Romantic Quotes

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.

— William Shakespeare

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

— Oscar Wilde

The word ‘romance,’ according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime.

— Billy Graham

A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.

— Charlie Chaplin

Romantic love is mental illness. But it’s a pleasurable one. It’s a drug. It distorts reality, and that’s the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw.

— Fran Lebowitz

Most cynics are really crushed romantics: they’ve been hurt, they’re sensitive, and their cynicism is a shell that’s protecting this tiny, dear part in them that’s still alive.

— Jeff Bridges

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.

— Emily Dickinson

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.

— John Keats

Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye That’s all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die.

— William Butler Yeats

When men attempt bold gestures, generally it’s considered romantic. When women do it, it’s often considered desperate or psycho.

— Sarah Jessica Parker

I’m a romantic a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won’t.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

French is the language that turns dirt into romance.

— Stephen King

Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames.

— Thomas Moore

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity – romantic love and gunpowder.

— Andre Maurois

Romance is tempestuous. Love is calm.

— Mason Cooley

Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.

— Charles Kingsley

I’m a romantic, and we romantics are more sensitive to the way people feel. We love more, and we hurt more. When we’re hurt, we hurt for a long time.

— Freddy Fender

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.

— Charles Bukowski

The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.

— Virginia Woolf

The romantic love we feel toward the opposite sex is probably one extra help from God to bring you together, but that’s it. All the rest of it, the true love, is the test.

— Joan Chen

Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life.

— Bette Davis

Too many women throw themselves into romance because they’re afraid of being single, then start making compromises and losing their identity. I won’t do that.

— Julie Delpy

I think romance is anything honest. As long as it’s honest, it’s so disarming.

— Kristen Stewart

Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.

— Nicholas Sparks

You know, maybe I was just born in the wrong time, but I love all things romantic. Puffy understands that. For my last birthday, he covered my hotel room floor with rose petals and had flowers and candles all over the room.

— Jennifer Lopez

Romance is everything.

— Gertrude Stein

The more we are filled with thoughts of lust the less we find true romantic love.

— Douglas Horton

Remember, beneath every cynic there lies a romantic, and probably an injured one.

— Glenn Beck

The romantic embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.

— Havelock Ellis

The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality.

— Marya Mannes

Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I’d think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix… I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous.

— Jean-Michel Basquiat

I think the American West really attracts me because it’s romantic. The desert, the empty space, the drama.

— Ang Lee

I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love – and it being more important and special than anything and everything else.

— Emma Watson

I believe that when you’re in love you have to pour your heart and soul out to your partner… or why bother? So in that sense I’m an incurable romantic when it comes to men.

— Cameron Diaz

Romance like a ghost escapes touching it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.

— George William Curtis

There’s something really great and romantic about being poor and sleeping on couches.

— Ben Affleck

In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.

— Margaret Anderson

There are certain romances that belong in certain cities, in a certain atmosphere, in a certain time.

— Sammy Davis, Jr.

There’s something about the sound of a train that’s very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.

— Paul Simon

I’m very romantic, I’m extremely romantic. I date my wife.

— Alice Cooper

I used to try to draw my girlfriends. I think one of the most romantic things that anybody can do is draw a portrait of the person you love.

— Nick Carter

Romance is dead – it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.

— Yeardley Smith

I love being one half of a romantic couple.

— Julianna Margulies

That on a romantic level, if you feel it about somebody and it’s pure, it means that they do too.

— Sean Penn

The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.

— Anita Brookner

I have to be asked, I guess, but I love the idea of marriage. I think it’s beautiful. I’m such a romantic, and I always have been.

— Portia de Rossi

Personally, I can’t see why it would be any less romantic to find a husband in a nice four-color catalogue than in the average downtown bar at happy hour.

— Barbara Ehrenreich

Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.

— Lillian Gordy Carter

I was married when I was 17. I knew nothing. I was full of romance.

— Gloria Swanson

Yeah, but there’s nobody who represents romance to me like Cary Grant.

— Aaron Eckhart

The American is wholeheartedly for love and romance at any cost.

— Leslie Caron

I’m a hopeless romantic. It’s disgusting. It really is. I’ve seen ‘While You Were Sleeping’, like, twenty times, and I still believe in the whole Prince Charming thing.

— Jennifer Love Hewitt

Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young.

— John Greenleaf Whittier

Therapy was the biggest romance of my life.

— Dar Williams

I’m a dreadful romantic. No matter what I go through in life, I want to fall in love with a man.

— Rachel Hunter

My idea of a romantic night is to watch action films.

— Corey Hart

I don’t like to search too much. I find it is easier when romance finds you.

— Michelle Trachtenberg

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.

— Bernard Williams

Romance is mush, stifling those who strive.

— Billy Strayhorn

Am I a romantic? I’ve seen ‘Wuthering Heights’ ten times. I’m a romantic.

— Johnny Depp

I think it’s important to have closure in any relationship that ends – from a romantic relationship to a friendship. You should always have a sense of clarity at the end and know why it began and why it ended. You need that in your life to move cleanly into your next phase.

— Jennifer Aniston

We believe that according the name ‘investors’ to institutions that trade actively is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a ‘romantic.’

— Warren Buffett

I’m into all that sappy stuff – a surprise picnic, nice dinner, or traveling. I’m kind of an old romantic.

— Will Estes

I’m always trying to reach a transcendent point, a romantic point, but reach it in a really unconventional way, a really profane way. To get to that romantic, touching, heartbreaking place, but through a lot of acts of profanity.

— Chuck Palahniuk

You know, the man of my dreams might walk round the corner tomorrow. I’m older and wiser and I think I’d make a great girlfriend. I live in the realm of romantic possibility.

— Stevie Nicks

I love romantic poetry.

— Richard Dawkins

It is the addition of strangeness to beauty that constitutes the romantic character in art.

— Walter Hagen

When men hear women want a commitment, they think it means commitment to a romantic relationship, but that’s not it. It’s a commitment to not floating around anymore. I want a guy who is entrenched in his own life. Entrenched is awesome.

— Mindy Kaling

You know, I always got offered other stuff. Not the romantic leads, obviously. But very often it’s a role that’s underwritten, where the character has no personality at all. And they need a character actor who can fill it in.

— Harvey Fierstein

I think I’ll always be a hopeless romantic.

— Kim Kardashian

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a hopeless romantic who listens to love ballads and doo-wop songs all the time.

— Henry Rollins

I am a hopeless romantic and I love to spoil my girlfriends.

— Orlando Bloom

It is really rare to find someone you really, really love and that you want to spend your life with and all that stuff that goes along with being married. I am one of those lucky people. And I think she feels that way too. So the romantic stuff is easy because you want them to be happy.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

By all but the pathologically romantic, it is now recognized that this is not the age of the small man.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

I think I meant that, given the circumstances of my childhood, I had the illusion that it’s easier to be alone. To have your relationships be casual and also to pose as a solitary person, because it was more romantic. You know, I was raised on the idea of the ramblin’ man and the loner.

— Steve Martin

If you’re a woman and a guy’s ever said anything romantic to you, he just left off the second part that would have made you sick if you could have heard it.

— Louis C. K.

Stand-up is like a row boat: it’s fun and romantic when you’re choosing to do it. But if you have no other choice than to be in a row boat it’s not as enjoyable that’s survival.

