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In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes.
      - Elizabeth Ashley

She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older--the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.
      - Jane Austen, Persuasion (ch. 4)

There will always be romance in the world so long as there are young hearts in it.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

I despair of ever receiving the same degree of pleasure from the most exalted performances of genius which I felt in childhood from pieces which my present judgment regards as trifling and contemptible.
      - Edmund Burke

Romances paint at full length people's wooings,
  But only give a bust of marriages:
    For no one cares for matrimonial cooings.
      There's nothing wrong in a connubial kiss.
        Think you, if Laura had been Petrarch's wife,
          He would have written sonnets all his life?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto III, st. 8)

Parent of golden dreams, Romance!
  Auspicious queen of childish joys,
    Who lead'st along, in airy dance,
      Thy votive train of girls and boys.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        To Romance

Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

In the meanest hut is a romance, if you knew the hearts there.
      - Karl August Varnhagen von Ense

Imagination, whatever may be said to the contrary, will always hold a place in history, as truth does in romance. Has not romance been penned with history in view?
      - Arsene Houssaye

The twilight that surrounds the border-land of old romance.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

He loved the twilight that surrounds
  The border-land of old romance;
    Where glitter hauberk, helm, and lance,
      And banner waves, and trumpet sounds,
        And ladies ride with hawk on wrist,
          And mighty warriors sweep along,
            Magnified by the purple mist,
              The dusk of centuries and of song.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Prelude to Tales of a Wayside Inn
         (pt. V, l. 130)

Romance is the poetry of literature.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

In this commonplace world every one is said to be romantic who either admires a fine thing or does one.
      - Alexander Pope

Romances, in general are calculated rather to fire the imagination than to inform the judgment.
      - Samuel Richardson

Romance is always young.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Romance is the truth of imagination and boyhood. Homer's horses clear the world at a bound. The child's eye needs no horizon to its prospect. The oriental tale is not too vast. Pearls dropping from trees are only falling leaves in autumn. The palace that grew up in a night merely awakens a wish to live in it. The impossibilities of fifty years are the commonplaces of five.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

What philosopher of the schoolroom, with the mental dowry of four summers, ever questions the power of the wand that opened the dark eyes of the beautiful princess, or subtracts a single inch from the stride of seven leagues?
      - Robert Aris Willmott

Lady of the Mere,
  Sole-sitting by the shores of old romance.
      - William Wordsworth,
        A Narrow Girdle of Rough Stones and Crags

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