10 Valentine Messages That Aren’t Cheesy

A lot of people out there (think songwriters, screenwriters and authors) fancy themselves wordsmiths capable of stringing together beautiful, love-filled lines. But let’s be honest, plenty of them fall flat and inspire feelings more closely related to indigestion than tear-jerking romance.

Now, you’re certainly not a poet—and boy do you know it. But don’t worry, we’re here to provide you with some sample valentine messages (no “You complete me” schmaltz in sight) to gather some inspiration from or to straight-up copy word for word. Your call.

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1. “I just wanna be friends. Plus, a little extra. Also, I love you.” —Dwight to Angela, The Office

2. “The thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.” —Mark to Bridget, Bridget Jones’s Diary

3. “She is the only evidence of God I have seen with the exception of the mysterious force that removes one sock from the dryer every time I do my laundry.” —Kirby, St. Elmo’s Fire

4. "Here is the church and here is the steeple

We sure are cute for two ugly people

I don’t see what anyone can see

In anyone else but you.”

— The Moldy Peaches, “Anyone Else But You”

5. “I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I’m sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck.” —Pat to Tiffany, Silver Linings Playbook

6. “I’m in love with you…’Cause you’re, like, the coolest person I’ve ever met, and you don’teven have to try, you know?” —Juno to Paulie, Juno 

7. “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” —Harry to Sally, When Harry Met Sally

8. “She makes the bass drop…in my heart.” —Jason, The Good Place

9. “I’d buy you Rogaine

When you start losing all your hair

Sew on patches to all you tear

’Cause I love you more than I could ever promise

And you take me the way I am.”

—Ingrid Michaelson, “The Way I Am”

10. “When you’re a kid, you assume your parents are soul mates. My kids are going to be right about that.” —Pam, The Office

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