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Wondering how to write the perfect love letter? It's not as difficult as you may think...
There are many examples of romantic love letters to copy on the Internet, but I think it's so much better to create something unique... That said, I know how difficult it is to find the right words to express your love. So here's a compromise... 'borrow' some ideas from others, but put your own spin on it. Here's how to write a love letter.
The perfect love letter usually consists of three parts: an opening or salutation, a romantic body, and a closing. When you write your letter, I suggest that you pick the parts from the following three sections that really resonate with you, change it a little to suit your particular situation, and then add relevant thoughts of your own.
Rather than just giving you a bunch of romantic love letters to copy, I thought it would be more fun to give you lines that you can play with to create your own masterpiece - and something that your beloved will truly appreciated.
Here are some romantic openings that you can choose from:
'My One and Only,'
'To the One I Love,'
'My Soul Mate,'
'My All, My Everything,'
To My Sweetheart,'
'My Dear Sweet _______,'
'My Dearest _____,'
'My Darling _____,'
'To the Love of my Life,'
'My Beloved _____,'
'My Precious _____,'
'My Handsome _______,'
'My Cherished Sweetheart,'
I've asked my friends on Twitter to come up with one line that they would include in the perfect love letter. This is what they posted - and perfect to choose from for the body of your perfect love letter:
@genewrites: '...you wandered into my life and moved my soul'
@lakelady: 'I'm always here, in all ways'
@thesciphishow: 'I'll be there even when it gets difficult'
@soulscaper: 'My love is always with you'
@Smurf3000: 'I have only one happiness in life, it is to love you and be loved by you...'
@Smurf3000: 'Seduce my mind and you can have my body, find my soul and I'm yours forever'
@Smurf3000: 'When i am with you there is nothing else to look at... when i hold you, kiss you, am in you, it is the softest, sweetest, warmest place on earth ...'
@Smurf3000: 'Your voice makes me tremble inside'
@Smurf3000: 'And your smile is an invitation for my imagination to go wild.'
@Smurf3000: 'I only wish to be the fountain of love from which you drink, every drop promising eternal passion.'
@Smurf3000: 'You are only one person in this world, but to this one person you are the world.'
@Smurf3000: 'A part of you has grown in me and so you see, it's you and me together forever and never apart, maybe in distance, but never in heart.'
@MMadisonMorgan: 'You were made for me.'
@SmallFtprints: 'I accept you!'
@m_kellogg: 'I love to be indulged in your sweet caresses and passionate kisses... your sugar is addicting... I ache for more...'
@Lorrae09: 'Breathe out so that I can breathe you in.'
@tivajoy: I will love you forever!'
You could also, of course, take a peek at some of the most romantic phrases from famous love letters for inspiration. Here are some that I think are wonderful:
'My heart is full of so many things to say to you - ah - there are moments when I feel that speech amounts to nothing at all –Cheer up - remain my true, my only treasure, my all as I am yours.' -Ludwig von Beethoven
'I wake filled with thoughts of you. Your portrait and the intoxicating evening which we spent yesterday have left my senses in turmoil.' -Napoleon Bonaparte
'You have touched me more profoundly than I thought even you could have touched me - my heart was full when you came here today. Henceforward I am yours for everything.' -Elizabeth Barrett Browning
'I was and am yours, freely and most entirely, to obey, to honour, love --and fly with you when, where, and how you yourself might and may determine.' -Lord Byron
'Dearest if you are as fond of me as I am of you...nothing human could keep us long apart.' -Lord Randolph Churchill
'You are my only love. You have me completely in your power. I know and feel that if I am to write anything fine and noble in the future I shall do so only by listening at the doors of your heart.' -James Joyce
'I love you, I love you. My Victor; I can not reiterate it too often; I can never express it as much as I feel it. I recognise you in all the beauty that surrounds me in form, in colour, in perfume, in harmonious sound: all of these mean you to me. You are superior to all. I see and admire - you are all!' -Juliette Drouet
'Come back. We will have a celebration to end all celebrations.' -Kenneth Fearing
'I will cover you with love when next I see you, with caresses, with ecstasy.' -Gustave Flaubert
'My adorable and adored, I have been asking myself every moment if such happiness is not a dream. It seems to me that what I feel is not of earth. I cannot yet comprehend this cloudless heaven. My whole soul is yours.' -Victor Hugo
'I belong to you; there is really no other way of expressing it, and that is not strong enough.' -Franz Kafka
'I already love in you your beauty, but I am only beginning to love in you that which is eternal and ever precious - your heart, your soul.' -Count Leo Tolstoy
'I can't help loving you more than is good for me; I shall feel all the happier when I see you again. I am always conscious of my nearness to you, your presence never leaves me. Adieu, you whom I love a thousand times.' -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Choose a closing from the following -- or create your own!
