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Could These be the Greatest Love Letters of All Time?

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If you thought Shakespeare was the only dude with a knack for writing about love, you'd be wrong. The love letter is not dead, only dormant. Sometimes the most heart-melting missives are penned by people you'd never suspect.

Take this beauty from 1994, voted the greatest love letter of all time in a poll:

"Happy Birthday Princess," the letter reads. "We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others (sic) minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

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But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much."

Any guesses? The letter was actually written by Johnny Cash to the love of his life, June Carter, on the occasion of her 65th birthday. The pair were together for more than 30 years and died just four months apart. What I love most about the letter is its realism.

It's not all lust and sunsets. It's someone reflecting on real life and what it means to grow with another person over the years...

Some other contenders were more obvious choices—like poet John Keats and novelist Ernest Hemingway:

  • "My love has made me selfish. 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. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving / I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you. I should be afraid to separate myself far from you."
    John Keats to Fanny Brawne (1819)
  • "I can't say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home. Nor too many things. But we were always cheerful and jokers together."
    Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich (1951)
  • "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."
    Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine de Beauharnais (1796)
  • "My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you. You don't realize of course, EB, how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness."
    Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor (1964)

Care to share: What was the most romantic thing anyone has ever said/written to you?