Valentine’s Day customs developed in early modern England and spread throughout the Anglosphere in the 19th century.
In the later 20th and early 21st centuries, these customs have also spread to other countries along with other aspects of American pop culture, but its impact so far has been rather more limited than that of Halloween, or that of US pop-culture inspired aspects of Christmas (such as Santa Claus).
Tree at Valentine’s Day with hearts
Due to a concentrated marketing effort, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in some East Asian countries with Chinese and South Koreans spending the most money on Valentine’s gifts.
When love is not madness, it is not love.
– Pedro Calderon de la Barca
I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.
Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.
A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
– Henry Van Dyke
I’ve fallen in love many times… always with you.
What I need to live has been given to me by the earth. Why I need to live has been given to me by you.
Love is a game that two can play and both win.
– Eva Gabor
Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.
– Kay Knudsen
Love would never be a promise of a rose garden unless it is showered with light of faith, water of sincerity and air of passion.
Sometimes we make love with our eyes. Sometimes we make love with our hands. Sometimes we make love with our bodies. Always we make love with our hearts.
If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.
You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without.
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
– Ingrid Bergman
I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
– Henry Ward Beecher