14 February 2020 02:37
Finding yourself drawing a blank? Look no further! (Picture: Getty) Whether you love or loathe it, Valentine's Day is nearly upon us. And regardless of how you feel about the day, who doesn't like getting a card? (or present, for that matter) Choosing the card can be hard enough but the real daunting task is what to write inside of it.
Y'know the message that's supposed to convey your feelings for your partner in a meagre few lines? There's a thin line between romantic and soppy, but luckily we're here to help you tread it, with a selection of romantic poems, quotes and messages to get you started. Poems, quotes and messages to write in Valentine's cards Sweeten your valentine with these messages (Image: Jamie Grill Provider: Getty Images/Tetra images) Valentine's Day quotes 'When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew' – William Shakespeare 'I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, then all at once' – John Green 'Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!' – Moulin Rouge '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 'I've always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.' – Leo Tolstoy 'Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same' – Emily Bronte Sometimes simple messages are the best (Picture: Getty) 'The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.' – Margaret Atwood 'You be the anchor that keeps my feet on the ground. I'll be the wings that keep your heart in the clouds' – Mayday Parade 'I hope you don't mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you're in the world.' – Elton John 'The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.' – Helen Keller 'Love is like the wind. You can't see it, but you can feel it.' – A Walk To Remember 'The best thing to hold onto in life is each other' – Audrey Hepburn 'Because of you, I can feel myself slowly but surely becoming the me I have always dreamed of being.'– Tyler Knott Gregson You are a work of art – Morrissey Sure chocolates are good, but a thoughtful message is even better… (Picture: Getty) Perhaps you don't want to use someone else's words and you want to write your own? That's fine, but here are some lines for inspiration. Valentine's Day messages My heart is all yours. I couldn't ask for a better partner than you. 'Wishing the sweetest, happiest day to my forever Valentine.' 'Especially today, I hope you feel how much I love you and how grateful I am to have you in my life.' 'Thanks for being you. You take my breath away. love all the adventures we have together.' 'My heart is all yours. Happy Valentine's Day. Love is in the air, whether you like it or not (Picture: Getty) And if you really want to impress, what about a poem? Valentine's Day poems She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes; Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impaired the nameless grace Which waves in every raven tress, Or softly lightens o'er her face; Where thoughts serenely sweet express, How pure, how dear their dwelling-place. And on that cheek, and o'er that brow, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, The smiles that win, the tints that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent! Advertisement by Elizabeth Barrett Browning How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love with a passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. MORE: M&S unveils their 'Love Cucumber' just in time for Valentine's Day MORE: Appvoidance could ruin your chances of getting a match this Valentine's Day Advertisement Advertisement Single people may actually be better off on Valentine's Day anyway, write the philosopher Neil McArthur and the economist Marina Adshade. The compulsion to give gifts creates a version of what game theorists call a prisoner's dilemma, they contend, which inevitably leaves lovers feeling either slighted or inefficiently satisfied: "If you are single on Valentine's Day, you are only missing out on the opportunity to participate in an exercise that makes everyone involved worse off than they would have been had the holiday not existed at all." 'A cauldron of unmet expectations' Valentine's Day perpetuates a tyrannical fantasy of what love should look like, according to Deborah Carr, a professor of sociology at Boston University. "The whole holiday conspires to make people feel that they're not living up to this standard of lovely romance," she told The Washington Post in 2015. Even then, social media was already making matters worse by expanding public practices of self-performance and concealment: "No one puts up an ugly picture of themselves, or the bad gift they got from CVS." The social pressure the holiday exerts can be particularly irksome for queer people, writes Yas Necati. "It pushes society's ideal of what our relationships 'should' look like — heterosexual, monogamous, sexual, romantic," they write. "If you don't have this — whether that's because you don't want to or you just don't — you are considered to be failing in the eyes of a society that pushes us all, inevitably, towards the nuclear family ideal." [Related: "I'm Polyamorous and Valentine's Day Is … Complicated"] But you can always accept that this holiday isn't for you, Vanessa Rasanen has argued in The Federalist. "If you don't need a special day to celebrate your marriage or your relationship — or you don't have any special someone to celebrate with — no one is forcing you," she writes. "This holiday is for the people with busy lives, who don't mind chocolate coming in a heart-shaped box once in a while, who like having one day marked on their hectic calendars to take a bit more time to celebrate love and relationship and life together."