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Quotes About Courtship

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Dorothy Parker
“By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing.
And he vows his passion is,
Infinite, undying.
Lady make note of this --
One of you is lying.”
Dorothy Parker

Charles Bukowski
“I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn't a nightmare.”
Charles Bukowski, The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship

Criss Jami
“To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Drew Barrymore
“Kissing - and I mean like, yummy, smacking kissing - is the most delicious, most beautiful and passionate thing that two people can do, bar none. Better than sex, hands down.”
Drew Barrymore

William Shakespeare
“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Jane Austen
“I have been used to consider poetry as "the food of love" said Darcy.

"Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Everything nourishes what is
strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I
am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

William Shakespeare
“Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
“Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted: and I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none.

Beatrice: A dear happiness to women: they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me. -Much Ado About Nothing”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Lisa Kleypas
“And Poppy, remember that someday you will meet a frog who will turn into a handsome prince."

"Good," Beatrix said. "Because all she's met so far are princes who turn into frogs."

"Mr. Bayning is not a frog," Poppy protested.

"You're right," Beatrix said. "That was very unfair to frogs, who are lovely creatures.”
Lisa Kleypas, Tempt Me at Twilight

Shannon L. Alder
“Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
Shannon L. Alder

Richelle Mead
“You might be surrounded by clouds, but you'll be like sunshine to me.”
Richelle Mead, Shadow Kiss

Simone de Beauvoir
“To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir
“Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen.”
Simone de Beauvoir

Dodie Smith
“There is something revolting about the way girls' minds so often jump to marriage long before they jump to love.”
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Charlotte Brontë
“I am anchored on a resolve you cannot shake. My heart, my conscience shall dispose of my hand -- they only. Know this at last.”
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

William Shakespeare
“Time goes on crutches till love have all his rites.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Washington Irving
“I profess not to know how women’s hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration. Some seem to have but one vulnerable point, or door of access; while others have a thousand avenues, and may be captured in a thousand different ways. It is a great triumph of skill to gain the former, but a still greater proof of generalship to maintain possession of the latter, for man must battle for his fortress at every door and window. He who wins a thousand common hearts is therefore entitled to some renown; but he who keeps undisputed sway over the heart of a coquette is indeed a hero.”
Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Charlotte Brontë
“No: I shall not marry Samuel Fawthrop Wynne."

"I ask why? I must have a reason. In all respects he is more than worthy of you."

She stood on the hearth; she was pale as the white marble slab and cornice behind her; her eyes flashed large, dilated, unsmiling.

"And I ask in what sense that young man is worthy of me?”
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

William Shakespeare
“Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make curtsy and say 'Father, as it please you.' But yet for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fellow, or else make another curtsy and say 'Father, as it please me.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Julia Quinn
“Miranda was nineteen. Her experience with men consisted of Winston and himself. Both of whom had
heretofore been brotherly figures. The poor girl must be confused as hell. Winston had suddenly decided
that she was Venus, Queen Elizabeth, and the Virgin Mary all rolled into one,and Turner had all but
forced himself on her. Not exactly an average day in the life of a young country miss”
Julia Quinn, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

Charlotte Brontë
“What tale do you like best to hear?' 'Oh, I have not much choice! They generally run on the same theme - courtship; and promise to end in the same catastrophe - marriage.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!
And yet they seem alive and quivering
Against my tremulous hands which loose the string
And let them drop down on my knee to-night.
This said, -- he wished to have me in his sight
Once, as a friend: this fixed a day in spring
To come and touch my hand ... a simple thing,
Yet I wept for it! -- this, ... the paper's light ...
Said, Dear I love thee; and I sank and quailed
As if God's future thundered on my past.
This said, I am thine -- and so its ink has paled
With lying at my heart that beat too fast.
And this ... O Love, thy words have ill availed
If, what this said, I dared repeat at last!”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese

“Jack shook his head. 'Books. What is it with women and books? My sisters were the same. They were always buying books for boys they fancied.'
Ellie bent down and picked up the stone and put it on the table. 'It's like sending a love letter without having to write it yourself,' she said softly.”
Hazel Osmond, Who's Afraid of Mr Wolfe?

William Shakespeare
“Wooing, wedding, and repenting is as a Scotch jig, a measure, and a cinque-pace: the first suit is hot and hasty like a Scotch jig--and full as fantastical; the wedding, mannerly modest, as a measure, full of state and ancientry; and then comes repentance and with his bad legs falls into the cinque-pace faster and faster, till he sink into his grave.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Lynn Kurland
“What is wrong with the [tale of] Two Swords?" he asked, even more surprised. "Don't you care for it?"
"There is too bloody much romance in it," she said curtly.
Ah, well, here was the crux of it, apparently. "Don't you like romance?" he ventured.
She looked as though she were trying to decide if she should weep or, as he had earlier predicted, stick him with whatever blade she could lay her, hand on. "I don't know," she said briskly.
"I see," he said, though he didn't. He wished, absently, that he'd had at least one sister. He was very well versed in what constituted courtly behavior and appropriate formal wooing practices, thanks to his father's insistence on many such lectures delivered by a dour man whose only acquaintance with women had likely come from reading about them in a book, but he had absolutely no idea how to proceed with a woman whose first instinct when faced with something that made her uncomfortable was to draw her sword.
...
"I'll stop provoking you, but I will have the answer to a question. Why do you think most men woo?"
"Because they have no sword skill and need something with which to occupy their time?”
Lynn Kurland, The Mage's Daughter

Christopher Moore
“They were both lean and blond and weather-beaten, and one evening, as they were portaging gear from their respective Zodiacs, Libby unzipped her survival suit and tied the sleeves around her waist so she could move more freely. Nate said, "You look good in that."

No one, absolutely no one, looks good in a survival suit (unless a Day-Glo orange marshmallow man is your idea of a hot date), but Libby didn't even make the effort to roll her eyes. "I have vodka and a shower in my cabin," she said.

"I have a shower in my cabin, too," Nate said.

Libby just shook her head and trudged up the path to the lodge. Over her shoulder she called, "In five minutes, there's going to be a naked woman in my shower. You got one of those?"

"Oh," said Nate.”
Christopher Moore, Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

William Shakespeare
“My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw.”
William Shakespeare

George Eliot
“The fact is unalterable, that a fellow-mortal with whose nature you are acquainted solely through the brief entrances and exits of a few imaginative weeks called courtship, may, when seen in the continuity of married companionship, be disclosed as something better or worse than what you have preconceived, but will certainly not appear altogether the same.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Davis Bunn
“I have a hundred reasons to dislike this gentleman,” Erica reminded herself aloud. “And a thousand reasons more not to go courting with any man.”
Lavinia laughed at that. “Whenever has a woman’s heart listened to her head?”
Davis Bunn, The Solitary Envoy

Patrick Rothfuss
“What I personally knew about courting women could comfortably fit into a thimble without taking it off your finger first.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

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