeup.

Sammy’s face was covered in fard.

 

27. Frippery: pretentious, showy.

Richard was a frippery sort of man.

 

28. Harum-scarum: lacking a sense of responsibility; reckless.

Jackie constantly acted in a harum-scarum manner.

 

29. Kibitzer: to offer unwanted, usually meddlesome advice to others.

Alice would often kibitzer, something which cause a lot of trouble.

 

30. Mellifluous: flowing with sweetness; Smooth and sweet.

The music was mellifluous to Mel’s ears.

25 Words You Won’t Believe Exist

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The English language is a funny thing, but so are all the other languages for that matter. We have no shortage of words (some of them more sensical than others) and in our lives we only manage to learn a small portion of them.

There are words to describe just about every situation or feeling known to man as well as every object, every colour and every action. There are words you’d never even think existed, words which hardly seem necessary and words which are too funny to even pronounce properly.

That said, here are 25 words you won’t believe exist…

 

1. Wenis: the flap of skin that hangs just below your elbow.

Yes, believe it or not wenis wasn’t just a word they made up for ‘Friends’.

 

2. Pogonotrophy: the process of growing a beard.

This is definitely a word they should teach in puberty classes.

 

3. Vaccimulgence: the milking of cows.

Because saying ‘I’m milking the cow’ is too difficult…

 

4. Mundungus: stinky tobacco.

Surely this should make us wonder about Mundungus Fletcher in Harry Potter?

 

5. Factotum: employee or assistant who does just about everything.

This could be a useful word in many a workplace…

 

6. Xiphoid: shaped like a sword.

Well, this is a shape they didn’t teach us in school…

 

7. Collop: a slice of meat or fold of flab.

Try asking for a ‘collop of pork’ the next time you’re in the butchers.

 

8. Batrachomyomachy: making a mountain out of a molehill.

In this case the definition and the word seem to match up. Saying ‘batrachomyomachy’ is definitely like climbing a mountain.

 

9. Snollygoster: a shrewd, unprincipled person.

Somehow I can’t see this word catching on in the criminal world.

 

10. Crapulence: discomfort from eating or drinking too much.

The seemingly less polite way to say ‘I’m full’.

 

11. Turdiform: having the form or structure of a thrush (type of bird).

Can anyone think of a situation where they’d need this word?

 

12. Omphaloskepsis: contemplation of one’s navel.

Yes, it turns out there is an odd need for this word…

 

13. Pandiculation: a full body stretch.

No doubt we all experience this most mornings.

 

14. Jactation: restless tossing of the body.

A suitable description for how we act on those nights we can’t sleep?

 

15. Yahoo: a rube, a country bumpkin.

Is this where the search engine got its name?

 

16. Gastromancy: telling fortune from the rumblings of the stomach.

Believe it or not people actually do this. No doubt your fortune will be ‘You’re hungry,’.

 

17. Abibliophobia: the fear of running out of reading material.

This seems appropriate for a lot of book lovers out there.

 

18. Squabash: to crush with criticism.

As if crushing someone with criticism wasn’t bad enough, now there’s a name for it.

 

19. Boondoggle: an unnecessary activity or wasteful expenditure.

So this is what we do when we’re meant to be working…

 

20. Cruciverbalism: the act of solving or creating a crossword puzzle.

This would no doubt make a good crossword answer.

 

21. Lagopodous: like a rabbit’s foot.

I’m struggling to think of when you might use this word…

 

22. Jabberwocky: nonsensical speech, writing, or a made-up language.

This is the perfect word to describe how children communicate in their early years – and to think, you probably through Lewis Carroll had made it up!

 

23. Gardyloo: a warning shouted before throwing water from above.

Perfect for a water balloon fight!

 

24. Callipygian: having an attractive rear end.

I’m not sure many women would take this as a compliment if they heard it.

 

25. Gongoozle: to stare at.

As if ‘staring’ wasn’t descriptive enough.

 

9 Quotes That’ll Make You Feel Instantly Nostalgic for Childhood

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1.“Some things can only be understood when you’re in a tree house. With a pile of warm chocolate chip cookies.  And a book.” -Dr. SunWolf

I can smell the cookies now. A tree house is the ultimate haven for a child. There were no rules, no chores, and no parents. When you had a good book with you, it was like you were transported to a whole other world. It’s nice to remember how little it took to feel content and happy when you were a kid. We could all learn a little something from that.

 

2. “…I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.” -Neil Gaiman

Children can always find joy in the small things: catching fireflies, building blanket forts, swinging so high on the swing that it feels like you’re flying. It doesn’t take much for a kid to be thoroughly satisfied with life.  I must admit, getting on a swing as an adult really is just as fun now. Try it.

 

3. “There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” -Elizabeth Lawrence

It’s true, it’s like your senses are more in tune when you’re a kid. Or maybe kids just slow down long enough to notice things. Whenever I smell fresh cut grass, I feel like a kid again. It reminds me of spending an entire day outside, playing, hiding, running around, jumping through sprinklers – fresh cut grass meant fun.

 

4. “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” -Marcel Proust

A good book is like an old friend. When you’re young, you get especially attached to the characters and the story. It was hard to leave the story once the book ended, because it became a part of you and felt so real. In fact, sometimes I still find it hard to believe that Hogwarts isn’t out there somewhere.

 

5. “Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.” -Steve Almond

Sure the trick-or-treating part was fun, but the best part was running home and pouring your candy out all over your bedroom floor. I can still hear the sound of it as it hits the carpet. All that candy, all of it for me. It was almost too much to handle.

 

6. “Whatever our bedtime was as kids, we could stay up an extra half hour if we were reading. My parents didn’t care as long as I was under the spell of a Stephen King or a Douglas Adams.” -Nathan Fillion

One thing we certainly don’t get anymore, is a bedtime story. If you were lucky, your parents did the voices of each character differently. This ritual is how most children first fall in love with books. It was the best way to end the day, drifting off to sleep while hearing the stories of Charlotte’s Web, or The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

 

7. “Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do.” 

-Jean de la Bruyere

When we were kids, taxes and healthcare and paying the bills didn’t even exist to us. We lived in the present because we didn’t have a care in the world. I don’t think there’s any way to hold on to that once adulthood hits, but that feeling of no regrets, or anxiety or worry was incredible while it lasted.

 

8. “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?” -J. B. Priestley

Most importantly for a kid, the first fall of snow meant the beginning of the season of snow days. The best days of the year. When school was cancelled, and your only responsibility was to play outside for as long as you could possibly stand the cold. Then sip hot cocoa in front of the fire to warm up, before running back outside and doing it all over again.

 

9. “Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.”  -Deb Caletti

Summer meant swimming pools, popsicles, camping, lemonade, riding bikes, and most importantly… no school. When that last bell rang marking the end of the school year, we were truly free. There’s nothing like that invincible feeling of busting out the school doors on the last day. In summer, anything was possible.
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Question of the Day:

What quotes make you feel nostalgic for your childhood?

Let us know in the comments below!


21 Traits of an Awakening Soul

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You can say its because of a global shift in consciousness, a destiny we have arrived at due to spiritual evolution, or the outcome of strange times, but, many people all across the globe are going through intense personal changes and sensing an expansion of consciousness. Personal changes of this magnitude can be difficult to recognize and to understand, but here are 21 traits of an awakening soul, a ‘sensitive’, or an ‘empath.’
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