When it comes to the best tragic love stories, Wuthering Heights usually takes the cake. Emily Brontë’s novel about the doomed love between the brooding Heathcliff and fierce Catherine is a rollercoaster of a novel you can’t put down.
I mean, this book has it all: atmospheric scenery, ghosts, obsessive revenge, two families locked in an intergenerational feud, a man who digs up his dead lover’s grave… literally everything. It’s like a 19th century Twitter feud that’s a mess, and yet it’s too good to walk away from.
I can shamelessly say I adore this book. I feel the need to read it every Valentine’s Day. While Heathcliff and Cathy’s relationship is extremely toxic, the quotes about their passion for each other are so beautifully written by Brontë. It’s one of those stories that sticks with you well after you’ve read the final page.
So please, don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking a note from Heathcliff and digging up your dead lover’s grave. Obsessing about revenge for the rest of your life isn’t a good look either. In fact, don’t do anything Heathcliff did to prove your love for someone. Instead, celebrate the holiday by sharing some of my favorite quotes from Wuthering Heights with your significant other.
If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.Heathcliff, about Edgar Linton’s love for Catherine
He shall never know I love him: and that, not because he’s handsome, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same.Catherine, about Heathcliff
Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you- Oh God! would you like to lie with your soul in the grave?Heathcliff to Catherine
If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.Catherine, about Heathcliff
I have not broken your heart- you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.Heathcliff to Catherine
My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.Catherine, about Heathcliff
Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you- haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe- I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always- take any form- drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!Heathcliff, about the late Catherine
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