— Demetri Martin

I love surprises – champagne and strawberries, all that pampering, romantic stuff. Guys ought to know how to pamper their women properly.

— Danica McKellar

If a man lets all of my dogs sleep in the bed with us, then that is the most romantic thing. You must love my dogs in order to love me. A man who is nice to my animals and doesn’t shoo them away – well, that’s the height of romance.

— Salma Hayek

It took me twenty years to get Steven Parrino’s work. From the time I first saw his art, in the mid-eighties, I almost always dismissed it as mannered, Romantic, formulaic, conceptualist-formalist heavy-metal boy-art abstraction.

— Jerry Saltz

My greatest environments in which I can grow, or grow up, is in personal romantic relationships with a man.

— Alanis Morissette

My dream role would probably be a psycho killer, because the whole thing I love about movies is that you get to do things you could never do in real life, and that would be my way of vicariously experiencing being a psycho killer. Also, it’s incredibly romantic.

— Christina Ricci

Death was like love, a romantic escape.

— Brigitte Bardot

As far as the lack of hits goes, I think perhaps it’s because I’ve played a lot of different roles and have not created a persona that the public can latch on to. I have played everything from psychopathic killers to romantic leading men, and in picking such diverse roles I have avoided typecasting.

— Jeff Bridges

The concept of romantic love affords a means of emotional manipulation which the male is free to exploit, since love is the only circumstance in which the female is (ideologically) pardoned for sexual activity.

— Kate Millett

In the early days of Christianity the exercise of chastity was frequently combined with a close and romantic intimacy of affection between the sexes which shocked austere moralists.

— Havelock Ellis

Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.

— James Joyce

I love jazz music and sad music. I’m a sentimental guy. I’m a romantic guy.

— Fred Durst

I’m a romantic slob!

— Willie Nelson

I don’t get off on romantic parts. But I often think if I had had my dental work done early on, well, maybe.

— Morgan Freeman

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a reporter. I don’t know where I got the idea that it was a romantic calling.

— Charles Kuralt

Now that I look back on it, having retired from being a reporter, it was kind of romantic. It was a wonderful way to live one’s life, just as I imagined it would be when I was 6 or 7.

— Charles Kuralt

The amount of speculation surrounding my romantic life is astounding. It’s strange how involved people get: invested and angry, really disappointed.

— Sienna Miller

Vinyl is the real deal. I’ve always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don’t really own the album. And it’s not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.

— Jack White

I love romantic comedies. I like to watch them and I like to be in them. It’s something that’s increasingly difficult to find that spark of originality that makes if different than the ones that come before.

— Julia Roberts

That’s what I like about film-it can be bizarre, classic, normal, romantic. Cinema is to me the most versatile thing.

— Catherine Deneuve

I’m not a romantic. In life I didn’t have much experience with romance.

— Ang Lee

I’m a hopeless romantic with a dirty mind.

— Leelee Sobieski

I was blinded by being a romantic person.

— Sienna Miller

I’m not trying to be romantic. I think you can tell when people are trying to be sexy onstage. When I was doing ‘All the Way,’ I was really thinking about my wife. People don’t know my personal experience, but they can tell it’s an honest interpretation.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

I’m always trying to perfect the romantic comedy, though.

— David Duchovny

I’m a hopeless romantic and passionate person when it comes to love.

— Jennifer Lopez

I don’t have any romantic ideas about marriage. Trust me. A white dress… ? No. It’s not something for me.

— Diane Kruger

I think as a young actress, it’s very rare that you read something where you’re not either ‘the girl’ or there to serve some romantic purpose in a male dominated cast.

— Sienna Miller

I’m very romantic and of course I want to be in love.

— Emma Watson

When I started dating I had this kind of Romeo and Juliet, fateful romantic idea about love which was almost that you were a victim and there was a lot of pain involved and that was how it should be.

— Emma Watson

I feel like you don’t know if someone’s equipped for a romantic relationship until they’re out of their twenties.

— Lena Dunham

I think romantic comedy, when done right, is my favorite genre. It’s just a genre that’s very human.

— Lena Dunham

I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.

— Morgan Freeman

I have never acted he has never been cast in a romantic lead or has been cast opposite a female love interest in any movie he starred in.

— Morgan Freeman

We must not, however, be like the leaders of the great romantic revolt who, in their eagerness to get rid of the husk of convention, disregarded also the humane aspiration.

— Irving Babbitt

I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world.

— Mindy Kaling

Is this not the true romantic feeling not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.

— Thomas Wolfe

If I can give you one strong piece of advice, when you go away for that romantic weekend, whatever you do, do not accept or take the upgrade to the honeymoon suite.

— Gordon Ramsay

People who know me , they know I have a sense of humor, I’m a bit of a joker, a bit of a clown really, and I would love someone to exploit that side of me and send me a romantic comedy.

— Gary Oldman

A romantic comedy has to be funny and make you think about life but the obstacle that has to be overcome is key.

— Jennifer Lopez

Well, I think first it was rare for me to do anything that had any kind of a romantic note to it.

— Tim Roth

I happen to be really a romantic.

— Amanda Seyfried

I love romantic comedies. I have a deep respect for them. I think they’re really difficult to write and write well.

— Rashida Jones

You know, I grew up on romantic comedies, and it’s hard to find a new way to tell that story.

— Rashida Jones

I want to do the romantic comedies. You know, the stuff that Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts or Reese Witherspoon would choose, of course.

— Jessica Simpson

Usually comedy is only available to us ladies in the romantic comedy. That’s why I hate romantic comedies.

— Sandra Bullock

I think in general, romantic comedies tend to take one person’s point of view, but every once in a while you get something that is balanced for two people.

— Sandra Bullock

But no, I don’t really like romantic comedies, so I don’t really care. I never go see ’em.

— John Cusack

Acting can be pretty challenging. I can’t say making a romantic comedy is challenging, but to do anything well, you have to put yourself into it.

— John Cusack

I feel close to Lloyd in ‘Say Anything’. He was like a super-interesting version of me. Only I’m not as good as him. Whatever part of me is romantic and optimistic, I reached into that to play Lloyd.

— John Cusack

I think I’ve only done one horror movie, Psycho III. That was a walk in the park compared to a romantic comedy.

— Carter Burwell

It’s the contemporary woman that movies don’t know what to do with, other than bathe her in a bridal glow in romantic comedies where both the romance and the comedy are artificial sweeteners.

— James Wolcott

What I’d really like to write is a romantic comedy. This is my favorite kind of movie. I feel almost embarrassed revealing this, because the genre has been so degraded in the past twenty years that saying you like romantic comedies is essentially an admission of mild stupidity.

— Mindy Kaling

I had these kind of unrealistic expectations that were fueled by romantic comedies, and it has both helped me and hurt me in many ways. It helped me because, in general, they’ve made me hopeful. I just figure things will eventually work out for me. But nobody is like any Tom Hanks character. Nobody is Hugh Grant. No one is Meg Ryan!

— Mindy Kaling

I have such a rich fantasy life, I can’t help it. I do make up a lot of romantic stories in my head.

— Mindy Kaling

Woody Allen is really the ultimate. I love that he believed in himself enough to do what he did. And I have that same feeling – that there’s nobody that looks like me in movies, nobody would cast me as a romantic lead, but I want to do it and I feel confident that I can.

— Mindy Kaling

On ‘The Office,’ so much of the show is about disguising your true feelings and your romantic feelings because it was a mock documentary.

