16 Nicholas Sparks Quotes That Will Dare You To Love
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The Notebook may have made Nicholas Sparks a household name, but there's a whole lot more to his romantic catalogue than just hat. In fact, he's written 18 novels, many of them about love. Sure, having a movie with Ryan Gosling may make the material more accessible and, well, hotter, but it's Sparks' words and love stories that really set the country on fire.
And there are a lot of times where love and dating can just feel like the last thing you need. Whether you're focusing on your career or getting through a bad breakup— maybe you've decided that romance just isn't for you. And there's nothing wrong with having other priorities— there's also nothing wrong with being someone who just isn't interested in relationships. What is wrong is denying yourself something that you genuinely want, by pretending you're not interested. Because you believe deep down, somewhere, that you're not worth it. So you make excuses. You focus on other things. You stop trying. That's what's not OK.
So if you want to be plunged into the hyper-romantic and remember what's so appealing about being in love or in an incredible relationship, Nicholas Sparks quotes are an easy way to do it. Because all of his books— and the movies based off of those books— are bursting with old-fashioned romance and timeless love stories. So Ryan Gosling may be a bonus, sure— but there's a whole lot more happening than just him. Check out these quotes that'll bring you through a whirlwind romance.
"The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected."
"I finally understood what true love meant... love meant that you care for another person's happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices your face might be."
"If we'd never met, I think I would have known my life wasn't completely. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I did know who I was look for."
"Every girl is beautiful. Sometimes, it just takes the right guy to see it."
"Most of all, I learned that it's possible for two people to fall in love all over again, even when there's been a lifetime of disappointment between them."
"Tonight, I will look up at the moon and I will know that somewhere you are looking at it too."
"She wanted some else, something different, something more. Passion and romance, perhaps, or maybe quiet conversations in candlelit rooms, or perhaps something as simple as not being second."
"I promise there's no safer places in the world than with me."
"True love is rare, and it's the only thing that gives life meaning."
"I didn't plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us."
"Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people."
"Sometimes you have to be apart from the ones you love, but that doesn't make you love them any less. Sometimes it makes you love them more."
"You're going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it's always their actions you should judge them by. It's actions, not words."
"You can't live your life for other people. You've got to do what's right for you, ever if it hurts some people you love."
"You are my dearest friend, my deepest love, you are the best of me."
Was that romantic enough for you? Because Sparks really is the king of the swelling, larger-than-life love stories. There's a reason so many people have devoured his books and been inspired by them.
If you're feeling like love isn't an option, I get it. A bad breakup can knock your confidence and take a long time to recover from. And if you've struggled with low self-esteem, it can make it seem like dating just isn't an option for you. Like there's no point in even trying. I was so scared to go on first dates that I used to make my friends reassure me that it wasn't a prank (true story). But if you push through that— if you can fight those insecurities and insist on something better for yourself, then there's so much possibility out there.
Sure, love quotes can be cheesy and over the top. In fact, they're meant to be that way. But seeing the extremes of it can remind you that you want a slice of it in your own life. Or at the very least that you want to put yourself out there and try. That your'e ready to try. And that's the first step, the one so many of us struggle with. It's admitting to yourself that you want to try and that you're willing to fight for something.
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