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COURTSHIP
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[ Also see Affection Attention Compliments Coquette Flattery Gallantry Kisses Love Marriage Proposals Romance Vows Wooing ]

Every man in the time of courtship and in the first entrance of marriage, puts on a behavior like my correspondent's holiday suit.
      - Joseph Addison

The pleasantest part of a man's life is generally that which passes in courtship, provided his passion be sincere, and the party beloved kind with discretion. Love, desire, hope, all the pleasing emotions of the soul, rise in the pursuit.
      - Joseph Addison

Tom, hinted at his dislike at some trifle is mistress had said; she asked him how he would talk to her after marriage if he talked at this rate before.
      - Joseph Addison

Into these ears of mine,
  These credulous ears, he pour'd the sweetest words
    That art or love could frame.
      - Francis Beaumont

He that would win his dame must do
  As love does when he draws his bow;
    With one hand thrust the lady from,
      And with the other pull her home.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Who listens once will listen twice; her heart be sure is not of ice, and one refusal no rebuff.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

What a woman says to her lover should be written on air or swift water.
      - Catullus (Caius Quintus Valerius Catullus)

A feast is more fatal to love than a fast.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A town, before it can be plundered and, deserted, must first be taken; and in this particular Venus has borrowed a law from her consort Mars. A woman that wishes to retain her suitor must keep him in the trenches; for this is a siege which the besieger never raises for want of supplies, since a feast is more fatal to love than a fast, and a surfeit than a starvation. Inanition may cause it to die a slow death, but repletion always destroys it by a sudden one.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A woman that wishes to retain her suitor must keep him in the trenches.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A fellow who lives in a windmill has not a more whimsical dwelling than the heart of a man that is lodged in a woman.
      - William Congreve

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
      - William Congreve

O days remember'd well! remember'd all!
  The bitter sweet, the honey and the gall;
    Those garden rambles in the silent night,
      Those trees so shady, and that moon se bright,
        That thickset alley by the arbor clos'd,
          That woodbine seat where we at last repos'd;
            And then the hopes that came and then were gone,
              Quick as the clouds beneath the moon past on.
      - George Crabbe

It is your virtue, being men, to try;
  And it is ours, by virtue to deny.
      - Michael Drayton

Maggie and Stephen were in that stage of courtship which makes the most exquisite moment of youth, the freshest blossom-time of passion,--when each is sure of the other's love, but no formal declaration has been made, and all is mutual divination, exalting the most trivial words, the lightest gestures, into thrills delicate and delicious as wafted jasmine scent.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The Greek epigram intimates that the force of love is not shown by the courting of beauty, but where the like desire is inflamed for one who is ill-favored.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rejected lovers need never despair! There are four-and-twenty hours in a day, and not a moment in the twenty-four in which a woman may not change her mind.
      - J. de Finod

She most attracts who longest can refuse.
      - Aaron Hill

Trust me--with women worth the being won,
  The softest lover ever best succeeds.
      - Aaron Hill

With women worth the being won,
  The softest lover ever best succeeds.
      - Aaron Hill

I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.
      - Washington Irving

A man is in no danger so long as he talks his love; but to write it is to impale himself on his own pothooks.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

There is, sir, a critical minute in
  Ev'ry man's wooing, when his mistress may
    Be won, which if he carelessly neglect
      To prosecute, he may wait long enough
        Before he gain the like opportunity.
      - Shackerley Marmion (Shakerley Marmion)

The days just prior to marriage are like a snappy introduction to a tedious book.
      - Wilson Mizner


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