It is no surprise that Nicholas Sparks makes his readers cry like a baby while longing for more. His timeless classic and emotional rollercoaster, ‘The Notebook’ is no different.
The fans who were in awe of Sparks’ powerful words and narration still carry The Notebook quotes that pulled at their hearts. Not to mention, the movie adaption of Noah and Allie’s story played by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams(1) gave the book a whole new level of a fan base who believes “it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.”
The ongoing chemistry between them was so beautiful that they stole hearts while the breathtaking setting kept the viewers captivated by its beauty until the end. But even after 16 years, the words are still the star of the show.
‘The Notebook’ Quotes!
I am reminded daily that I don’t have a romantic bone in me and I am not even least surprised as I practically barf over sappy books and movies with cheesier, cliche lines and have stayed clear of them almost all the time. I didn’t read or watch The Notebook — for obvious reasons — until recently. Oddly (ignoring the scenes I didn’t like), to say that I was surprised would clearly be an understatement. As I am a sucker for tragedy, I do enjoy shedding a few tears and The Notebook did it all for me.
Noah Calhoun gave me a few ideal qualities I should look for in a partner, albeit dreamy because almost everything he did seemed too good to be true. The way they found each other at the end is a perfect storyline for a fairytale. Nevertheless, Noah and Allie showed us to acknowledge that love is ultimately a struggle.
A struggle worth fighting for. Tugging at our heartstrings with countless quotes that can make any woman swoon and think, The Notebook certainly has set the bar too high for a love story. One of many such gut punches of The Notebook that stayed with me is “read this to me, and I will come back to you.” This inscription to the notebook was shown at the end of the movie revealing Allie wrote it for Noah to read to her. Cue the gushing!
The Notebook; A Summer Romance That Lasted A Lifetime
It was indeed a summer romance that turned too sweet to handle considering how the older Noah continued to help Allie fall in love with him again, and again until the end. From quotes that could make you feel hopelessly romantic (or lonely if you are single) to quotes that you could add to your wedding vows, here are our 15 favorite The Notebook quotes(2), 24 years later. You must reread them even if they give unrealistic expectations, because why not?!
Disclaimer: As there are so many beautiful quotes, it was hard to choose a few to list. But, we did our best!
“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”
This is an iconic and most quotable line from The Notebook to this day. Although it doesn’t make much sense, it might be Noah’s promise to be anything Allie wanted. A promise of “I will be whatever you are.” He reminds her that they are in this together and he will be what she needs him to be.
“You tell me when I am being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell you when you are a pain in the ass. Which you are, 99% of the time. I’m not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a 2-second rebound rate, then you’re back doing the next pain-in-the-ass thing.”
I like how these realistic words of Noah are highly relatable. Because, in the end, we all need someone who can put up with our “pain-in-the-ass” moments. Don’t we?
“Stop thinking about what I want, what he wants, what your parents want. What do you want?
You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.”
This is more than just a dramatic, romantic quote. In fact, this is a powerful reminder from The Notebook that all of us should take note of. Noah reminds Allie to think about herself and follow her own desires. Ultimately, our choices must be what we want and what is right for us. Not for others.
“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.”
Another one of Noah’s incredible words that have taken many hearts along with Allie’s.
“The best of love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more; that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.”
This quote speaks about the feeling of love and how it impacts people. More than that, it reflects on how true love is not just passion but peace as well. It must inspire people to want and be more and Noah’s and Allie’s love for each other was just that. And more.
“I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote to you every day for a year. It wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.”
A man who would write you 365 handwritten letters? Get me more than one, please! Another iconic quote from The Notebook that just proves Noah is worthy of another chance. One thing everyone remembers from the movie is how Noah wrote her letters for a year and he yells this at her followed by that iconic kiss.
“Do you think our love can take us away together?”
“I think our love can do anything we want to.”
Cue the waterworks! This was a sweet scene right after Allie remembers Noah for a brief moment before their love actually did what they wanted it to.
“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.”
If somebody said this to you, you would have swooned then and there. Right? Now, imagine Ryan Gosling saying this to you? The theatre must have swooned.
“She made me who I am and holding her in my arms was more natural to me than my own heartbeat.”
Noah is better at expressing his love than any other lover we know. More like, Nicholas Sparks sure knows how to throw right at our feels!
“Noah is, also, left with the belief that miracles, no matter how inexplicable or unbelievable, are real and can occur without regard to the natural order of things.”
Noah’s belief in miracles brought a miracle right in front of his eyes. Miracles happen every day but we cloud them with other feelings and fail to witness them.
“It was real, wasn’t it? You and me.”
Despite the time and distance, the feelings Allie and Noah had for each other were stronger than they’d imagined. Yes, they were young, but that doesn’t mean the love wasn’t real.
“Sometimes we need to be apart to understand just how much we truly love each other.”
“The scariest thing about distance is that you don’t know whether they’ll miss you or forget you.”
This quote in The Notebook about distance is another piece of advice to each of us. Time spent apart can either make your relationship or break it. Unlike Noah and Allie who find their way back to each other, chances of our stories ending the same are close to slim.
“It’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard.”
Another piece of advice for people who think relationships are easy to take care of. Not any relationship is easy to handle. It is always going to be hard but in the end, what matters is whether you are ready to work at it or not. And with whom you are choosing to work, of course.
“But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other.”
Relationships do not always sail smoothly. As Noah’s and Allie’s personalities crash from time to time, they don’t often agree and fight over so many matters.
They challenged each other. But that was not entirely a bad thing. A relationship is not good just because the couple doesn’t fight. It is good when the couple is ready to work out the issues despite the amount of fighting.
“What are we after all our dreams, after all our memories?”
We will leave you with this final quote from The Notebook. Ask yourself, what are we?
The Notebook not only has romantic quotes but life advice as well that all of us can consider while taking care of our relationships. Being a morose reader myself, one thing I like and dislike in Sparks’ books is how he adamantly makes us love a character and mercilessly kills them at the end — and how I enjoy it while being sad (is that even normal?).
Thankfully, he gives the famous Noah and Allie a wholesome ending they truly deserved, albeit unrealistic. If you haven’t devoured The Notebook yet, you should grab a bowl of popcorn and Kleenex and start at it already! Get sappy for two hours straight!