55+ Quotes From 'The Notebook' — Because It Wasn't Over, It Still Isn't Over

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Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in 'The Notebook' — quotes from 'The Notebook'
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Ahh, The Notebook. Has there ever been a movie that gave us such unrealistic expectations about love? Probably not. But boy, oh boy, don’t we love to see it (especially that rain scene with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams)? And don’t even get us started on those heartbreaking quotes from The Notebook. Even decades after the release of the 2004 hit movie, we still can’t get over the relationship between Noah and Allie. What is it about these two love birds (“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird…”) that we still find so swoon-worthy? Well, as much as we adore a bearded Ryan Gosling in the rain, it’s gotta be the Notebook love quotes. They are sweet, magical, and everything you’d want your soulmate to say to you — or write in 365 letters. Sometimes reading through romantic musings can be a lovely distraction from mom-life fatigue, amirite?

So, if you’re looking for some relationship inspo, something to swoon over after you get the kids to sleep for the night, or just need a reminder of the sizzling chemistry between Ryan and Rachel, here are some of the most memorable Notebook quotes. You might want to grab a tissue (and/or that secret stash of chocolate you keep hidden from the kids).

Iconic Quotes From The Notebook

  1. “Read this to me, and I’ll come back to you.” — Allie
  2. “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I’d hoped to give you forever.” — Noah
  3. “Her name is Allie Hamilton. She’s here for the summer with her family. Dad’s got more money than God.” — Fin
  4. “We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created.” — Allie
  5. “You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have.” — Noah
  6. “In every boy I met in the next few years, I found myself looking for you, and when the feelings got too strong, I’d write you another letter. But I never sent them for fear of what I might find.” — Allie
  7. “I’m not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a two-second rebound rate.” — Noah
  8. “So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, every day.” — Noah
  9. “It was real, wasn’t it? You and me. Such a long time ago, we were just a couple of kids. But we really loved each other, didn’t we?” — Allie
  10. “The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.” — Noah
  11. “She had come back into his life like a sudden flame; blazing and streaming into his heart. Noah stayed up all night contemplating the certain agony he knew would be his if he were to lose her twice.” — Duke
  12. “I lost you once, I think I can do it again. If I thought that’s what you really wanted. But don’t take the easy way out.” — Noah
  13. “That’s my sweetheart in there. Wherever she is, that’s where my home is.” — Duke
  14. “You’d gone on with your life and I didn’t want to think about you loving someone else. I wanted to remember us like we were that summer. I didn’t ever want to lose that.” — Allie
  15. “She made me who I am and holding her in my arms was more natural to me than my own heartbeat.” — Noah
  16. “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.” — Noah
  17. “But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common… they were crazy about each other.” — Duke
  18. “It was an improbable romance. He was a country boy. She was from the city.” — Duke
  19. “They’re shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash, they’re gone.” — Noah
  20. “This is just a fight we’re having and tomorrow it will be like it never happened, right?” — Allie
  21. “I lost you once, I think I can do it again. If I thought that’s what you really wanted. But don’t you take the easy way out.” — Noah
  22. “I am nothing special. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.” — Duke
  23. “I didn’t spend 17 years raisin’ a daughter and givin’ her everything so she could throw it away on a summer romance!” — Anne Hamilton
  24. “We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn.” — Noah
  25. “I think our love can do anything we want it to.” — Duke
  26. “No matter what happens to us, every day spent with you is the best day of my life.” — Noah
  27. “My daddy said that the first time you fall in love, it changes you forever and no matter how hard you try, that feeling just never goes away.” — Allie
  28. Duke: “I keep trying to die, but they won’t let me.”

Harry: “Well, you can’t have everything.”

  1. “It’s not about keepin’ your promises, and it’s not about followin’ your heart. It’s about security.” — Noah
  2. “Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons.” — Duke
  3. “I couldn’t sleep last night because I know that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was real.” — Noah
  4. “Because I might know you a little better than you think. And I don’t want you wakin’ up one mornin’ thinkin’ if you’d known everything you might have done somethin’ different.” — Anne Hamilton
  5. “I wrote 365 letters. I wrote you every day for a year.” — Noah
  6. “Will you do something for me, please? Just picture your life for me? Thirty years from now, 40 years from now? What’s it look like? If it’s with him, go. Go!” — Noah
  7. “You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life.” — Noah
  8. “I could be whatever you want. You just tell me what you want, and I’m gonna be that for you.” — Noah
  9. “Will you stop thinking about what everyone wants?! Stop thinking about what I want, what he wants, what your parents want. What do you want? What do you want?” — Noah
  10. “I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.” — Noah
  11. “Southern summers are indifferent to the trials of young love. Armed with warnings and doubts, Noah and Allie gave a remarkably convincing portrayal of a boy and a girl traveling down a very long road with no regard for the consequences.” — Duke
  12. “People often describe love as an emotion that we can’t control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That’s what it was like for me.” — Duke
  13. “I could be fun if you want. I could be pensive, uh… smart, superstitious. Brave? And I, uh, I can be light on my feet. I could be whatever you want. You just tell me what you want, and I’m gonna be that for you.” — Noah
  14. “What easy way?! There is no easy way. No matter what I do, somebody gets hurt!” — Allie
  15. “I love you. I am who I am because of you.” — Noah
  16. “I’m gonna ask you one more time: Will you or will you not go out with me? I think my hand’s slipping.” — Noah
  17. “A person can get used to anything if given enough time.” — Duke
  18. “You know I want to give you all the things you want. But I can’t. Because they’re gone. They’re broken.” — Noah
  19. “You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.” — Noah
  20. “In time, the hurt began to fade and it was easier to just let it go.” — Allie
  21. “If in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees learning from each other and growing in love.” — Noah
  22. “Do you think our love can take us away together?” — Allie

Love Quotes From The Notebook (The Book)

  1. “Noah has fallen in love with the new Allie, not her memory, but then he had never really stopped, and this he realizes is his destiny.”
  2. “I’m not saying it because I’m sweet. I’m saying it because I love you now, and I always have. More than you can imagine.”
  3. “It wasn’t Noah she loved; she loved what they had once been. Besides, it was normal to feel that way. Her first real love, the only man she’d ever been with — how could she expect to forget him?”
  4. “In times of grief and sorrow, I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry, I cry, and when you hurt, I hurt. And together, we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life.”
  5. “She was my dream. She made me who I am, and holding her in my arms was more natural to me than my own heartbeat. I think about her all the time. Even now, when I’m sitting here, I think about her. There could never have been another.”
  6. “My heart had been captured, roped by a southern poet, and I knew inside that it had always been yours. Who was I to question a love that rode on shooting stars and roared like crashing waves?. I love you for many things, especially your passions. Love and poetry and fatherhood and friendship and beauty and nature. I fear the pain I know you will go through. So I love you so deeply, so incredibly much, that I will find a way to come back to you despite my disease; I promise you that. And this is where the story comes in. When I am lost and lonely, read this story — just as you told it to the children — and know that in some way, I will realize it’s about us. And perhaps, just perhaps, we will find a way to be together again.”

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