'All my Love',
'Until the End of Time,'
'With All the Love in my Heart,'
'Your Loving/Beloved [husband, wife]'
'Yours Til the End of Time,'
'Forever and Always,'
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* Love Letters to Him
* Passionate Love Letters
* Famous Love Letters written by Women
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Writing letters in French can be somewhat tricky because they require particular opening and closing conventions. Following some basic rules of French etiquette and grammar will help you find the correct expressions to use when writing to family, friends, or acquaintances.
For personal correspondence, there are two important conventions in French letters: greetings and closings. The expressions you use depend on your relationship with the person you are writing to, particularly whether you know her personally. Also, consider whether to use tu or vous—tu is the familiar "you," while vous is the formal greeting for "you" in French.
Remember that these French expressions do not always translate well into English. These are usable equivalents, rather than literal translations. Following are possible greetings and closings you can use, depending on whether you know the person.
You can use these greetings either by themselves or with the salutation followed by the person's name. The greeting in French is listed on the left, while the English translation is on the right. French greetings can be particularly tricky. For example, the French title Mademoiselle—literally "my young lady"—has long been used to distinguish between women, whether due to their age or marital status. Shopkeepers and bank clerks always greet female customers with a polite Bonjour, Mademoiselle or Bonjour, Madame. But in a letter, you have to assess the woman's age in order to choose the correct term, and that can prove challenging.
Closings in French letters can also be tricky, even in personal missives. To help you craft your closing correctly, the following chart uses the same conventions as the previous one: The closing is listed in French on the left, while the translation is on the right.
|To a Friend|
|Cordialement (à vous)||Sincerely (yours)|
|Votre ami dévoué(e)||Your devoted friend|
|Chaleureusement||With warm regards|
|Bien amicalement||In friendship|
|Amitiés||Best wishes, Your friend|
|Bien des choses à tous||Best wishes to all|
|Bien à vous, Bien à toi||Best wishes|
|À bientôt!||See you soon!|
|Je t'embrasse||Love / With love|
|Bons baisers||Lots of love|
|Bises!||Hugs and kisses|
|Grosses bises!||Lots of hugs and kisses|
These latter expressions—such as "Bons baisers (Lots of love) and Bises! (Hugs and kisses)—might seem too informal in English. But, such closings are not necessarily romantic in French; you can use them with friends of the same or opposite sex.
Regards is the business equivalent of being technically polite but impersonal. The Balance provides a helpful diagram of closings to use in a business context. Here's an excerpt about a few entries on the more personal end:
Warm regards, Best wishes, and With appreciation - These letter closings are also appropriate once you have some knowledge or connection to the person to whom you are writing. Because they can relate back to the content of the letter, they can give closure to the point of the letter. Only use these if they make sense with the content of your letter.
Informal letters are more flexible in their closing. This resource lists lots of options, and it's hard to prescribe a single one because they depend so much on your personal style.
To answer your question directly, "With love" is not as forceful an ending as "love," and how it's understood will depend on the individual. It can be mistaken for a romantic overture, but there are also plenty of examples of friends trading letters that have "with love" in them. It's what etiquette writer Amy Vanderbilt recommends for someone known less intimately:
"In general, you would close a letter to a family member of close friend with "Love," "Best love," "Fondly," "Affectionately." If you are writing to someone you know less intimately you might use "All the best," "As always," "As ever," "With love," or, depending on the relationship, "Affectionately."
An example a few pages later uses "with love" to close a letter to a thank you note for "Mr. and Mrs. Thornberg." Given that Vanderbilt is speaking in a traditional vein of American etiquette, "with love" is probably fine.
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Somewhere in my childhood bedroom lurks an old Nine West shoe box brimming with love letters scrawled on craggy college-ruled paper. In high school, when my interest in the day’s physics or math lesson would inevitably wane, I’d turn the page in my notebook and write my then boyfriend hormone-fueled rants about my unparalleled love for him, and occasionally, in what may be a Joycean hallmark (minus the farts, see #11), the things I wanted to do with him. We traded these missives back and forth at our lockers, which amounted to hundreds of inside-joke riddled professions of young love.
