25 Literary Quotes For Your Next Wedding

Look, we've all seen Wedding Crashers. We know that Corinthians can be a real drag — and no matter how pretty your reading voice is, everyone's already heard it. That explains why more and more wedding guests, bridesmaids, and groomsmen are taking to literature for inspiring and romantic passages come toast-time. We've heard the trend is leaning toward kids' books, though frankly, if someone read a line from The Velveteen Rabbit at any of our weddings, it would just turn into a total sob-fest.

Sloppy tears aside, wedding season is still going strong in our little black books. So, we're looking for something cute, appropriate, but not totally cliché to read to our dearly beloveds. If you're in the same boat, here are 25 sweet little quotations that might help you out in a tight spot.

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Collected Poems by Alice Walker

"Desire"

"My desire
is always the same; wherever Life
deposits me:
I want to stick my toe
& soon my whole body
into the water.
I want to shake out a fat broom
& sweep dried leaves
bruised blossoms
dead insects
& dust.
I want to grow
something.
It seems impossible that desire
can sometimes transform into devotion;
but this has happened.
And that is how I’ve survived:
how the hole
I carefully tended
in the garden of my heart
grew a heart
to fill it."
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The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

Excerpt from "Having a Coke with You"

"it is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything as still
as solemn as unpleasantly definitive as statuary when right in front of it
in the warm New York 4 o’clock light we are drifting back and forth
between each other like a tree breathing through its spectacles

and the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all, just paint
you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them
I look
at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world"
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The Captain's Verses: Love Poems by Pablo Neruda

Excerpt from "Your Laughter"

"Laugh at the night,
at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy
boy who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,
light, spring,
but never your laughter
for I would die."
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The Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou

"Touched by an Angel"

"We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

"Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

"We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free."
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Angels In America by Tony Kushner

"You'll find, my friend, that what you love will take you places you never dreamed you'd go."
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The Illuminated Rumi by Jalal Al-Din Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

"Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
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The Broom Of The System by David Foster Wallace

“At first you maybe start to like some person on the basis of, you know, features of the person. The way they look, or the way they act, or if they're smart, or some combination or something. So in the beginning it's I guess what you call features of the person that make you feel certain ways about the person. ... But then if you get to where you, you know, love a person, everything sort of reverses. It's not that you love the person because of certain things about the person anymore; it's that you love the things about the person because you love the person. It kind of radiates out, instead of in. At least that's the way ... That's the way it seems to me.”
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This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

“The half-life of love is forever.”
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Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

“You and I, it's as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.”
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The Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton

“He simply felt that if he could carry away the vision of the spot of earth she walked on, and the way the sky and sea enclosed it, the rest of the world might seem less empty.”
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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera

“Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.”
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The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

“Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.”
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A Widow for One Year by John Irving

“All his life he would hold this moment as exemplary of what love was. It was not wanting anything more, nor was it expecting people to exceed what they had just accomplished; it was simply feeling so complete.”
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The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

"Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story no one on earth has ever read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before."
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Just Kids by Patti Smith

"Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves...'What will happen to us?' I asked. 'There will always be us,' he answered.”
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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

"Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering."
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Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

“Like the first whiff of burning incense, or like the taste of one's first cup of saké, there is in love that moment when all its power is felt.”
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

"We throw the frisbee farther than anyone has ever seen a frisbee go. First it goes higher than anyone has thrown before, so that in the middle of the pale blue there is only the sun’s glazed headlight and the tiny white disc, and then it goes farther than anyone has known a frisbee to go, with us having to use miles of beach, from one cliff to the other, thousands of people in between, to catch it. It’s the trajectory that’s important, we know that, that the distance relies on both velocity and angle of flight, that you have to throw the hell out of the thing, and also put it on the correct trajectory, an upward trajectory both straight and steady, not too high, not too low, because if it’s sent on the right upward path, its momentum will carry it almost twice the distance, the second half on its way down, the second half a gimme, meaning that you need only to provide for half of its distance yourself, it’s momentum providing for the second half, when finally its forward progress slows and slows and stops and it falls, as if parachuting, and then we move and run under, our quick steps scratching into the wet sand and when it falls, it falls into our hands, because we are there. We look like professionals, like we’ve been playing together for years. Busty women stop and stare. Senior citizens sit and shake their heads, gasping. Religious people fall to the knees. No one has ever seen anything like it."
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Swann's Way by Marcel Proust

“To achieve accurate knowledge of others, if such a thing were possible, we could only ever arrive at it through the slow and unsure recognition of our own initial optical inaccuracies. However, such knowledge is not possible: for, while our vision of others is being adjusted, they, who are not made of mere brute matter, are also changing; we think we have managed to see them more clearly, but they shift; and when we believe we have them fully in focus, it is merely our older images of them that we have clarified, but which are themselves already out of date.”
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The Baby-sitters Club, by Ann M. Martin

"It's nice to have someone to feel babyish with."
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"Sonnet 116," by William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

"When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are to become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No...don't blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But it is!"
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The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

"You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
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A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

“There are no happy endings. Endings are sad, so let's have a happy beginning and a happy middle.”
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Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

“If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweller's felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn't exist, and I have tried everything that does.”