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Quotations About / On: ROMANTIC

  • 11.
    It is hard to speak of sex without being clinical, brutal, or romantic.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 12.
    It is better to have a prosaic husband and to take a romantic lover.
    (Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. "Various Fragments," sct. 10, De l'Amour (1822).)
  • 13.
    Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.
    (James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Stephen Hero, episode 26, New Directions (1944). Stephen Daedalus is the speaker in this passage from Joyce's unfinished manuscript, Stephen Hero. Less than half the manuscript exists, and it was published only after Joyce's death.)
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  • 14.
    He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Catherine Wheel, in "The Remarkable Rocket," The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888).)
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  • 15.
    You can be as romantic as you please about love, Hector; but you mustn't be romantic about money.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1903). Violet, in Man and Superman, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
  • 16.
    Classical art, in a word, stands for form; romantic art for content. The romantic artist expects people to ask, What has he got to say? The classical artist expects them to ask, How does he say it?
    (R.G. (Robin George) Collingwood (1889-1943), British philosopher. "Form and Content in Art," Essays in the Philosophy of Art, Indiana University Press (1964).)
  • 17.
    It may be romantic to search for the salves of society's ills in slow-moving rustic surroundings, or among innocent, unspoiled provincials, if such exist, but it is a waste of time.
    (Jane Jacobs (b. 1916), U.S. urban analyst. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ch. 22 (1961). Jacobs lived in the lively, diverse Greenwich Village section of Manhattan (New York City).)
    More quotations from: Jane Jacobs, romantic, time
  • 18.
    I am none of those nonsensical fools that can whine and make romantic love—I leave that to younger brothers. Let my estate speak for me.
    (Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), British novelist. Cynthia's suitor, in The Adventures of David Simple, bk. 2, ch. 6 (1744).)
  • 19.
    The sickness of our times for me has been just this damn thing that everything has been getting smaller and smaller and less and less important, that the romantic spirit has dried up, that there is no shame today.... We're all getting so mean and small and petty and ridiculous, and we all live under the threat of extermination.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. repr. In Conversations with Norman Mailer, ed. J. Michael Lennon (1988). "Hip, Hell, and the Navigator," no. 23, Western Review (Winter 1959).)
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  • 20.
    If you describe things as better than they are, you are considered to be a romantic; if you describe things as worse than they are, you will be called a realist; and if you describe things exactly as they are, you will be thought of as a satirist.
    (Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 24 (1968).)
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