Love is a never ending flow of energy. Love can't be bought and love consumes us all. Ahead of Valentines Day, I am sharing with you a selection of love letters by great men as well as one that I wrote a few months ago.
Johnny Cash to wife June Carter Cash (1994)
"We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met."
Winston Churchill to wife Clementine Churchill (1935)
"My darling Clemmie, in your letter from Madras you wrote some words very dear to me, about having enriched your life. I cannot tell you what pleasure this gave me, because I always feel so overwhelmingly in your debt, if there can be accounts in love."
Jimi Hendrix to 'little girl' (date unknown)
"Happiness is within you... so unlock the chains from your heart and let yourself grow like the sweet flower you are. I know the answer - Just spread your wings and set yourself FREE."
John Keats to Fanny Brawne (1819)
"I cannot exist without you - I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again - my Life seems to stop there - I see no further. You have absorb'd me."
Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich (1951)
"I can't say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home."
Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine de Beauharnais (1796)
"Since I left you, I have been constantly depressed. My happiness is to be near you. Incessantly I live over in my memory your caresses, your tears, your affectionate solicitude. The charms of the incomparable Josephine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart."
King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (1527)
"I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us. Necessity compels me to obtain this answer, having been more than a year wounded by the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail or find a place in your affection."
Beethoven to his 'Immortal Beloved' (1812)
"Be calm. Love me today - yesterday - what tearful longings for you - you - my life-my all - farewell. Oh continue to love me - never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours."
AND FROM MYSELF (2014)
To find someone who is honest, caring and down to earth. To find someone who completes my sentence. Someone who makes me laugh and someone who doesn't make fun of me when I pull the door instead of push. Someone who agrees to disagree when it comes to peanut butter. Someone who understands and has patience when it's that time of the month and someone who tells me "everything is going to be okay" when I cry. Someone who is my summer when I am living in my winter. Someone who accepts my flaws and loves me even more for them. Someone whose existence makes worth fighting for. A moment worth fighting for. A love worth fighting for.
Extracts from Love Letters of Great Men