— Mindy Kaling

Suddenly I’ve got an overwhelming desire to surround myself with the aura of classical and Romantic art.

— Sylvester Stallone

Marriage is not simply a romantic union between two people it’s also a political and economic contract of the highest order.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

If I eat a huge meal and I can get the girl to rub my belly, I think that’s about as romantic as I can think of.

— Ryan Gosling

I don’t think Hollywood knows what to do with me. I would imagine that when it comes to romantic comedies, my name would be pretty low down on the list.

— Gary Oldman

My new movie, Fools Rush In, is a romantic comedy and the girl I play in that is very warm, very sweet.

— Salma Hayek

I’ve flown across America, I’ve scaled fences, I’ve stood under windows and gone out of my way hundreds of times. I’m a hopeless romantic. There’s no hope for me.

— Joel Madden

People expect me to be dark and gloomy, then write that I’m a jolly chap, and after all, that is what I am. I think it’s a case of an absolute romantic naivety that there should be a parallel between the work and the artist.

— Michael Haneke

I will never say never, but I will say never to doing the more typical romantic comedies. You know, unless I’m getting audited and I’m on the street and I desperately need some dough and that’s the only thing that I’m getting.

— Christian Bale

In terms of the romantic kind of lead, I just never enjoy those movies very much. Maybe they’ll come to interest me more as I get older. I doubt it, but maybe. Romantic comedies tend to be, for me, an oxymoron.

— Christian Bale

The only thing I would unequivocally say is that I have never had any interest in romantic comedy I just couldn’t do it. I think I’d be terrible.

— Christian Bale

I’m a big romantic, so I love guys who are romantic too.

— Ashley Tisdale

It’s funny, I can sit through the worst horror film ever made but even a quite good romantic comedy can drive me nuts.

— Jason Reitman

I am a hopeless romantic. And I won’t stop till I get it right.

— Halle Berry

I’m not what you might call sexy, but I’m romantic. Let’s put it that way.

— Betty White

The state of New Jersey is really two places – terrible cities and wonderful suburbs. I live in the suburbs, the final battleground of the American dream, where people get married and have kids and try to scratch out a happy life for themselves. It’s very romantic in that way, but a bit naive. I like to play with that in my work.

— Harlan Coben

I had to satisfy the action fans, the romantic fans, the intellectual fans. It was a terrific burden.

— Sidney Poitier

I’m a romantic guy.

— Fred Durst

I think I’m a romantic person, yeah.

— Antonio Banderas

I had no romantic interest in Gable. I considered him an older man.

— Gene Tierney

If you look at romantic comedies as pieces of commerce, the audience is looking for wish fulfillment.

— Tom Hanks

You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it’s like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos.

— Tom Hanks

Romantic love is painful.

— will.i.am

The dark comedies tend to be in a non-releasable area. There can be romantic comedies. There can be dramas. But there’s no ‘dark comedy’ inbox for the advertising.

— Gus Van Sant

Lidia Bastianich, sorry, but kind of boring. I mean, I love Lidia, but you can fall asleep watching her. And Mario Batali? I love Mario to death… but he’s not romantic or sensual. Those are the things I bring to the table.

— Giada De Laurentiis

I was meant to date the captain of the football team, I was going to be on a romantic excursion every Saturday night, I was destined to be collecting corsages from every boy in town before prom, accepting such floral offerings like competing sacrifices to a Delphic goddess.

— Elizabeth Wurtzel

When I was younger – it might be a romantic idea – I always thought I might go crazy.

— Diane Kruger

I’ve programmed myself musically to come up with love-feeling tracks that are romantic, sexy, but classy, all in one. And that’s the challenge. Once I create that music, then the lyrical content starts to come – you know, the stories and things like that.

— R. Kelly

Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature.

— Cyril Connolly

I did send a girl a plane ticket asking her for a visit, I guess that’s quite romantic.

— Orlando Bloom

You know, I’ve always thought that it would be really funny if somebody made a romantic comedy where absolutely everything went well from beginning to end.

— Fiona Apple

Romantic lovers require from each other at least the facade of reason: We desire to be what romantic love makes us appear in the other’s eyes. We want to imagine we are deserving of the love we inspire.

— Maggie Gallagher

I’m a hopeless romantic and I believe that you can find love in many different places and be very conflicted. I’ve discovered as I’ve grown up that life is far more complicated than you think it is when you’re a kid. It isn’t just a straightforward fairytale.

— Rachel McAdams

I confess I am a romantic. I love romance, and I think it’s really fun and delicious and some of my favorite films are love stories. I think that you just get a chance to fall in love with the characters so much and you get to explore their lives so deeply.

— Rachel McAdams

And I think maybe all women, if they just had a chance, would be romantic and believe in love and not sex. And men believe in sex and not love.

— Beatrice Wood

I love romantic comedies. They’re for me the easiest thing to do and the most natural to do. There’s nothing natural about holding an uzi hanging out of a moving van shooting at people. That’s not second nature to me, thank God.

— Gabrielle Union

The idea of a soulmate is beautiful and very romantic to talk about it in a movie or a song, but in reality, I find it scary.

— Vanessa Paradis

I have tender, romantic associations with upstate New York.

— Vera Farmiga

Even actresses that you really admire, like Reese Witherspoon, you think, ‘Another romantic comedy?’ You see her in something like ‘Walk the Line’ and think, ‘God, you’re so great!’ And then you think, ‘Why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies?’ But of course, it’s for money and status.

— Gwyneth Paltrow

I don’t know about the romantic comedy route, although never say never.

— Kristen Wiig

Because I think in order to get famous you have to be known for something. Like ‘You’re the romantic comedy girl’ or ‘You’re the Oscar-winning whatever girl.’

— Rachel Weisz

The most successful marriages, gay or straight, even if they begin in romantic love, often become friendships. It’s the ones that become the friendships that last.

— Andrew Sullivan

I fell in love with many women at school who had no idea I existed. I’m a bit of a romantic.

— Eric Bana

I’m a bit of a romantic.

— Eric Bana

I saw Tequila Sunrise as a romantic picture with complex, bigger than life characters.

— Conrad Hall

I’m very romantic.

— Enrique Iglesias

I wouldn’t feel satisfied being on set every day doing a romantic comedy – I’d be bored to death.

— Joaquin Phoenix

I’ve always been attracted to romantic secondhand clothes. But my style developed as I started going to these strange raves where everybody had these very definitive costumes.

— Florence Welch

I feel like I’ve done a bunch of period stuff and then a bunch of romantic comedies.

— Kate Beckinsale

I’m a fan of daytime drama I totally get it. When we are doing scenes that are romantic or will get the audience riled up, I feel like I’m a fan in the room going, ‘People are going to be so mad right now!’

— Alison Sweeney

I’m probably a bit romantic about it, but I think we humans miss having contact with fire. We need it.

— Jamie Oliver

Think back to yourself at age 18. I know I was mighty different than the Patti I am today. As we grow up, we grow out of our haircuts, our apartments and – often times – our romantic decisions.

— Patti Stanger

Conductors’ careers are made for the most part with ‘Romantic’ music. ‘Classic’ music eliminates the conductor we do not remember him in it.

— Igor Stravinsky

The phrase ‘off with the crack of the bat’, while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat.

