Brieven schrijven doen we nog weinig tegenwoordig. Jammer eigenlijk, want een handgeschreven brief is wel zo persoonlijk en attent. De mooiste soort brieven zijn misschien wel liefdesbrieven. Lees hier 10 mooie liefdesbrieven van bekende mensen en wie weet raak je geïnspireerd om zelf ook weer eens pen en papier te pakken.

1. Johnny Cash aan zijn vrouw June Carter (1994)

“We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.”

2. Winston Churchill aan zijn vrouw June Carter (1935)

“My darling Clemmie, in your letter from Madras you wrote some words very dear to me, about having enriched your life. I cannot tell you what pleasure this gave me, because I always feel so overwhelmingly in your debt, if there can be accounts in love.”

3. John Keats aan zijn buurvrouw Fanny Brawne (1819)

“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.”

4. Ernest Hemingway aan Marlene Dietrich (1951)

I can’t say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home.”

5. Napoleon Bonaparte aan Josephine de Beauharnais (1796)

“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.”

6. Richard Burton aan Elizabeth Taylor (1964)

“My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you. You don’t realize of course, E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.”

7. Koning Henry VIII aan Anne Boleyn (1527)

“I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us. Necessity compels me to obtain this answer, having been more than a year wounded by the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail or find a place in your affection.”

8. Beethoven aan zijn mysterieuze, onbekende ‘eeuwige geliefde‘ (1812)

“Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm-love me-today-yesterday-what tearful longings for you-you-you-my life-my all-farewell. Oh continue to love me-never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.”

9. Gerald Ford aan zijn vrouw Betty Ford nadat zij gediagnosticeerd met borstkanker (1974)

“No written words can adequately express our deep, deep love. We know how great you are and we, the children and Dad, will try to be as strong as you. Our Faith in you and God will sustain us. Our total love for you is everlasting.”

10. Jimi Hendrix aan zijn ‘little girl‘ (datum onbekend)

“Happiness is within you*. so unlock the chains from your heart and let yourself grow like the sweet flower you are*..I know the answer – Just spread your wings and set yourself FREE.”

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