Quotations About / On: ROMANTIC
... the whole tenour of female education ... tends to render the best disposed romantic and inconstant; and the remainder vain and mean.
(Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), British feminist. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, ch. 4 (1792).)
What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts.
(Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. lecture, Nov. 1969, Turin. "Cybernetics and Ghosts," The Literature Machine (1987).)
By all but the pathologically romantic, it is now recognized that this is not the age of the small man.
(John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The New Industrial State, ch. 3 (1967).)
Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).)
It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to.
(Edgar Z. Friedenberg (b. 1921), U.S. sociologist. Title chapter, The Vanishing Adolescent (1959).)
My mind no longer has romantic abysses, but has become shallow, with many little gaps and cracks.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
The writing career is not a romantic one. The writer's life may be colorful, but his work itself is rather drab.
(Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958), U.S. novelist. My Story, ch. 53 (1931).)
Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in. Embark, and the romance quits our vessel, and hangs on every other sail in the horizon.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Experience," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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).)
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).)