— Joe DiMaggio

I would have loved to do ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Being a ‘Bond’ girl would always be fun. We had a lot of action in ‘Eclipse’ and I’d definitely like to continue down the action road. I want to do a romantic period piece, but those are really hard to get made because they’re very expensive and there’s not a huge demographic.

— Ashley Greene

It’s a very romantic sentiment, but to think that you would die if you didn’t write, well, I would definitely choose to not write and live.

— Sarah McLachlan

The vampire was a complete change from the usual romantic characters I was playing, but it was a success.

— Bela Lugosi

I’m a big romantic, traditional, cheesy guy.

— Josh Hutcherson

You’re an actor, are you? Well, all that means is: you are irresponsible, irrational, romantic, and incapable of handling an adult emotion or a universal concept without first reducing it to something personal, material, sensational – and probably sexual!

— George Herman

I broke my nose in gym when a ball hit me. I took a girl to her debutante ball the next week wearing a tux and a big, honking bandage. Not the romantic night she had in mind.

— Wentworth Miller

I don’t ever want to be a sentimentalist. I prefer to be a realist. I’m not a romantic really.

— James Earl Jones

The Romantic poets were the prototype ramblers, and I’ve often found myself following in their footsteps – although perhaps not all of their footsteps since a typical walk for Samuel T. Coleridge might last two days and cover 145km.

— Arthur Smith

The Southern whites are in many respects a great people. Looked at from a certain point of view, they are picturesque. If one will put oneself in a romantic frame of mind, one can admire their notions of chivalry and bravery and justice.

— James Weldon Johnson

I lived by the candlelight for two years because I couldn’t afford power. It was nice and romantic at the time, but if you can’t afford power you’re pretty broke. You endure it.

— Jeremy Renner

Women today are dealing with both their independence and also the fact that their lives are built around finding and satisfying the romantic models we grew up with.

— Jane Campion

I think that the romantic impulse is in all of us and that sometimes we live it for a short time, but it’s not part of a sensible way of living. It’s a heroic path and it generally ends dangerously.

— Jane Campion

I think that the romantic impulse is in all of us and that sometimes we live it for a short time, but it’s not part of a sensible way of living. It’s a heroic path and it generally ends dangerously. I treasure it in the sense that I believe it’s a path of great courage. It can also be the path of the foolhardy and the compulsive.

— Jane Campion

It’s been such a deep and amazing journey for me, getting close to John Keats, and also I love Shelley and Byron. I mean, the thing about the Romantic poets is that they’ve got the epitaph of romantic posthumously. They all died really young, and Keats, the youngest of them all.

— Jane Campion

So many women today have become so focused on their children, they’ve developed these romantic entanglements with their children’s lives, and the husbands are secondary. They’re left out. And the romantic focus is on the children.

— Ayelet Waldman

Is Valentine’s Day a day to make cupcakes with your children? No, Valentine’s is supposed to be a day about romantic love.

— Ayelet Waldman

I love crying at romantic movies like ‘The Notebook.’ I’m always bawling.

— Fergie

Sometimes I make very selfish choices like I did ‘Once Upon A Time’ for my inner 8-year-old and my hypothetical future child. I’ve done some movies because I would regret them if I didn’t, but other projects I’ve done because they’ve scared me or if I felt I needed to do a big romantic comedy to help me professionally.

— Ginnifer Goodwin

I’ve always been sort of addicted to genre-jumping. I’ve never been in the mood to do the same thing I did last time. Hence, me going from ‘Big Love’ to romantic comedy, to period film… I can’t sit still.

— Ginnifer Goodwin

I love Valentine’s Day! I love it, I love it, I love it. I like having doors opened for me. My favorite romantic comedy is ‘When Harry Met Sally.’

— Ginnifer Goodwin

And I don’t believe that children are innocent. In fact, no one seriously believes that. Just go to a playground and watch the kids playing in the sandbox! The romantic notion of the sweet child is simply the parents projecting their own wishes.

— Michael Haneke

I know most people use their phones to tell time, but there’s something very romantic and beautiful about a timepiece.

— Padma Lakshmi

I go to Saint Barth in the French West Indies for two weeks each year. That place is amazing. Amazing people, beautiful beaches, great wine, wonderful harbors… It’s incredibly romantic.

— Brooke Burke

Latin men are the most passionate men in the world – they may not be the most aggressive, but they are very passionate, very romantic.

— Brooke Burke

My husband, Sal, and I put date nights on the calendar once a week. I know that doesn’t sound romantic, but otherwise it won’t get done.

— Sherri Shepherd

It’s easier to write from my own life, and it’s also more fun. I always write about relationships, for instance, whether they’re romantic relationships, friendships, encounters… there’s always a lesson to be learned from them.

— Jason Mraz

There’s nothing more romantic than Italian food.

— Elisha Cuthbert

I’m not a romantic.

— Jack Kevorkian

I’m a romantic.

— Tom Cruise

I don’t think that digital photography is romantic yet. It’s not sympathetic the way that film is.

— Matthew Modine

I have a great wife and it’s very easy to be romantic because it makes her happy and then my life is so much better when she’s happy.

— Nicholas Sparks

I think opera has gained a kind of glamorous appeal. It’s a live performance that aligns all of the arts, and when it is represented in the media, in film in particular, it is presented as something that is really a special event, whether it’s a great date or something that’s just hugely romantic.

— Renee Fleming

I hope that I would be considered romantic. I don’t know… one of my favorite movies is ‘The Notebook’ so I guess that would be considered romantic. But I think being romantic is more than the flowers and the gifts. It’s about connecting with the person and being able to talk and share things with her.

— Taylor Lautner

The whole romantic part of my life was a wipeout. I didn’t even own a belt.

— Paul Lynde

I’m not the most romantic guy, although I do try.

— Seth Rogen

My wife was the first romantic partner who understood both American and native parts of me – not so much the positive stuff, but the damage.

— Sherman Alexie

If I were given a choice between two films and one was dark and explored depraved, troubled or sick aspects of our culture, I would always opt for that over the next romantic comedy.

— David Schwimmer

My goal on my bucket list is to write a romantic comedy movie.

— Lynda Barry

I don’t think of death in a romantic way anymore.

— Robert Smith

I’m better with my hands, and I always loved the slightly romantic idea of starting with bits of wood and being able to create something to sit on, to eat from, to store your clothes in.

— Jamie Oliver

I’m very romantic.

— Carmen Electra

Dinner is a great first date. Don’t believe that stuff about girls not wanting to eat on a first date – sharing a romantic meal is so sexy.

— Carmen Electra

In mainstream romantic comedies, I’m usually tearing my hair out. It’s just a devastatingly difficult genre for me.

— Carter Burwell

As a kid I quite fancied the romantic, Bohemian idea of being an artist. I expect I thought I could escape from the difficulties of maths and spelling. Maybe I thought I would avoid the judgement of the establishment.

— Peter Wright

In those days, boxing was very glamorous and romantic. You listened to fights on the radio, and a good announcer made it seem like a contest between gladiators.

— Joseph Barbera

There’s something so romantic about being broke in New York. You gotta do it. You have to live there once without any money, and then you have to live there when you have money. Let me tell you, of the two, the latter is far better.

— Amy Poehler

I don’t want to be Mr. Romantic Leading Man. I don’t want to be the Dance Dude. I don’t want to be the Action Guy. If I had to do any one of those all my life, it’d drive me crazy.

