It's nice that there are movies and songs about romance - it's what motivates us as human beings. I'm all for being brainwashed by rom-coms.
— Zooey Deschanel
...what is romance, but a mutual pact of delusion? When the pact ends , there's nothing left.
— Zoë Heller
The greatest romance in the life of a lyricist is when the right word meets the right note; often, however, a Park Avenue phrase elopes with a Bleecker Street chord, resulting in a shotgun wedding and a quickie divorce.
— Yip Harburg
Romance is dead - it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.
— Yeardley Smith
Romance is the sweetening of the soul With fragrance offered by the stricken heart.
— Wole Soyinka
Black women . . . work because their husbands can't make enough money at their jobs to keep everything going. . . . They don't go to work to find fulfillment, or adventure, or glamour and romance, like so many white women think they are doing. Black women work out of necessity.
— Wilma Rudolph
I half wish that I had not been born with a sense of romance and beauty in this accursed age.
— William Morris
First impressions of mediaeval life are usually coloured by the courtly romances of Malory and his later refiners. Chaucer brings us down to reality, but his people belong to a prosperous middle-class world, on holiday and in holiday mood. Piers Plowman stands alone as a revelation of the ignorance and misery of the lower classes, whose multiplied grievances came to a head in the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.
— William Langland
And would it not be proud romance Falling in some obscure advance, To rise, a poppy field of France?
— William Alexander Percy
I read all of Rider Haggard's books. For me he had the romance of Africa with a little bit of mysticism. I'm delighted to be looked on as his heir and be categorised as an adventure novelist because that's exactly what I am.
— Wilbur Smith
And I wanted to do a movie [Moonrise Kingdom] about a childhood romance - a very powerful experience of childhood romance. About what it's like to just be blindsided, when you're in fifth grade or sixth grade, by these kinds of feelings. Along the way, I sort of mixed in some interest in "young adult fantasy" writing.
— Wes Anderson
I think it's necessary when you're dealing with a dark show that has explosion and violence to have defined moments of lightness and humor, even romance. It's important, and it deepens the character, of course.
— Wentworth Miller
The mouthpiece of the half-inarticulate, all-suggesting music that is at once the very soul and the inseparable garment of romance.
— Walther von der Vogelweide
Romance is a love affair in other than domestic surroundings.
— Walter Raleigh
Without Steve Jobs, you would have well-designed computers, probably open and not integrated, but they wouldn't have sex appeal, they wouldn't have romance.
— Walter Isaacson
I joined the army on my seventeenth birthday, full of the romance of war after having read a lot of World War I British poetry and having seen a lot of post-World War II films. I thought the romantic presentations of war influenced my joining and my presentation of war to my younger siblings.
— Walter Dean Myers
You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance.
— Wallis Simpson
Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.
— W. H. Auden
It is an old stereotype, that homosexuality has to do only with sex while heterosexuality is multifaceted and embraces love and romance.
— Vito Russo
It's sad that children cannot know their parents when they were younger; when they were loving, courting, and being nice to one another. By the time children are old enough to observe, the romance has all too often faded or gone underground.
— Virginia Satir
That music and the lyrical aspects of Razorblade Romance is so personal to me that, now with me being grown up a bit and meeting new people and doing new things, it makes me look at the same things I was writing about back in the day through a different colored lens.
— Ville Valo
It's a most natural way for me. I can tell people I can run in a saree and I can do five sequences in a saree. I can romance in a saree and I can do everything in a saree. For me, it's a most versatile garment"it's extremely sensuous and at the same time it is strong, there is an elegance and at the same time it teases your imagination"It's very powerful.
— Vidya Balan
I love the romance of "let's get married,' but then, when you have it so perfect " I mean, I'm more married than anybody can be " we have two kids. Maybe one day, but it's something I can really do without.
— Vanessa Paradis
A fantabulous night to make romance.
— Van Morrison
I tend to have a long con when it comes to romance, in part because I like the build-up as much as the payoff, and in part because I think there are a wealth of relationships out there (friend, sibling, rival, etc.), and straight-up romance interests me less than tension.
— V. E. Schwab
More than just romantic comedy, I like romances: drama romance, romance comedy, comedy romance. I also go to the movies to escape. There are times when you go to learn, when you go to be moved, you go to be transported, and there are really times when you go to escape. And I personally escape more happily into a romance than I do violent movies.
— Uma Thurman
Most films these days are men's stories. Women are for add-on romance. That's very hard.
— Uma Thurman
Romance is important to me, and to have a romance with your husband takes a bit of doing. The key is to make sure your partner misses you. That means you have to take yourself away.
— Tori Amos
There's one great script that hit my desk that I didn't change at all, and that was True Romance.
— Tony Scott
Law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
— Tom Schulman
This generation has lost the true meaning of romance. There are so many songs that disrespect women. You can't treat the woman you love as a piece of meat. You should treat your love like a princess. Give her love songs, something with real meaning. Maybe I'm old fashioned but to respect the woman you love should be a priority.
— Tom Hiddleston
My final historical romance came out December 2005. While I enjoyed writing medieval romances, I was also dying to write something with more edge.
— Tina St. John
We all know interspecies romance is weird.
— Tim Burton
History meets romance meets suspense! Compelling, original and wildly romantic, Beatriz Williams' prose is stunning and the plot edge-of-your-seat gripping. OVERSEAS is an absolute triumph-I loved every page.
— Tilly Bagshawe
The absence of romance from my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but if it be judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it, I shall be content. In fine, I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time.
For me, romance isn't an over-the-top act. It's someone offering to help and to support me. Or if that person thinks I'm making the wrong decision, he'll tell me. I want him to be honest, because being that honest takes a lot of guts.
— Thora Birch
Romance makes a radiant sunrise out of every moment.
— Thomas Kinkade
All romances end at marriage.
— Thomas Hardy
Now as the Paradisiacal pleasures of the Mahometans consist in playing upon the flute and lying with Houris, be mine to read eternal new romances of Marivaux and Crebillon.
— Thomas Gray
It was not till toward the end of the thirteenth century that the prose romances began to appear.
— Thomas Bulfinch