Literary Men Who Have Taken Our Breath Away

1. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)


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Jane Austen

The quote: “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever.”

2. George Emerson (A Room with a View)


E.M. Forster

The quote: “It is fate that I am here but you can call it Italy if it makes you less unhappy.”

3. Giacomo Casanova ( History of my Life Giacomo )



The quote: “As for women, I have always found that the one I was in love with smelled good, and the more copious her sweat the sweeter I found it.”

4. Edmond Dantès ( The Count of Monte Cristo )


Alexander Dumas

The quote: “I, who have also been betrayed, assassinated and cast into a tomb, I have emerged from that tomb by the grace of God and I owe it to God to take my revenge. He sent me for that purpose. Here I am.”

5. Prince Charming (Cinderella)


Grimm Brothers

The quote: “No one shall be my wife but she whose foot this golden slipper fits.”

6. Rhett Butler (Gone with the Wind)


Margaret Mitchell

The quote: “You need kissing badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. All your beaux have respected you too much, though God knows why, or they have been too afraid of you to really do right by you. The result is that you are unendurably uppity. You should be kissed and by someone who knows how.”

7. Edward Fairfax Rochester (Jane Eyre)


Charlotte Brontë

The quote: “I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you: their expression and smile did not – did not strike delight to my very inmost heart so for nothing.”

8. Prince Hamlet (Hamlet)


William Shakespeare

The quote: “To be or not to be-that is the question: Whether It’s nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and, by opposing, end them.”

9. Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)


Emily Brontë

The quote: ““If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years, as I could in a day.”

10. Captain Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion)


Jane Austen

The quote: “A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.”

11. Oliver Mellors (Lady Chatterley’s Lover)



The quote:“Well, so many words, because I can’t touch you. If I could sleep with my arms around you, the ink could stay in the bottle.”

12. Theodore “Laurie” Laurence (Little Women)


Louisa May Alcott

The quote: “I worked hard to please you, and I gave up billiards and everything you didn’t like, and waited and never complained, for I hoped you’d love me, though I’m not half good enough.”

13. John Thornton (North and South)


Elizabeth Gaskell

The quote: “Oh! Margaret, could you not have loved me? I am but uncouth and hard, but I would never have led you into any falsehood for me.”

14. Jay Gatsby ( The Great Gatsby)


F. Scott Fitzgerald

The quote: “I keep it always full of interesting people, night and day. People who do interesting things. Celebrated people.”

15. Romeo Montague ( Romeo and Juliet )


William Shakespeare

The quote: “Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again.”

16. Sherlock Holmes ( The Complete Sherlock Holmes )


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The quote: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”

17. Edward Cullen (Breaking Dawn)


Stephenie Meyer

The quote: “No measure of time with you will be long enough. But let’s start with forever.”

18. Vicomte De Valmont (The Dangerous Liaisons)


Choderlos de Laclos

The quote: “One has lived long enough if one has had time to win the love of women and the esteem of men.”