— Patrick Swayze

My vanity is I’m terribly romantic! But being married is lovely.

— Matthew Macfadyen

Acting is not about anything romantic, not even fantasy, although you do create fantasy.

— James Earl Jones

There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking – and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones.

— Daniel Dae Kim

Vampires are so old that they don’t need to impress anyone anymore. They’re comfortable in their own skin. It’s this enigmatic strength that’s very romantic and old-fashioned. I think it goes back to something of a Victorian attitude of finding a strong man who’s going to look after his woman.

— Stephen Moyer

I was very influenced by the musicals and romantic comedies of the 1930s. I admired Gene Harlow and such, which probably explains why, since the end of my marriage, I’ve dated nothing but a succession of blondes.

— Hugh Hefner

I can sit in front of the TV and watch an old romantic film and be transfixed.

— Amber Heard

I tend to play strong characters and people just assume that I would want to play romantic comedies, which I would love to do, but there are other women that do it so great and they maybe couldn’t do what I do, play the kind of characters that I play.

— Carrie-Anne Moss

I’ve never felt that I had to take a role in one of those mediocre but hugely budgeted romantic comedies because I want to wear beautiful dresses and have people think I’m pretty and that I get the guy.

— Minnie Driver

I don’t know if it’s possible to live the rock ‘n roll lifestyle and still be romantic.

— Adam Levine

More generally, I made an effort to leave out things that weren’t relevant to the main narrative themes of the book, namely that there were two sides to Steve Jobs: the romantic, poetic, countercultural rebel on one side, and the serious businessperson on the other.

— Walter Isaacson

The other two things are… well, I had a huge appetite for old black and white movies on BBC 2. At the weekends they used to run matinees, and the more romantic the better.

— Ewan McGregor

It seemed romantic but also tragic – people would be winning but then lose it all, or crash but fight on, break bones but get back on their bikes and try to finish. Just getting to the end was seen as an achievement in itself.

— David Millar

The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened.

— Tom Wolfe

I got a gymnastics scholarship to college, fell in love with my true love of my whole life – who I’m married to now – and he was a virgin too. It was very romantic.

— Victoria Jackson

I bought a selection of short, romantic fiction novels, studied them, decided that I had found a formula and then wrote a book that I figured was the perfect story. Thank goodness it was rejected.

— Louise Brown

I’m a hopeless romantic.

— Lance Bass

I think everyone dreams of that nice romantic wedding.

— Lance Bass

I’m sorry, but I can’t make a movie with the blonde from ‘ER’ who is starring in every single bad romantic comedy.

— Matthew Fox

I don’t want to be pigeonholed into doing just romantic comedies. But they’re fun, and especially for women, it’s nice to go to see them and enjoy that breath of fresh air.

— Kristen Bell

The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises.

— Irwin Shaw

I love romantic comedies, or romantic dramas – basically anything with love in it.

— Rachel Bilson

My great-grandfather was in the army in India, and we have photographs of my family there in full Victorian dress. They’re incredibly romantic.

— Georgina Chapman

My music is bejewelled, it’s colourful, it’s romantic, it shines.

— Carly Rae Jepsen

I used to be a hopeless romantic – I fell in love with everyone I went out with.

— Jeremy London

I’m still a bit of a romantic and an idealist and hopelessly naive.

— Brit Marling

I’m the first one who sees every romantic comedy in theaters.

— Elizabeth Olsen

I’ve been married before, but I’ve never had my dream wedding in Vegas. I wanted to do it there because it’s casual, quick, not religious and, most of all, very romantic.

— Sinead O’Connor

My mom had this romantic notion of her children playing classical music. The idea is you learn it when you’re still learning language. It’s using the same part of the brain.

— Andrew Bird

Cooking is always very romantic!

— Matthew Morrison

Basically, I’m a romantic.

— Pia Zadora

I always wanted a guitar. I always wanted to be a cowboy singer because I also listened to Hank Williams, and he would always sing these neat romantic songs.

— Dick Dale

I’d like to be played as a child by Natalie Wood. I’d have some romantic scenes as Audrey Hepburn and have gritty black-and-white scenes as Patricia Neal.

— Gloria Steinem

Christmas is a time of year that’s so romantic.

— Katharine McPhee

Mind you, Roman Holiday – which is kind of a romantic comedy – is one of my favorite films, and I think Audrey Hepburn is absolutely phenomenal in that movie.

— Ellen Page

If I had no family, my wife and I would lead a much more romantic and nomadic existence.

— David McCallum

I’d like to classify my life as a romantic comedy. Unfortunately I feel it’s probably more like a TV reality show.

— Uma Thurman

I’m not religious, I’m not romantic and I live purely by logic. I make every decision by logic and sometimes that leads me to the right and sometimes to the wrong decision.

— Laura Marling

We travellers are in very hard circumstances. If we say nothing but what has been said before us, we are dull and have observed nothing. If we tell anything new, we are laughed at as fabulous and romantic.

— Mary Wortley Montagu

The most aggressive artists often hide their romantic side.

— Don Johnson

I don’t think I’ll ever escape the fact that I don’t belong anywhere in particular. I’ve often dreamed about going back to Nigeria, but that’s a very romantic notion. It’s a hideous country to go to in reality.

— Hugo Weaving

I’ve often dreamed about going back to Nigeria, but that’s a very romantic notion. It’s a hideous country to go to in reality.

— Hugo Weaving

I’d like to do a romantic comedy.

— Aaron Eckhart

I’m a romantic, and I like guys to bring flowers and buy some gifts – not expensive things, just romantic things.

— Bai Ling

I guess I’m a bit of a romantic.

— Felicity Jones

Is that romantic fantasy real? Um, after kids, no. Take the kids away, I don’t know. Depends.

— Robin Wright Penn

But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard, ugly truths about life that are important to know.

— Donna Tartt

I think the institute of marriage is a noble thing. The idea of a partner for life is incredibly romantic. But now we’re living to 100. A hundred years ago people were dying at age 37. Til death do us part was a much different deal.

— Debra Messing

No, actually ‘The Host’ was totally a palate-cleanser for me. I wanted to do something a little bit different than romantic love. Romantic love is in there, obviously, because I enjoy writing about that and living it a lot.

— Stephenie Meyer

For a romantic comedy to be three hours long, that’s longer than most marriages.

— David Fincher

When I was very, very young, seven years old, I heard there was school where you could go to learn to draw. That was my absolute driven passion, to become an artist or a painter. So the romantic realist in me, I studied to be a graphic design artist and an art teacher.

— David Coverdale

Well, there’s just some universal truths in a way that I’ve just observed to be true. You read Voltaire. You read modern literature. Anywhere you go, there’s these observations about romantic love and what it does people, and these rotten feelings that rarely are people meaning to do that to each other.

— Feist

In terms of romantic films, all-time romantic films, I really like ‘Gone With the Wind.’ And I realize I sound so cliched saying that, but there’s something so absolutely romantic about it.

— Freida Pinto

We don’t tend to write about disease in fiction – not just teen novels but all American novels – because it doesn’t fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic. There is room only for sacrifice, heroism, war, politics and family struggle.

— John Green

I wouldn’t treat a romantic scene any differently than any other scene. I would really say the biggest preparation was chewing gum and breath mints! For a kissing scene, it’s all about the breath mints!

