One of the Best Speeches About Love

This little monologue is from Stardust starring Claire Danes and Charlie Cox. It is said by Dane’s character Yvaine. I won’t spoil too much of the plot, but it is a very sweet story about two people who go from loathing each other to loving each other. I love this bit so much because I found it to be extremely accurate in terms of what love feels like, and what it feels like to be so utterly devoted to someone. I’ve got this whole bit memorized for no particular reason except that I find it beautifully written, and easy for us all to relate to. So here it is:

You know when I said that I knew little about love? Well, that wasn’t true. I know a lot about love. I’ve seen it, centuries and centuries of it. And it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars, pain and lies, hate; made me want to turn away and never look down again. But to see the way that mankind loves! I mean, you could search the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So, yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable, and well, strangely easy to mistake for loathing. And, what I’m trying to say Tristan, is… I think I love you. My heart, it feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it doesn’t belong to me anymore. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange. No gifts, no goods, no demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you love me too. Just your heart in exchange for mine.

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