Rewind back to year 496 and you have your first Valentine’s Day. That’s right, today’s ritual of expressing love and affection is said to have originated from a Roman festival that took place mid-February. When the church wanted to turn the festival into a Christian celebration, they used it to remember St Valentine, and gradually people started using St Valentine’s to express their feelings to those they loved.

Today, Valentine’s Day is known for kissing, candy hearts, fully booked restaurants and a dozen red roses. This February 14, make your Valentine feel special and impress them with a loving  quote. We have rounded up a list of messages whether you are celebrating with your friend, partner, parents or even yourself.

Friends – because we appreciate them

  • ‘Thank you for being the loyal and caring friend that you are. Love you!’
  • ‘Here’s to a Valentine’s Day filled with good food, good wine and especially good friends like you.’
  • ‘Valentine’s Day and every day, I’m grateful for a friend like you.’
  • ‘I hope you feel loved and appreciated this Valentine’s Day, because you are.’
  • ‘My best friend is someone who brings out the best in me.’

    Mum/Dad/Sibling/Son/Daughter – because we need to show them love too

  • ‘I hope your day is filled with reminders of how much I love you.’
  • ‘You make me laugh. You make me think. You make me really grateful to be your sister.’
  • ‘I’m eating chocolate cake in your honour, Mum. It’s not as good as yours but it brings back good memories of Valentine’s Day growing up.’
  • ‘It’s so sweet having a daughter like you. Hope your Valentine’s Day is extra sweet too.’
  • ‘Happy Valentine’s Day to one of my sweetest blessings.’

    Your Sweetheart – because it goes without saying

  • ‘Tonight is all ours. I can’t wait to celebrate with you.’
  • ‘Especially today, I hope you know how much I love you and how much I appreciate having you in my life.’
  • ‘You take my breath away. Always.’
  • ‘Thank you for being you and for being mine.’
  • ‘I am so excited to be sharing our first Valentine’s Day together. I hope it’s the first of many.’
  • ‘Has it really been [10] years? I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.’
  • ‘When I’m with you, hours feel like seconds. When we’re apart, days feel like years.’
  • ‘Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.’

    Quotes – because they define what love is

  • ‘Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.’ – Nicholas Sparks
  • ‘Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die from it.’ – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
  • ‘Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.’ – Robert Heinlein
  • ‘And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.’ – John Green
  • ‘All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.’ – Andre Breton
  • ‘I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once.’ – John Green

    Corny Quotes – just because…

  • ‘Love is a game that two can play and both win at.’ – Eva Gabor
  • ‘If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.’
  • ‘Do you have a Band-Aid? Because I skinned my knee when I fell for you.’
  • ‘There is no one I’d rather lie in bed with and look at my phone my next to.’
  • ‘You stole my heart. But you can keep it.’

    For You – because you’re special too

  • ‘Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?’
  • ‘You yourself, as much as anybody in the universe, deserve your love and affection.’ – Buddha
  • ‘If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.’ – Fred Rogers
  • ‘To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.’ – Oscar Wilde
  • ‘We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.’ – Maya Angelou

    Now that you have the best Valentine’s Day quotes picked out, get creative with your own message. Paired with your words, these quotes are sure to make your loved one feel extra special.