— Alice Englert

I am a hopeless romantic.

— Jessica Brown Findlay

I don’t feel like a romantic lead I guess I feel more like a character actor.

— Matthew Macfadyen

Yeah, romantic comedies are the hardest movies to make. Maybe one works a year.

— Dylan McDermott

I find it incredibly romantic that people should fight for a cause they believe in and be prepared to die for it.

— James D’arcy

In the movies, Bette Davis lights two cigarettes and hands the second one to James Cagney. It was just so glamorous and romantic.

— Loni Anderson

I’d love to do a romantic comedy. And perhaps, if the character was right and I had a good gut instinct, a Bollywood movie. And I’d love to direct. One day. I’m learning a lot on the set of ‘The Good Wife.’

— Archie Panjabi

Are you kidding? I’m a terrible cook, but John is a really great one. Literally, I never cook. The whole time we were dating, I prepared two officially romantic meals. Both of them were such disasters that he begs me never to go into the kitchen again.

— Rebecca Romijn

When you are the lead in a romantic comedy, you have to worry about people really liking you.

— Morris Chestnut

I am a big fan of the old Howard Hawks films from the 30s and 40s, I was a big Hepburn and Tracey fan for a while and Woody Allen films that are a very different kind of romantic comedy.

— Edward Burns

Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles, because it seemed wrong to have my 3-year-old wondering why Daddy was kissing someone else.

— Chevy Chase

When you’re playing a romantic version of a real person, you’re playing a version of the truth.

— Andrea Riseborough

Ooh, it’s too embarrassing to share my innermost romantic secrets – although I have written Danielle the odd poem. If anything they are more comedic than romantic. They used to be well-received but that was before she started studying Shakespeare at drama college. Now I feel so inept.

— Gary Lineker

We have got too many kids around the house to have a romantic meal at home. But Danielle is a fantastic cook. She does a brilliant lasagne, great roasts and a great chilli dish. She knows the way to my heart.

— Gary Lineker

I’m not about to talk about what’s romantic in my life – I figure if you talk about it once – then that’s an open invitation for everyone to dig into your personal life even further.

— James Van Der Beek

I’m not about to talk about what’s romantic in my life – I figure if you talk about it once, then that’s an open invitation for everyone to dig into your personal life even further. So, I just keep my private life to myself.

— James Van Der Beek

Then I abandoned comics for fine art because I had some romantic vision of being like Vincent Van Gogh Jr.

— Bill Griffith

New York has got this sort of wonderful romantic idea of the South.

— Josh Lucas

The reason I turn down 99% of a hundred, I mean a thousand, scripts is because romantic comedies are often very romantic but seldom very funny.

— Hugh Grant

Being in the studio is a really romantic time.

— Alison Krauss

Movies don’t look hard, but figuring it out, getting the shape of it, getting everybody’s character right and having it be funny, make sense and be romantic, it’s creating a puzzle. Yes, having been a writer for so long, I have an awareness of when things are going awry, but it doesn’t mean I know how to fix them.

— Nancy Meyers

Times were changing. Clothes were changing. Morals were changing. We went from romantic loves songs like I used to do to rock ‘n roll. Now that has changed to rap. So, there’s always a new generation with new music.

— Bobby Vinton

When I read the script, I liked the script very much and I thought it was a marvelous part for her, because I think it is a change of pace. I mean, we know how wonderful she is in romantic comedy.

— Albert Finney

I have never been so calculating as to sing some Barry White song to get a girl. But I do think it’s very romantic to cook dinner and sit around the piano at night and sing together.

— John Stamos

A handful of older, romantic leading men, like Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, and Robert Redford are still landing parts.

— Charles Dance

My most romantic job: I was a manager at Baskin-Robbins.

— Eric McCormack

I’m in the mood for another Moonstruck experience, for another romantic comedy.

— Norman Jewison

Moonstruck… was one of the few romantic comedies to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

— Norman Jewison

And even Moonstruck – for some reason the audience were just in the mood for a very romantic film, because it’s one of the few romantic comedies to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

— Norman Jewison

I’m really a romantic at heart.

— Christopher Atkins

It more or less has the shape of a love song, but ‘Crescent Moon’ reflects more my longing for an ancient romantic context that includes wild animals, fire, danger of death, stellar navigation, and seasonal intuition.

— Frank Black

Some have called we rock and roll performers who never retire ‘troubadours.’ I enjoy this misnomer immensely. While there are many differences between me and my distant predecessors in L’Occitane, I do believe there is a lineage that connects us of the last 70 years with those romantic singers of the High Middle Ages.

— Frank Black

As an actor, I’ve grown considerably. It’s taken me years to get comfortable doing a romantic scene and dancing on stage in front of a live audience. I’ve really opened up a lot.

— Sanjay Dutt

When I start to write, words have become physical presence. It was to see if I could bring that private world to life that found its first expression through reading. I really dislike the romantic notion of the artist.

— John McGahern

I don’t know if it’s a romantic comedy but I’m in the beginning of the first of the season of ‘The West Wing.’ We shot it last year. I don’t know. If anyone asks me to be in one, I’ll jump on it.

— Jason Isaacs

I’m sick of playing romantic leads.

— John Corbett

Any romantic feelings for a 12-year-old are like entering into a fantasy world.

— Wes Anderson

In Romanticism, the main determinant is the mood, the atmosphere. And in that regard, you could also describe Schubert as a Romantic.

— Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

I am a bit of a hopeless romantic. I really do have a faith and a belief in love, and when I love, I love hard.

— Melanie Fiona

You do your work as a photographer and everything becomes past. Words are more like thoughts the photographer’s picture is always surrounded by a kind of romantic glamor – no matter what you do, and how you twist it.

— Robert Frank

Well my biggest dream is to be in a romantic comedy.

— Izabella Scorupco

Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.

— Max Eastman

When I was younger, many of my romantic escapades were just a means of simply avoiding being by myself. I was afraid of feeling lonely, afraid I wouldn’t know what to say to myself.

— Michael Zaslow

Well, we all start thinking we’re going to be Romantic rock stars, but then reality hits and you realize no one reads you but other poets.

— George Murray

People want to hear about the extremes of human nature. They want things that are larger than their own lives, and more romantic, and not necessarily of their own experiences.

— Richard Thompson

I enjoy doing romantic stories. I’ve done a lot of them.

— Joe Lando

Clearly romantic comedy is my franchise genre, I don’t mind saying that, it’s true. I love doing them and hopefully always will do them.

— Meg Ryan

If it’s a romantic holiday, the only thing I need is my wife. We love quiet and calm places where we can’t be disturbed. Neither of us likes being in busy places we would much rather stay in our hotel room and enjoy each other’s company.

— Jean Reno

I like to see love stories: romantic comedy or romantic drama.

— Pia Zadora

‘I Am Number Four’ is an action-packed adventure entwined with a romantic story. I play the role of John Smith. John wants to be a normal kid, but he is from a different planet and he has been given this destiny of becoming a warrior.

— Alex Pettyfer

It’s good to be able to be a leading lady, to be a romantic lead, to play opposite people who are talented, and charismatic and stuff.

— Heather Graham

I never got the opportunity to be romantic or feel romantic with anyone.

— Gary Coleman

Usually, in romantic comedies, you end up sacrificing a great deal of the complexity – you know, just two attractive people and a good soundtrack.