Once, to our mutual horror, my dad found a stray note while cleaning out the trunk of his car. That day, I learned an important lesson about privacy and secure backpack zippers. But after a mortifying conversation, I emerged with the upper-hand, admonishing him for having the audacity to read a letter so obviously not for him. Polite company (excluding dads) know better than to read others’ private exchanges.
In literature, we are offered a rare, perhaps singular invitation into such intimate correspondences. Whether the following love letters are artfully penned in a novel, memoir, or the anthologies of long-dead greats — these 11 vulnerable glimpses into the besotted human-id are all-consuming reads.
The reconciliation letter
When I polled friends and coworkers about this assignment, for good reason, the prevailing response fell along the lines of: “Include Persuasion, duh.”
In Jane Austen’s final, posthumously published novel, Persuasion, the heroine Anne Elliot was convinced (or some would say, persuaded) by her godmother, Lady Russell, to call off her teenage engagement to the impecunious Frederick Wentworth. Fast-forward almost a decade later, and the two reconnect via the typical Austen scaffolding of events, and it’s revealed that they’ve never truly forgotten each other.
After overhearing a conversation in which Anne argues that men move on more swiftly from their past loves, Wentworth counters her claim with one of the most highly regarded love notes in all of literature:
I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in
The Love-dumb Husband Letter
In 2014, Knopf published a meticulously annotated compilation of 50+ years of correspondence between Vladimir Nabakov and his beloved wife, Vera. Although the couple had their share of obstacles (infidelity, to name one), the letters demonstrate an abiding love capable of overcoming even the most treacherous of threats (Nazi persecution, another).
In an uncharacteristic moment, Nabokov found himself at a loss of words while trying to articulate just how much he adored his wife:
My tenderness, my happiness, what words can I write for you? How strange that although my life’s work is moving a pen over paper, I don’t know how to tell you how I love, how I desire you. Such agitation — and such divine peace: melting clouds immersed in sunshine — mounds of happiness. And I am floating with you, in you, aflame and melting — and a whole life with you is like the movement of clouds, their airy, quiet falls, their lightness and smoothness, and the heavenly variety of outline and tint — my inexplicable love. I cannot express these cirrus-cumulus sensations.
The Final Words Letter
Before the English patient sustained the burn-injuries that rendered him amnesic in an Italian hospital, he was an explorer in the Sahara Desert who fell in with another man’s wife, Katharine. At the heart of Michael Ondaatje historiographic metafiction masterpiece is this torrid affair, which ends in high melodrama when Katharine’s husband, Geoffrey, attempts a three-way murder-suicide. The English patient and Katharine survive, and find shelter in a cave. When the English patient leaves to seek help, Katharine writes him a final goodbye as she withers away in the cold, echoing darkness.
The 1992 Booker Award-winning novel was adapted for the silver-screen — watch the tearjerking performance accompanied by a tasteful amount of sad-piano below:
The Desperate Adulteress
Say what you will about the morality of affairs, but damn do they inspire some impassioned writing. Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf began a covert-ish relationship in the mid 1920’s, and IMHO, the world is better for it because it inspired Woolf’s satirical, gender-bending novel, Orlando. The collection of these lovers’ letters are evidence that she had superb material to work from.
Here’s a selection pulled from the Paris Review:
From Sackville-West to Woolf
Milan [posted in Trieste]
Thursday, January 21, 1926
I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your un-dumb letters, would never write so elementary phrase as that; perhaps you wouldn’t even feel it. And yet I believe you’ll be sensible of a little gap. But you’d clothe it in so exquisite a phrase that it would lose a little of its reality. Whereas with me it is quite stark: I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal. So this letter is just really a squeal of pain. It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan’t make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this — But oh my dear, I can’t be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don’t really resent it …
Please forgive me for writing such a miserable letter.
The Love is a Battlefield Letter
In Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 French epistolary novel, the principle characters Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont are arch nemesis’ and ex-lovers who wield their inimitable letter writing skills as weapons of manipulation. The book is comprised solely of letters written back and forth between various characters.
The Fifty-year Correspondence
Love in the Time of Cholera follows the diverging lives of childhood sweethearts Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. Florentino first catches a glimpse of Fermina when he delivers a telegraph to her father, and from there it’s fated that the young postal worker and beautiful girl should start their own passionate correspondence. He goes home and toils over a letter, which soon transforms into a sixty-page “dictionary of compliments” declaring his admiration for her. After he hands her the tome, he waits for what feels like an eternity for an answer, but it turns out she’s mutually smitten, and just really needed the time to wade through the heavy metaphors. They begin an intense exchange of hundreds of love letters, which infuriates Fermina’s father. Life gets in the way and sends the adolescent lovebirds down different paths, but Florentino claims to have remained faithful to Fermina throughout his entire life, and he makes a final (and successful) proclamation of his love at her husband’s funeral five decades later.
