Finding the Right Words on Valentine's Day

AnnieHallFor some, Valentine’s Day is all about the flowers, chocolate, a gift certificate to the spa and/or expensive jewelry. Fair enough. But as you might have guessed, I’m into words. What makes me really happy is a note -- a few words jotted down on a piece of paper that’s been tucked into my computer bag before I head out to work, or sent via text when I least expect it.  

What to say to the special people in your life? If “I love you,” “I appreciate you,” or “I’m so glad you’re part of my life” don’t seem to cover it, consider some of the most romantic sentiments shared in popular movies over the past 75 years. Maybe they’re schmaltzy, maybe they’re silly. But on Valentine’s Day, you can get away with it.  

“Love is too weak a word for what I feel -- I lurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two F’s, yes I have to invent, of course I do, don’t you think I do?” -- Annie Hall

“Maybe it is our imperfections which make us so perfect for one another.” -- Emma 

“I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” -- Dirty Dancing

“Truth is, sometimes I miss you so much I can hardly stand it.” -- Brokeback Mountain

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day." -- The Notebook

“As you wish.” -- The Princess Bride

“Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t forget it.” -- On Golden Pond

“I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love …I love… I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” -- Pride and Prejudice

“I guarantee that we’ll have tough times. And I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us will want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. Because I know in my heart you are the only one for me.” -- The Runaway Bride

“Here’s looking at you, kid.”-- Casblanca

“In my opinion the best thing you can you do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out of your a**. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with. -- Juno

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night...I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” -- When Harry Met Sally

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” -- Moulin Rouge 

“It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together…and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home...only to no home I’d ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like…magic.” -- Sleepless in Seattle 

“My heart is, and always will be, yours.” -- Sense & Sensibility

“If you love someone, you say it, you say it right then, out loud, Otherwise the moment just passes you by." -- My Best Friend’s Wedding

-- Connie Guglielmo



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Photo of Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Annie Hall

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