— Timothy Olyphant

As far as the leading man/romantic lead, I’ll tell you what, I really enjoyed my experience more than I thought or imagined I would on ‘Catch and Release.’ God bless them if they want to give me another shot at that. I would love to have that as something I can go to on occasion.

— Timothy Olyphant

We are in desperate need of a well-done romantic lesbian comedy.

— Jill Bennett

You’re always close and you never get that big romantic lead.

— Patricia Clarkson

The big stars I felt a kinship with were never the romantic leads. It wasn’t Steve McQueen or Robert Redford – it was people like Walter Matthau and Anthony Quinn. My big hero was Tommy Cooper.

— Alfred Molina

I’m a very romantic person.

— Esai Morales

You won’t find me in a romantic comedy. Those movies don’t speak to me. People don’t come to talk to me about those scripts, because they probably think I’m this dark, twisted, miserable person.

— Naomi Watts

Classical, Romantic, and Baroque music, that’s what I really like.

— Joan Armatrading

If we perform the romantic repertoire we need more musicians.

— Neville Marriner

The thing you can’t let go of is gravity. The reality of gravity in writing. If someone says something really mean in a sitcom, and the next wave isn’t a reaction to the reality of that, you start losing relatability. In a lot of romantic comedies, they throw out the rules of life.

— Michael Patrick King

My husband does so many romantic things for me, it’s absurd.

— Jennifer Beals

I’m a really huge fan of the old romantic comedies from the ’30s and ’40s… Huge fan. I love all that stuff.

— Thomas Jane

I’m opening up my heart to the idea of dating. It’s funny – my friends would always come to me for romantic advice. I know nothing, and things have changed since I was dating in high school! I’m really trying hard to spend this time working on myself.

— Olivia Wilde

If I were sufficiently romantic I suppose I’d have killed myself long ago just to make people talk about me. I haven’t even got the conviction to make a successful drunkard.

— John Dos Passos

There are so many different reasons as to why I love riding trains. But I think ultimately it’s the romantic feeling of it. There’s something about it that just transports me into old films.

— Rosario Dawson

I think in a lot of romantic comedies it ends with a kiss, and I feel like in modern day relationships, and maybe just my own experience, it starts with a kiss and then all sort of falls apart and then comes together. You’re texting. You’re wondering what’s going on. There’s no definitions, there’s no labels.

— Elizabeth Meriwether

I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies, believe it or not.

— Kate Hudson

I really, really, really want to do a silly romantic comedy where I can just have a crush on the guy, trip over myself, and laugh and be goofy. I just feel like all I do is cry, sob, and fight zombies and the bad guys.

— Laurie Holden

I’m a horrible romantic!

— Jamie Campbell Bower

I was also the romantic lead in The Boston Strangler – I was the only one that lived to tell the story – so I called myself the romantic lead.

— Sally Kellerman

I try to speak of a love that not necessarily romantic. I think there is so much love between people and so much love people want to give but it’s harder and harder these days to show that, to celebrate that, you know?

— Emeli Sande

I would like to do maybe a smaller romantic comedy.

— Linda Fiorentino

Hugh Grant is the main man. He’s the number one romantic comedy man in the world.

— Sam Elliott

Something like ‘Without a Paddle’ does really well at the box office and I’m like, ‘Oh, here we go.’ In ‘Without a Paddle’ I’m the romantic lead – great! A comedy and that’s what America wants. Then it did nothing for me and I went into kind-of a work abyss. I just didn’t get another shot.

— Matthew Lillard

I don’t live with people, that’s why my relationships last. I’m not romantic. Even when I was a teenager if somebody asked if they could hold my hand I’d say, – no, it’s not heavy, I can hold it myself, thank you’.

— Paul O’Grady

I got a degree in sociology, didn’t read much fiction in college, and I was a pretty political, left-wing type of guy. I wanted to do some kind of work in social change and make things better for the poor man, and I was very romantic and passionate about it.

— Andre Dubus III

But other vampire stories? Well, no, I really haven’t read too many, and I can’t say I’m crazy about romantic vampires anyway – to me the vampire is simply an evil monster.

— Brian Lumley

Before I became a suspense novelist, I wrote romantic suspense as Alicia Scott.

— Lisa Gardner

In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love, you want the other person.

— Margaret Chase Smith

Building a little bonfire at night on the beach and lying on a blanket with my wife under the stars is not only sexy, it’s romantic.

— Benjamin Bratt

I’m a hopeless romantic, and very much the person in a relationship to go: If things are going well, I’ll buy the flowers, remember the dates of things, plan fun nights out.

— Jennifer Love Hewitt

I think Bach is equally a romantic composer because he laid the seeds harmonically for people like Chopin and the great Romantics, Brahms, so it’s difficult to you know all this like labelling and putting – I think Bach is attractive to musicians because he supersedes the labels.

— Nigel Kennedy

At the risk of sounding hopelessly romantic, love is the key element. I really love to play with different musicians who come from different cultural backgrounds.

— John McLaughlin

I love romantic comedy, but I think you have to have another idea that you’re chasing along with romantic comedy.

— James L. Brooks

I had to trick people into giving me money for my first film. Making a romantic comedy is easier and more expected from a woman than it is to make a drama about a Japanese warrior.

— Julie Delpy

There’s a hardening of the culture. Reality TV has lowered the standards of entertainment. You’re left wondering about the legitimacy of relationships. It’s probably harder to entertain the same people with a more classic form of writing, and romantic comedies are a classic genre.

— Nancy Meyers

A man’s ability to haggle is never a turn-on. The only thing less romantic than how much you paid is how much you saved. The last thing we want to hear is how you talked the jeweler down on our new earrings.

— Jennifer Coolidge

What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one’s nose, taking shortcuts.

— Italo Calvino

When I was a teenager I was a total romantic escapist. My world was books.

— Colin Wilson

Somebody called me a ‘bruised romantic’ once, and I like that.

— Susannah McCorkle

Maybe I’m naively romantic, but I do believe that spice and excitement doesn’t stop once a couple gets together.

— Stana Katic

Many people with physical disabilities have romantic lives and good marriages to partners who see past their disabilities and recognize all of the things they can do.

— Jeanne Phillips

Although some people think I am a romantic novelist I have always thought of myself as a rather gritty radical historian.

— Philippa Gregory

I think Bond the character is distinct: He’s British, he has a certain code that he lives by, he’s incorruptible… he’s a classical hero, but he’s also fallible. He has inner demons, inner conflicts, and he’s a romantic.

— Barbara Broccoli

With While You Were Sleeping, it was so much fun and such a Cinderella story, that I didn’t want to do another romantic comedy. I wanted to do the opposite.

— Bill Pullman

Truthfully, I almost avoided ‘While You Were Sleeping,’ because I find those romantic comedies kind of precious, and they’re full of lines that leave you feeling a little bewildered when you say them.

— Bill Pullman

I want to do more action adventures and more romantic comedies.

— Maria Bello

I heard this music coming out of the radio and it was ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business.’ It got me. I thought, ‘I can do this.’ I decided just like that. No romantic story.

— Jerry Leiber

Romantic music really stirs my soul. And, of course, I love Chinese music it makes me feel closer to home.

— Liu Wen

I’m a very loyal boyfriend. I’m a bit of a joker… I can be romantic, but not too sickly.

