97 of the best Valentine’s Day quotes - romantic, rude and funny

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These Valentine's Day quotes are sure to raise a laugh or smile - depending on what mood you're aiming to achieve.

Whilst the origins of Valentine's Day (opens in new tab) didn't exactly start out as romantic, time and tradition has evolved the event into the love-fest we know and celebrate today. And after you've showered them in love, affection and a sentimental gift, it's always customary to give your romantic other that all important card.

Sharing how you feel on paper can be a daunting task for many, so to take the pressure out of your penmanship we've rounded up a series of Valentine's Day quotes to inspire. More original that those customary Valentine's Day card messages and shorter than some Valentine's Day poems (opens in new tab), these quotes will help you reach just the right tone when writing your Valentine's Day card (opens in new tab).

Romantic Valentine's Day quotes

  1. "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depths and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and idea grace." - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 43
  2. "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." - A.A. Milne, Pooh's Little Instruction Book
  3. "In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." - Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice.
  4. "There are darknesses in life, and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights." - Bram Stoker, Dracula

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  1. "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." - Ian McEwan, Atonement
  2. "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." - Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
  3. "There is no pretending. I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there's life after that, I'll love you then." - Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments
  4. "We loved with a love that was more than love." - Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee
  5. "You have been the last dream of my soul." - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  6. "I would love to say that you make me weak in the knees but to be quite upfront and completely truthful you make my body forget it has knees at all." - Tyler Knott Gregson, Love Language, Chasers of the Light
  7. "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." - Maya Angelou
  8. "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." - Aristotle
  9. "The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along." - Rumi
  10. "Where there is love there is life." - Mahatma Gandhi
  11. "If you're a bird, I'm a bird." - Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
  12. "Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning." - Paulo Coelho, Aleph
  13. "When you're lucky enough to meet your one person, then life takes a turn for the best. It can't get better than that." - John Krasinski
  14. "Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain." - Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale
  15. "If I know what love is, it is because of you." - Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund
  16. "Loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, always will." - Elaine Davis
  17. "Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love." - William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  18. "…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad." - Homer, The Iliad
  19. "Having begun to love you, I love you for ever – in all changes, in all disgraces, because you are yourself." - Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  20. "Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it." - Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

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  1. "Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything." - Katharine Hepburn
  2. "Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time." - Maya Angelou
  3. "You fill my heart with gladness. Take away all my sadness. Ease my trouble, that's what you do" - Rod Stewart, Have I Told You Lately
  4. "Yes, you're lovely, with your smile so warm, and your cheeks so soft. There is nothing for me but to love you and the way you look tonight." - Frank Sinatra, The Way You Look Tonight
  5. "I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you." - Roy Croft
  6. "For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home." - Stephanie Perkins
  7. "You. You are my good days." - F.D. Soul
  8. "It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them." - Agatha Christie
  9. "Each time you happen to me all over again." - Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
  10. "I love you much most beautiful darling more than anyone on the earth and I like you better than everything in the sky." - E.E. Cummings
  11. "If you find me not within you, you will never find me. For I have been with you, from the beginning of me." - Rumi
  12. "Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet." - Plato
  13. "Forever can never be long enough for me, to feel like I've had long enough with you." - Train, Marry Me 
  14. "If you're lost, you can look and you will find me. Time after time." - Cyndi Lauper, Time after time
  15. "I could make you happy, make your dreams come true. Nothing that I wouldn't do. Go to the ends of the Earth for you. To make you feel my love." - Bob Dylan, Make You Feel My Love
  16. "All that you are is all that I’ll ever need." - Ed Sheeran, Tenerife Sea
  17. "In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight." - Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman

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Funny Valentine's Day quotes

  1. "Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed." – Albert Einstein
  2. “Valentine’s Day money-saving tip: Break up on Feb. 13. Get back together on the 15th.” —David Letterman
  3. "There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments." - Chris Rock.
  4. "Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow internet to see who they really are." - Will Ferrell
  5. "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." - Oprah Winfrey
  6. "Would I rather be feared or loved? Umm… easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." - Michael Scott, The Office
  7. "Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from." - Nora Ephron
  8. "Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place." - Billy Crystal
  9.  "Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell." – Joan Crawford
  10. "It wasn’t love at first sight. It took a full five minutes." - Lucille Ball
  11. "Remember, your Valentine’s card shows you care enough to send the very best even though you’re too lazy to put it in your own words." - Melanie White
  12. "A guy knows he’s in love when he loses interest in his car for a couple of days." - Tim Allen
  13. "A man’s main job is to protect his woman from her desire to ‘get bangs’ every other month." - Dax Shepard
  14. "Marriage is a lot like the army, everyone complains, but you’d be surprised at the large number that re-enlists." - James Garner
  15. "Love is a sweet dream and marriage is the alarm clock." - Jewish Proverb

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Rude Valentine's Day quotes

  1. "My love, you take my breath away. What have you stepped in to smell this way?" - unknown
  2. "I want to feel your sweet embrace. But don’t take that paper bag off of your face." - unknown
  3. "Love is letting the other one know when you're going for a poo." - unknown
  4. "Is that Cupid’s arrow in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?" - unknown
  5. "I like your style, I like your class, but most of all I like your ass." - unknown
  6. "I’m like butter, you can spread me anytime." - unknown
  7. "You make me feel like a unicorn – wild and horny." - unknown
  8. "Lingerie is half-off in stores today, but in my bedroom, it’s going to be 100 percent off." - unknown
  9. "Do you know the real meaning of Valentine’s Day? Well, I’m gonna show you tonight, over and over and over…" - unknown
  10. "Valentine’s Day is about to become a religious holiday, because you’re gonna be screaming, “Oh God!” all night." - unknown
  11. "Tonight, you’re going to need a safe word, and the safe word is 'be mine'." - unknown
  12. "Cards aren’t the only things that are going to be opening tonight." - unknown
  13. "Your heart isn’t the only one of your organs I want to touch tonight." - unknown
  14. "If you don’t like Valentine’s Day because it’s corny… how about, instead, we make it porn-y?" - unknown

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'Roses are Red, Violets are blue' quotes

  1. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, be my valentine? I love you!"
  2. "Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m unoriginal, this is all I can do."
  3. "Roses are red, violets are blue, let’s get together and make dreams come true."
  4. "Roses are red, violets are blue, is it hot in here? Or is it just you?"
  5. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, if I know what love is, it’s because of you."
  6. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, I had never thought of love until I met you."
  7. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, ain’t never gonna love no one more than you!"
  8. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, here’s wishing us luck in everything that we do."
  9. "Roses are red, violets are blue, wine costs less than a dinner for two."
  10. "Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m heading to bed. Would you like to join too?"
  11. "Roses are red, violets are blue, I never knew love until I found you!"
  12. "Roses are red, violets are blue, you know I've got my eyes on you!"
  13. "Roses are red, violets are blue, I want to kiss your lips the whole night through."
  14. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, the first time I saw you, my heart knew."

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  1. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, I am obsessed, and I’m stalking you!"
  2. "Roses are red, violets are blue, and I’ll never be blue while I have you."
  3. "Roses are red violets are blue, I hate poetry but I’m into you."
  4. "Roses are red, Violets are blue my heart skips a beat when I’m laying next to you."
  5. "Roses are red Violets are blue…Stars are beautiful to look at and shine just like you."
  6. "Roses are red, violets are blue, may I have this dance with you?"
  7. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, you’re a man, I’m a woman, you know what to do!"
  8. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, you snore like a bear, but I’m still into you."
  9. "Roses are red, violets are blue, I want to spend the rest of the night making love to you."
  10. "Roses are red, violets are blue, let’s order pizza, so I can chill and watch Netflix with you."
  11. "Roses are red, violets are blue, my coffee is bitter, just like you."
  12. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, hello my future husband, I am madly in love with you!"
  13. "Roses are red, Violets are blue, every passing day, I am falling even more in love with you."

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