In an age of emails and texts, it’s rare that we sit and reflect on our relationships the way couples used to do in love letters. This Valentine’s Day, we think it’s time to bring back the tradition of penning a sweet note to your special someone. To inspire you, here’s an intimate look at the romantic words exchanged between iconic couples throughout history, from Abigail and John Adams to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
1. Abigail Adams to John Adams
2. Ludwig Van Beethoven to unknown “Immortal Beloved”
3. Prince Albert to Queen Victoria
4. Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) to future wife Olivia Langdon
5. Zelda Sayre to F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. President Richard Nixon to First Lady Pat Nixon
7. Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera
8. Orson Welles to Rita Hayworth
Dearest Angel Girl:
…I suppose most of us are lonely in this big world, but we must fall tremendously in love to find it out. The cure is the discovery of our need for company — I mean company in the very special sense we’ve come to understand since we happened to each other — you and I. The pleasures of human experience are emptied away without that companionship — now that I’ve known it; without it joy is just an unendurable as sorrow. You are my life — my very life. Never imagine your hope approximates what you are to me. Beautiful, precious little baby — hurry up the sun! — make the days shorter till we meet. I love you, that’s all there is to it.