— Louis Tomlinson

I know it’s hard to blame the time, but there’s a bit of an expectation for a summer movie. I think that ‘Superman Returns’ was a bit nostalgic and romantic, and I don’t think that was what people were expecting, especially in the summer.

— Bryan Singer

I’m very romantic. I’ve emptied flower shops.

— Bob Hoskins

I’m a very romantic and passionate guy.

— Diego Boneta

The first book I wrote was The Bride Price which was a romantic book, but my husband burnt the book when he saw it. I was the typical African woman, I’d done this privately, I wanted him to look at it, approve it and he said he wouldn’t read it.

— Buchi Emecheta

In the West, audiences think I am a stereotyped action star, or that I always play hitmen or killers. But in Hong Kong, I did a lot of comedy, many dramatic films, and most of all, romantic roles, lots of love stories. I was like a romance novel hero.

— Chow Yun-Fat

I love romantic comedies.

— Lil’ Romeo

After these three novels I gave up writing novels for a time I was dissatisfied with romantic doom, yet didn’t see much way around it.

— Nicholas Mosley

I think a nice romantic dinner should be saved for when you and the girl you’re dating or seeing have something special and it’s a more special occasion.

— Ben Savage

It seems to me that romantic comedies used to be about falling in love, but in recent years they’ve really become just comedies where the love story is only there as a spine to hang the jokes on.

— Nigel Cole

There were two sides to David Lean: on the one side, he was kind of a rather stiff, disciplined Englishman. And then he had this kind of romantic side to him. I think being true to both sides of your nature is important.

— John Boorman

Scotsmen are metaphisical and emotional, they are sceptical and mystical, they are romantic and ironic, they are cruel and tender, and full of mirth and despair.

— William Dunbar

Forget romantic fiction, a survey has found that most women would rather read a good book than go shopping, have sex, or sleep.

— Janet Street-Porter

I am not an adolescent, nor a romantic. I analyze objectively.

— Dilma Rousseff

There’s something about marriage that is not as intensely romantic or interesting as a couple’s first meeting.

— John Sandford

I get some of my ideas from watching my three daughters, but most of them come from my own memories of growing up. I can remember how romantic I was, not just about love, but romance in the classic sense – the romantic ideals: of honor and truth, of loyalty, sacrifice and fairness. Those were the elements that made a story satisfying to me.

— Francine Pascal

I’m getting a lot of uninteresting romantic lead guys that look good and fall in love sort of garbage.

— Bobby Cannavale

It’s harder and harder to make a well-done romantic comedy these days because the conventions have been so played out.

— Dana Fox

People say the ‘Lost Generation’ in a romantic sense, but I think it was tragic. They were really lost.

— Corey Stoll

The writing career is not a romantic one. The writer’s life may be colorful, but his work itself is rather drab.

— Mary Roberts Rinehart

I’m no romantic, surfing, California boy. I like reading, writing, philosophizing. Scheming. I’ve been doing some exploration of the inner space.

— Henry Hopper

The thing about romance and romantic movies is that they can be somewhat melodramatic. For a lot of actors, there’s a certain cringe factor that’s involved with that.

— David Lyons

I think one of the downsides of the sort of obsession with romantic love and personal fulfillment is that the plain fact of the matter is that those feelings don’t last for ever and so they better be replaced and reinforced by things that do.

— Mary Archer

A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.

— Arthur Symons

In our romantic groves I adored her like a divinity.

— Anne Boyd

Consider what a romantic expedition you are on take notes.

— Anne Boyd

So I’m still in my romantic stage with London, I love it as a place.

— Christian Cooke

The whole westward expansion myth is seen as romantic. But it’s a joke, a blot on American history.

— Frank Waters

I want to do all kinds of things. I want to do some comedy. I’d love to do a romantic comedy, and I’d love to do some period pieces with classical text. I’d love somebody to cast me as Macbeth, but for a film. I just want to be all over the place.

— Kevin Alejandro

For a lot of the time I was in Berkeley, I was single. I was living in a kind of collegiate apartment by myself – it was like a protracted summer vacation. So at least in hindsight, I have gloomy emotions attached to Berkeley, whereas I started coming to New York because I was dating someone, and it was very exciting and romantic.

— Adrian Tomine

Romantic love, or sex, is the only good thing in a life that is being lived in a dark way.

— Alan Furst

I am a romantic fool, no doubt about that.

— Alex Turner

In grammar school I read ‘Act One’ by Moss Hart, and being a playwright struck me as the most magical and romantic career anyone could have… But I never did write a play.

— Alice McDermott

Right away I think of two books – ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Rebecca’ – and of just sinking into them as a young reader. I think they must have appealed not just to my romantic adolescent soul, but I suppose there’s also an appealing darkness in both of them.

— Alice McDermott

I like romantic dates – going on a long walk in Central Park and then taking the subway downtown and going out to eat and ordering oysters. After that, you walk around again and talk.

— Ansel Elgort

I am a very romantic person, and I love ‘love’ – however cheesy that sounds!

— Armaan Malik

I can sing in various genres, but my heart truly lies in singing romantic songs. This has been my forte ever since I was 8 or 9.

— Armaan Malik

The Romantic poets were the prototype ramblers, and I’ve often found myself following in their footsteps – although perhaps not all of their footsteps since a typical walk for Samuel T. Coleridge might last two days and cover 145km.

— Arthur Smith

I’m a big romantic, so I love guys who are romantic too.

— Ashley Tisdale

With the first commandment, Mohammed tried to imprison common sense. And with the second commandment, the beautiful, romantic side of mankind was enslaved.

— Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I find television, and particularly live television, very romantic: the idea that there is this small group of people, way up high, in a skyscraper in the middle of Manhattan, beaming this signal out into the night.

— Aaron Sorkin

The thing is that love gives us a ringside seat on somebody else’s flaws, so of course you’re gonna spot some things that kinda need to be mentioned. But often the romantic view is to say, ‘If you loved me, you wouldn’t criticise me.’ Actually, true love is often about trying to teach someone how to be the best version of themselves.

— Alain de Botton

If you are pro love, you have to be a little bit disloyal to the romantic feelings that propel you in the early days.

— Alain de Botton

Romantic poetry had its heyday when people like Lord Byron were kicking it large. But you try and make a living as a poet today, and you’ll find it’s very different!

— Alan Moore

My greatest environments in which I can grow, or grow up, is in personal romantic relationships with a man.

— Alanis Morissette

When I was sixteen, I was an absolutely romantic guy. I fell in love every week. I mean, I was in love with everybody, but unfortunately, nobody was in love with me.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Surrealism was necessary – essential, even – in the 1920s to bridge the gap between rationalism and the subconscious. It started something important. But by the early ’60s, it had become petit-bourgeois it was too intellectual and romantic, and had ground to a halt. It had become respectable.

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

I’m very romantic, I’m extremely romantic. I date my wife.

— Alice Cooper

There’s something so romantic about being broke in New York. You gotta do it. You have to live there once without any money, and then you have to live there when you have money. Let me tell you, of the two, the latter is far better.

— Amy Poehler

For me, it’s sad to say, but I would probably have a spiritual marriage but not a legal marriage, because I think so much about marriage starts to become about finances. It has nothing to do with God or feelings or the romantic side of marriage. It’s about who owns what, who gets what? So what’s the point?

— Andie MacDowell

I think the American West really attracts me because it’s romantic. The desert, the empty space, the drama.

— