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A QUOTE TO SAY I LOVE YOU 

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Keep her warm in a Pashmina shawl, 'Kashmiri Garden', with flowers dancing around the edges.

In looking for a quote to say I love you I searched through sources old and new.  Perhaps not surprisingly, some of the most famous were the old favorites, such as these:

 

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 everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the 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.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sonnet from the Portuguese No.43

Elizabeth Barrett Browning also gave us this memorable quote to say I love you:

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

The master of love, William Shakespeare, had a quote to say I love you.  In fact, he had several. These are the most famous:

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
from Romeo and Juliet (Juliet is speaking)

Perdition catch my soul
But I do love thee! and when I love thee not,
Chaos is come again.
 from Othello the Moor of Venice (Othello is speaking)

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
from Hamlet (Hamlet is speaking)

In more contemporary times, I found that a lot -- a lot -- of people talk about love, but very few simply say "I love you."  At least not in print, and not many provide a quote to say I love you.  Perhaps as Stephen King says:

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.

So I turned to songs, movies and Broadway.  Ah, that's where love reigns.  Here's a lovely quote to say I love you 

I love that you get cold when it is 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 a 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. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. 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.
Harry in "When Harry Met Sally"

I will always love you.
Song by Dolly Parton, sung by Whitney Houston

A word of caution.  The quote to say I love you in the song by Dolly Parton is really a sad song, saying goodbye.  I've included it here only because it is so well known.

Happier songs that offer a quote to say I love you include:

I love you, a bushel and a peck,
A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck,
A hug around the neck, and a barrel and a heap,
A barrel and a heap, and I'm talking in my sleep
About you.
"A Bushel and a Peck" by Frank Loesser

And I love you so
The people ask me how
How I've lived 'til now
I tell them I don't know
Perry Como

Perhaps a quote to say I love you isn't as common as we would think because as Paul Simon says:

Some people never say the words 'I love you' 
It's not their style to be so bold. 
Some people never say those words: 'I love you' 
But, like a child, they're longing to be told.

Nevertheless, just so you won't be caught off guard, here's a quote to say I love you everywhere in the world:

Afrikaans Ek is lief vir jou
Albanian te dua
Arabic Ana Ahebak / Ana Bahibak
Armenian yes kez shat em siroom
Assyr Az tha hijthmekem
Australian 'ave a beer, mate :-)
Bahasa Malayu (Malaysia) Saya cinta mu
Bavarian I mog di
Bisaya Nahigugma ko nimo
Bosnian Ja te volim (formally) or volim-te
Bulgarian Obicham te
Cantonese Ngo Oi Nei
Chinese gnoy oy na Goi Oi Lei (Hongkong) Wa Ai Li (Taiwan)
Danish Jeg elsker dig
Dutch Ik hou van jou
English I love you
Esperanto Mi amas vim
Estonian Ma armastan sind / Mina armastan sind (formal)
Finnish Minä rakastan sinua
French Je t'aime
Gaelic Tá mé i ngrá leat
German Ich liebe Dich
Greek S'agapw
Hawaiian Aloha wau ia 'oe
Hebrew Ani ohevet ota
Hindi Main tumsey pyaar karta hoon / Maine Pyar Kiya
Hmong Kuv Hlub Koj
Hungarian Szeretlek
Icelandic Eg elska thig
Indonesian Saya cinta padamu
Italian ti amo
Japanese Anata wa, dai suki desu
Javanese Kulo tresno marang panjenengan (formal) aku terno kowe (informal)
Kapangpangan Kaluguran daka.
Korean Sa lang hae/ Na No Sa Lan Hei
Kurdish Khoshtm Auyt LaosChanrackkun
Latin Ego te amo
Latvian Es mîlu Tevi
Lithuanian As Myliu Tave
Macedonian Te sakam
Malay Saya cintakan mu / Saya cinta mu
Malteese Inhobbok hafna
Mandarin Wo Ai Ni
Norwegian Jeg elsker deg
Persian Tora Doost Darem
Pig Latin I-ye Ove-le Ou-ye
Polish Kocham Cie
Portuguese Eu te amo (Brazilian) Eu amo-te (continental)
Punjabime tumse pyar ker ta hu'
Romanian Te iubesc
Russian Ya tebya liubliu
Serbo-Croatian Volim te
Sign language Spread hand out so no fingers are touching. Bring in middle & ring fingers and touch them to the palm of your hand.
Slovenian ljubim te
Spanish Te quiero / te amo / yo amo a ti
Swahili Naku penda
Swedish Jag älskar dig
Swiss German Ch-ha di gärn
Tagalog Mahal Kita / Iniibig kita
Tamil Naan Unnai Khadalikkeren
Telugu Nenu Ninnu Premisthunnanu
Thai Khao Raak Thoe / chun raak ter
Turkish seni seviyorum
Ukranian Yalleh blutebeh / ya tebe kohayu
Urdu Mea tum se pyaar karta hu ( when a guy says it) Mea tum se pyar karti hu (when a gal says it)
Vietnamese Toi yeu em

See ... a quote to say I love you really is a simple matter.  It may be only a couple of words in most places.

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Shaundra's Page.

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Here's the introductory musical passage to Leonard Bernstein's breath taking "Porgy and Bess".  Shaundra (of Louisville, KY) asked me to post it with the quote to say I love You selection that you see.  The song "I Loves You, Porgy" is from this work.

 

 

 

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