Russian Love Phrases



The most common of all Russian love phrases is "Я тебя люблю" (Ya tibia liubliu - "I love you"). However, if you want to show originality, equip yourself with the following love phrases from Russian poetry. Be inspired and use them creatively to express your feelings to your beloved ones.

Here you will find Russian originals along with phonetic transliterations (actual pronunciation of Russian words) and translations into English. Red bold letters show where the stress comes in a Russian word. The sign ' near a consonant means that the consonant is soft.

So, Russian love phrases... Guess who will be the first to be quoted. Of course, the most distinguished poet of Russia Alexander Pushkin.

1

Я помню чудное мгновенье:

Передо мной явилась ты,

Как мимолетное виденье,

Как гений чистой красоты.

В томленьях грусти безнадежной,

В тревогах шумной суеты

Звучал мне долго голос нежный

И снились милые черты.
Ya pomniu chuudnae mgnaven'e:

Pereda mnoi yavilas' ty,

Kak mimaliotnae viden'e

Kak genii chistai krasaty.

V tamlen'akh grusti beznadezhnai,

V trivogakh shumnai suety

Zvuchal mne dolga golas nezhnyi

I snilis' milye cherty.
I recollect a wondrous instant

When I beheld you manifest:

You like a fleeting apparition,

Like beauty's genius at its best.

Oppressed by hopeless desolation,

Depressed by booming cares and days,

My ears adored your voice's kindness,

My dreams sought out your gentle face.

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2

Мой голос для тебя и ласковый и томный

Тревожит позднее молчанье ночи темной.

Близ ложа моего печальная свеча

Горит; мои стихи, сливаясь и журча,

Текут, ручьи любви, текут, полны тобою.

Во тьме твои глаза блистают предо мною,

Мне улыбаются, и звуки слышу я:

Мой друг, мой нежный друг... люблю... твоя... твоя!..
Moi golas dlia tibia i laskavyi i tomnyi

Trivozhyt poznee malchan'e nochi tiomnai.

Bliz' lozha maevo pechal'naia svecha

Garit; mai stikhi, slivaias' i zhurcha,

Tikut, ruch'i liubvi, tikut, palny taboiu.

Va t'me tvai glaza blistaiut preda mnoiu,

Mne ulybaiutsa, i zvuki slyshu ya:

Moi drug, moi neznyi drug… liubliu… tvaia… tvaia!..
My voice for you is languid, low and light,

Troubling the silence of the dark, late night.

A sullen candle at the pillow's verge

Glows; and my verses murmurously merge

And gush; the brooks of love flow full of you

And in the darkness that your eyes shine through

To smile at me, there is a sound I hear:

I'm yours....I'm yours....my dear...my only dear.

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3



Я вас любил: любовь еще, быть может,

В душе моей угасла не совсем;

Но пусть она вас больше не тревожит;

Я не хочу печалить вас ничем.

Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно,

То робостью, то ревностью томим;

Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно,

Как дай вам бог любимой быть другим.
Ya vas liubil: liubof' yeschio, byt' mozhet,

V dushe maei ugasla ne savsem;

No pust' ana vas bol'she ne trivozhyt;

Ya ne khachu pichalit' vas nichem.

Ya vas liubil bezmolvna, beznadezhna,

To robast'u, to revnast'u tamim;

Ya vas liubil tak iskrenna, tak nezhna,

Kak dai vam bog liubimoi byt' drugim.
I loved you once: and maybe even now

Love, smoldering in my soul, has not quite ceased,

But it has troubled you for long enough.

I do not want to grieve you in the least.

I loved you once so futilely, so mutely,

Stricken with shy fear, galled by jealous pain.

I loved you once as dearly, as sincerely

As you shall be, god willing, loved again.

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Russian love phrases from poetry of O. A. Sedakova

Ты знаешь, я так тебя люблю,

что если час придет

и поведет меня от тебя,

то он не уведет -

как будто можно забыть огонь?

как будто можно забыть

о том, что счастье так хочет быть

и горе хочет не быть?
Ty znaiesh, ya tak tibia liubliu,

shta esli chas pridiot

i pavediot minia at tibia,

to on ne uvediot –

kak butta mozhna zabyt' agon'?

kak butta mozhna zabyt'

a tom, shta schast'e tak khochet byt'

i gore khochet ne byt'?
You know, I love you so much

that should there come a day

when I am taken from you,

it will not take me away -

as if anyone could forget fire?

as if anyone could forget

that happiness wants to be

and unhappiness wants not to be?

