13. 6. 2017
Romantic quotes are wonderful things, but perhaps not really necessary at the end of the first date. After all, it takes a while for romance, true romance, to blossom. At the close of the first date, supposing you’ve had a great time and want to meet again the amazing person who has captured your attention and your heart, it’s enough to say, ‘Thanks for a great evening, it’d be brilliant to see you again.’ Or, ‘I’ve really enjoyed spending this time with you, can we arrange another date?’ Unless you happen to be a literary genius, it’s not really a good idea to stand on the doorstep, quoting ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ having known the person for only a couple of hours. And, anyway, the literary genius would hopefully know better than to shower his/her newfound paramour with snippets of prose at such an early stage.
What are romantic quotes?
A quotation, or quote, as defined by Collins English Dictionary, is a ‘phrase from a book, poem, play, etc., remembered and spoken, especially to illustrate succinctly or support a point or an argument.’ For the lovers of the world, especially the romantic ones, the important part here is ‘to illustrate succinctly’, in other words to describe the way you feel about someone. Romantic quotations are taken from many sources, usually a play, a poem, or a book, but can also be taken from the lyrics of a pop song. It’s true that nearly everything that can be said about love or loving someone, has already been said, but new ways of expressing oneself romantically can occasionally be discovered. For example, instead of saying, ‘I love you,’ you could describe your passion by swapping the word ‘love’ with something that’s important to you. How about, ‘I chicken tikka masala you?’ though don’t use this particular phrase if your partner is averse to Indian cuisine!
And don’t forget that it’s always possible to come up with something original, something that carries weight and depth and is known only to the two of you. Perhaps you could refer to something that occurred or something that you saw while on holiday in some perfect paradise. ‘Your eyes are as bright as the pebbles beneath the waters at the source of the Ganges,’ may be a little excessive, but it’s a phrase that’s probably never been used. Romance, and therefore the quotations associated with romance, nearly always comes from the heart. You can express light frivolous quotations to a friend or an acquaintance, whereas the truly romantic quote should be reserved for your lover. It’s strange but true that most romantic quotations come from the males of the species, with only a few notable exceptions penned or voiced by women. Perhaps this is because the female form is more praiseworthy than its male counterpart. But when sitting staring into space, or standing on a clifftop looking down at an expanse of blue ocean, her mind fixated on the one she loves, it’s eminently possible for a woman to express her feelings for her man in the same way that guys can come up with flowery descriptions of their girls. However, this is all a little detached from the main subject.
Where can I find romantic quotes?
The best romantic quotes can be discovered in poetry, old and new, books, plays, and songs.
Collections of poems, such as, The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1918, and The Golden Treasury of Songs and Lyrics, are treasure troves of romantic lines, containing gems from authors including Shakespeare, Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth, Keats and Browning, all of whom produced masterpieces of romantic verse. Romantic quotes can also be found in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. While this fascinating volume lists quotations to suit every occasion, there are some wonderful romantic gems to be discovered within its pages. It can be great fun to sit with your lover and look through a book of romantic lines. Apart from a few phrases and corny expressions which will cause laughter to bubble to the surface, you’ll be amazed at how many quotations you’ll find useful when expressing your tender, loving feelings, those happy, heartfelt emotions that come from the soul. There are even some pretty amazing lines that can be quoted at the end of a relationship, that soggy moment when it’s time for the final goodbye. For example, ‘Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part,’ – taken from Michael Drayton’s poem The Parting.
When should I use a romantic quote?
Basically, whenever you’re in a romantic frame of mind – but don’t overdo it, it’s easy to have too much of a good thing and it may look as though you’re trying to show off! So keep it simple and use romantic quotes sparingly. It’s impossible to state categorically when and where quotes should or should not be used, but the right moment will usually present itself. You could be sitting on a park bench, holding your partner’s hand and gazing into the distance, when suddenly you recall some inspiring quotation. It could happen when you are strolling along a deserted beach, under a sky full of stars, or sitting quietly in the living room in front of a log fire. There are literally thousands of instances when words of love might be spoken, especially if you happen to be the romantic type. And, as stated above, it might happen that you find your head filled with words of romance that have never been uttered before. These, however, won’t be quotations but will be words of wisdom composed by yourself while under the influence of love. Whatever you use, quotations or unique stuff that comes trundling out of your brain, you’ll discover that it’s a magical sensation to use beautiful words of love to describe your emotions and the way you feel about your partner.
Romantic quote examples:
If they seem a little ancient, it’s because they are! They come from the Romantic Era, and some from even earlier!
Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove.
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
My love is like a red red rose That’s newly sprung in June: My love is like the melody That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
Robert Burns (1759-1796)
To me, fair friend, you can never be old; For as you were when first your eye I eyed, Such seems your beauty still.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
When, dearest I but think of thee, Methinks all things that lovely be Are present, and my soul delighted.
Sir John Suckling (1609-1642)
For when I glance at you even an instant, I can no longer utter a word: my tongue thickens to a lump, and beneath my skin breaks out a subtle fire: my eyes are blind, my ears filled with humming, and sweat streams down my body, I am seized by a sudden shuddering; I turn greener than grass, and in a moment more, I feel I shall die.
Nature said, ‘A lovelier flower On earth was never sown: This Child I to myself will take; She shall be mine, and I will make A lady of my own…. While she and I together live Here in this happy dell.’
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
If you came to my secret glade, Weary with heat, I would set you down in the shade, I would wash your feet. If you came in the winter sad, Wanting for bread, I would give you the last that I had, I would give you my bed.
Ruth Pitter (b.1897)
A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness.
John Keats (1795-1821)
She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes.
Lord Byron (1788-1824)
And then there are the romantic quotes which are great for when the romance has gone:
Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
John Donne (1572-1631)
When there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor Hell a fury like a woman scorned.
William Congreve (1670-1729)
Love has no limits when it comes to creativity. There is always a handy quotation we can use to cover every situation, however sincere, happy or sad. If, as suggested above, you are able to come up with your own gems of romantic dialogue, all well and good. But, if you need a little help from the golden age of romance, the subject has been pretty well covered and the list of romantic quotations should include something for everyone. So, boys and girls and men and women of all ages, if music be the food of love, then play on!
Remember, on the day of the BIG MEET your prospective partner will expect to see the same person they fell in love with when they read your dating site profile.