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A beautiful letter will stand more than the test of time, and today we take you back and show you three letters that were chosen as some of the most beautiful love letters of all time.

Do you remember the love letters of yesterday?

Our favourite of all of them was Johnny Cash’s letter to his wife on her 65th birthday.  It reads:

1. Johnny Cash wrote a letter to his wife June Carter Cash wishing her a happy 65th birthday (1994)

Happy Birthday Princess,

We get old and get use 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. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

2. Winston Churchill professes his undying love to  Clementine Churchill (1935)

My darling Clemmie,

… you wrote some words very dear to me, about my 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… What it has been to me to live all these years in your heart and companionship no phrases can convey.

Time passes swiftly, but is it not joyous to see how great and growing is the treasure we have gathered together, amid the storms and stresses of so many eventful and, to millions, tragic and terrible years?…

With tender love from your devoted,



Richard Burton tells Elizabeth Taylor she is beautiful (1964)

‘I lust after your smell … and your round belly and the exquisite softness of the inside of your thighs and your baby-bottom and your giving lips & the half-hostile look in your eyes when you’re deep in rut with your little Welsh stallion.

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

‘Your breasts jutting out from that half-asleep languid lingering body, the remote eyes, the parted lips.’ Here is a glimpse, too, of his remorse after his alcoholism and reckless infidelity destroyed her trust.

‘I know I’m a terrible liar sometimes, but please believe that I have never betrayed either in word or deed the physical you or the mental you. I simply love you too much. I flatter and am flattered and both too easily. It’s only a question of booze. I behaved like an idiot … I deserve all the injury that you can inflict, and I will take it as long as you stay with me — Husbs (I hope).’


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I have a shoe box full of letters written by my hubby in the years before we married. He passed away 12yrs ago, & these letters have been a huge comfort with all our memories. Unlike today with texts which are abbreviated & then gone forever.

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    • I wish I had letters from my grandparents to touch & read when I miss them. I’m glad you have that comfort.

    • thank you Kathy. I also have letters from my father to my mother dated back to 1935. They wrote beautiful words way back then.

    • I have Mums last letter to me and 2 of her Christmas Cads which I bring out every Christmas and talk to her.

    • I too have a box full of love letters from my darling late husband
      They give me such comfort (and a lot of tears). He was the most beautiful person and I loved him so much

  2. My mother & father wrote hundreds of letters during Korea and Vietnam. I have them all. My dad was a journalist and continued to correspond by letter until he passed 8 years ago. It’s a lost art.

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  3. Still have some letters, cards from each other even a couple of tape recordings…just beautiful and comforting to look back on😊

  4. My husband wrote a beautiful poem to me on our 20th Anniversary. Quite unexpected as he had never been a romantic man at all. I have held it and savoured it even though he left over 5 years ago now but what broke my heart is when he recently ‘bastardized it and gave a version of it to the tart he cheated on me with.
    Nothing is sacred and nothing left. I guess everything is an illusion that we create for ourselves so we stay even when we should be long gone!

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  5. I have every card and letter my Husband of 34 years ever sent me. I hope we have many more happy and healthy years ahead. ,3

  6. I’m a saver of all letters and cards, I love looking at them and reading them, it’s such a personal thing, I love and recognise their hand writing. And now I have my letters I sent to them as they have passed on. I have my husbands too.

  7. my darling leaves me notes…can you
    pick up some breakfast cereal ….just drop into the garage ..get them to check the transmission fluid ..🙀…

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