5 Love quotes as pretty as Lana del Rey

Nouman A.
2 min readJan 6, 2022


Like an art collector, I hunt for pretty words and how writers put them together into sentences, and how these sentences stay in your head for years. For a year or so, I have been keeping these quotes in my mind and my secret stash but they are yours now.

1. “I loved you like a man loves a woman he never touches, only writes to, keeps little photographs of.”

Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell

2. Her legs swing complete afternoons away.”

Jill Eisenstadt, From Rockaway

3. I will love you as the iceberg loves the ship, and the passengers love the lifeboat, and the lifeboat loves the teeth of the sperm whale, and the sperm whale loves the flavor of naval uniforms. I will love you as a drawer loves a secret compartment, and as a secret compartment loves a secret, and as a secret loves to make a person gasp… I will love you until all such compartments are discovered and opened, and all the secrets have gone gasping into the world. I will love you until all the codes and hearts have been broken and until every anagram and egg has been unscrambled. I will love you until every fire is extinguished and rebuilt from the handsomest and most susceptible of woods. I will love you until the bird hates a nest and the worm hates an apple. I will love you as we find ourselves farther and farther from one another, where once we were so close… I will love you until your face is fogged by distant memory. I will love you no matter where you go and who you see, I will love you if you don’t marry me. I will love you if you marry someone else — and i will love you if you never marry at all, and spend your years wishing you had married me after all. That is how I will love you even as the world goes on its wicked way.”

Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters

4. “I have wanted women whose very shoes are worth all I have ever possessed.”

John Fante, Ask the Dust

5. “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”

J.D. Salinger, A girl I knew



Nouman A.

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