Top Ten Tuesday: Always


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday gets us geared up for the 14th. Here is in no particular order my Top Ten Favorite Romances and yes the last one does in fact count.

Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride And Prejudice

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.

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters: in The Fault in Our Stars

“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

Buttercup and Westley in The Princess Bride

I’ve been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn’t listen. Every time you said ‘Farm Boy do this’ you thought I was answering ‘As you wish’ but that’s only because you were hearing wrong. ‘I love you’ was what it was, but you never heard.

Outlander (20th Anniversary Edition): A Novel

Claire Beauchamp and James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser in Outlander

Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done.

Jacob Jankowski and Marlena Rosenbluth in Water for Elephants

Although there are times I’d give anything to have her back, I’m glad she went first. Losing her was like being cleft down the middle. It was the moment it all ended for me, and I wouldn’t have wanted her to go through that.

Catherine and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights

So he shall never know how I love him… because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…

Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

Suffer love!–a good epithet. I do suffer love indeed, for I
love thee against my will.
In spite of your heart, I think. Alas, poor heart! If you
spite it for my sake, I will spite it for yours, for I will never
love that which my friend hates. (5.2.66)

Tristan and Iseult in The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

My lords, if you would hear a high tale of love and of death, here is that of Tristan and Queen Iseult; how to their full joy, but to their sorrow also, they loved each other, and how at last they died of that love together upon one day; she by him and he by her.

Tristran Thorn and Yvainne in Stardust

They kissed for the first time then in the cold spring rain, though neither one of them now knew that it was raining. Tristran’s heart pounded in his chest as if it was not big enough to contain all the joy that it held. He opened his eyes as he kissed the star. Her sky-blue eyes stared back into his, and in her eyes he could see no parting from her.


Snape and Lilly in the Harry Potter series

Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Always

  1. I love all the quotes you picked — that was such a good way to do this list! This is the first I’ve seen of Lily and Snape and that’s just awesome 🙂 And as you know I LOVE Jamie & Claire and Jacob & Marlena 🙂 Thanks for checking out my Top 10!

  2. Ooh, good list. I particularly like the Much Ado About Nothing quote. I couldn’t include Wuthering Heights because I wanted there to be some sort of happy endings, but then I went ahead and included Cold Mountain anyway – contradicting my own intent.

    Essentially anything by Jane Austen could make this list.

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