Quotations About / On: ROMANCE
While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Quoted in Dramatic Review (London, May 23, 1885).)
The realism of failure, the romance of success.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
Romance is everything.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published by Payson & Clark (1928). "Advertisement," Useful Knowledge, Station Hill Press (1988).)
I want the concentration & the romance, & the words all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.
(Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 2, entry for August 15, 1924, ed. Anne O. Bell (1978).)
Nothing was explained, and yet there was no romance.
(E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. A Passage to India, pt. II, ch. 14 (1924).)
The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.
(Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist, essayist, and diarist. The Common Reader, ch. 21 (1925).)
Romance is tempestuous. Love is calm.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
Lies, fables and romances must needs be probable, but not the truth and foundation of our faith.
(Johann G. Hamann (1730-1788), German religious philosopher. Band I, p. 406, Schriften, ed. F. Roth, Berlin (1821-1843).)
The language of pornography is abusive, that of romance adoring. Both are addressed to a fetish.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
Family romances are the only ones that never turn out happily.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)