Last year I gave my wife a homemade gift. Yes, those are cheesy and many times it is a cop-out to giving a “real gift”. But I decided, partially inspired to the multitude of Jeremy’s various Question books, to go through and look for quotes about Love, about how I feel about her, and still embrace my own nerdiness – so it included lots of bits and pieces from various media that we both love.
I called it A Love For Every Day, and set about trying to find the right words for each day.
Let me tell you, it is not as quick and easy as you would think. Especially as I tried to include little nods to the actual day if possible – sometimes those being birthdays or anniversaries or just plan old holidays… many times the quotes play off of that as well.
As these holidays come to a close, and as she begins reading the entries for the last few days of the year, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from these 365 days.
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.
Nicole Krause, The History of Love
Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.
Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore.
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman
Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder today. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva…
So tweasure your wuv.
The Princess Bride
I love you.
The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi
You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.
If you have just one,
Let me be that love
If you have lots of others,
Please let me be
Please let me be one
Let me be one
Jonah Matranga, Crush On Everyone
I’m afraid that once your heart’s involved, it all comes out in moron.
You can learn all the math in the ‘Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens. Makes her a home.
My dearest friend
If you don’t mind
I’d like to join you by your side
Where we can gaze into the stars
And sit together now and forever
For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.
Calvin and Hobbes
I thought our story was epic, you know, you and me.
Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed. EPIC.
Come on. Ruined lives? Bloodshed? You really think a relationship should be that hard?
No one writes songs about the ones that come easy.
Hope you have some great holidays with those you love.
John McGuire is the creator/author of the steampunk comic The Gilded Age. Want to read the first issue for free? Click here! Already read it and eager for more?
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