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Russian love phrases from poetry of V. V. Mayakovsky

1

Кроме любви твоей,

мне нету солнца,

а я и не знаю, где ты и с кем.
Krome liubvi tvaei,

mne netu sontsa,

a ya i ne znaiu, gde ty i s kem.
Besides your love

I have no sun,

but I don't even know where you are and with whom.

2

…мне

ни один не радостен звон,

кроме звона твоего любимого имени.
…mne

ni adin ne radasten zvon,

krome zvona tvaevo liubimava imeni.
…for me

no sound is joyous

but the sound of your beloved name.

3

Завтра забудешь,

что тебя короновал,

что душу цветущую любовью выжег…
Zavtra zabudish,

shta tibia karanaval,

shta dushu tsvetuschuiu liuboviu vyzheg…
Tomorrow you'll forget

that I have crowned you,

that I burned my flowering soul with love…

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Russian love phrases from poetry of B. L. Pasternak

Любить иных - тяжелый крест,

А ты прекрасна без извилин,

И прелести твоей секрет

Разгадке жизни равносилен.
Liubit' inykh – tiazholyi krest,

A ty prikrasna bez izvilin,

I prelesti tvaei sikret

Razgadke zhyzni ravnasilen.
To love some is a heavy cross,

But you are lovely without twists,

And the secret of your charm

Is equal to the mystery of life.

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Russian love phrases from poetry of V. I. Ivanov

Мы - два грозой зажженные ствола,

Два пламени полуночного бора;

Мы - два а ночи летящих метеора,

Одной судьбы двужалая стрела!
My – dva grazoi zazhonnyie stvala,

Dva plameni palunachnava bora;

My – dva v nachi letiaschikh meteora,

Adnoi sud'by dvuzhylaia strela!
We are two trunks ignited by lightning

Two flames in the midnight forest;

We are two meteors flying in the night,

The double-stinging arrow of a single fate!

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Russian love phrases from poetry of A. A. Blok
English translations by Alec Vagapov

1

Люблю Тебя, Ангел-Хранитель во мгле.

Во мгле, что со мною всегда на земле.

За то, что ты светлой невестой была,

За то, что ты тайну мою отняла.

За то, что связала нас тайна и ночь,

Что ты мне сестра, и невеста, и дочь.

За то, что нам долгая жизнь суждена,

О, даже за то, что мы - муж и жена!
Libliu tibia, Angel-Khranitel' va mgle.

Va mgle, shta sa mnoiu vsigda na zimle.

Za to, shta ty svetlai nivestai byla,

Za to, shta ty tainu maiu atniala.

Za to, shta sviazala nas taina i noch',

Shta ty mne sistra, i nivesta, i doch'.

Za to, shta nam dolgaia zhyzn' suzhdena,

O, dazhe za to, shta my – muzh i zhena!
I love you, my Guardian Angel, you are

A sparkle in darkness, my guiding star.

I love you because you're my fair bride,

Because of my secrets you have deprived.

Because we are bound by secret and night,

Because you're my mother, my daughter, my bride.

I love you because we are destined in life

To be ever together as husband and wife.

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2

Мы были вместе, помню я...

Ночь волновалась, скрипка пела...

Ты в эти дни была - моя,

Ты с каждым часом хорошела...

Сквозь тихое журчанье струй,

Сквозь тайну женственной улыбки

К устам просился поцелуй,

Просились в сердце звуки скрипки...
My byli vmeste, pomniu ya…

Noch' valnavalas', skripka pela…

Ty v eti dni byla – maia,

Ty s kazhdym chasam kharashela…

Skvoz' tikhae zhurchan'e strui,

Skvoz' tainu zhenstvennai ulypki

K ustam prasilsia pastelui,

Prasilis' v sertse zvuki skripki…
We were together, I recall...

The night was thrilled, the fiddle singing...

You were mine, my kindly soul,

The loveliest of all in being....

Through murmur of the brook in peace,

Through the mysterious female giggle

The lips were longing for a kiss,

The heart for sound of the fiddle...

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