The This-is-Why-You-Should-Say-It-In-Person Letter
The plot of Atonement is set into motion by a horribly misconstrued letter that lands Robbie in jail and leaves his secret girlfriend Cecilia hopelessly wishing for his exoneration. Since Robbie is imprisoned, the only way the couple can communicate is through a series of letters. Robbie is eventually released on the condition that he serve in the army during World War II. Perhaps the most devastating missive comes from Cecelia during this time when she writes:
…I know I sound bitter, but my darling, I don’t want to be. I’m honestly happy with my new life and my new friends. I feel I can breathe now. Most of all, I have you to live for. Realistically, there had to be a choice — you or them. How could it be both? I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one, my reason for life. Cee
The You-Complete-Me Letter
He may not be the titular character, but Levin’s development into a happier, less solipsistic guy is just as integral to the classic’s plot as Anna Karenina’s untimely demise. In Part IV, Chapter XIII, Levin takes another go at courting the object of his affection, Kitty. He’s always had trouble communicating his feelings, but Kitty’s innate understanding of him makes it easier. The two sit down at a card table and Kitty produces a stick of chalk, and they start a game of scribbling the first letter of every word in a sentence they wish to say.
Levin jots down: “W, y, a: i, c, n, b; d,y, t, o, n?”
Kitty responds: “T, I, c, n, a, o.”
Did ya get all that? Doesn’t matter because “everything had been said in that conversation. She had said that she loved him.”
The Grieving Letter
Isabel Allende never intended to write a memoir. She started what became Paula as an informational letter to her daughter to summarize the events she was missing as she lay asleep in a porphyria-induced coma. To the heartbreak of Isabel and her family, Paula never recovered, but she continued writing her letter which blends with some of the classic elements of magical realist fiction.
The High Brow Affair Letters
Anaïs once wrote to Henry, “We are writers and make art of our struggle,” — that statement became truer than ever when Gunther Stuhlman published a compilation of their missives. The writers only spent a short amount of time with each other in the early ’30s, but carried on a love letter exchange for 21-years! Here’s one of my favorite passages from Miller to Nin:
I say this is a wild dream — but it is this dream I want to realize. Life and literature combined, love the dynamo, you with your chameleon’s soul giving me a thousand loves, being anchored always in no matter what storm, home wherever we are. In the mornings, continuing where we left off. Resurrection after resurrection. You asserting yourself, getting the rich varied life you desire; and the more you assert yourself the more you want me, need me. Your voice getting hoarser, deeper, your eyes blacker, your blood thicker, your body fuller. A voluptuous servility and tyrannical necessity. More cruel now than before — consciously, wilfully cruel. The insatiable delight of experience.
The Granddaddy of the Filthy (Fart!) Sext
Save your eggplant emoji for the playground, kids, because James Joyce is about to blow you away with the kinky letter he wrote his wife Nora.
You know it’s real when you can’t get enough of your lover’s ~scent~
**WARNING: VERY NSFW**
My sweet little whorish Nora I did as you told me, you dirty little girl, and pulled myself off twice when I read your letter. I am delighted to see that you do like being fucked arseways. Yes, now I can remember that night when I fucked you for so long backwards. It was the dirtiest fucking I ever gave you, darling. My prick was stuck in you for hours, fucking in and out under your upturned rump. I felt your fat sweaty buttocks under my belly and saw your flushed face and mad eyes. At every fuck I gave you your shameless tongue came bursting out through your lips and if a gave you a bigger stronger fuck than usual, fat dirty farts came spluttering out of your backside. You had an arse full of farts that night, darling, and I fucked them out of you, big fat fellows, long windy ones, quick little merry cracks and a lot of tiny little naughty farties ending in a long gush from your hole. It is wonderful to fuck a farting woman when every fuck drives one out of her. I think I would know Nora’s fart anywhere. I think I could pick hers out in a roomful of farting women. It is a rather girlish noise not like the wet windy fart which I imagine fat wives have. It is sudden and dry and dirty like what a bold girl would let off in fun in a school dormitory at night. I hope Nora will let off no end of her farts in my face so that I may know their smell also.
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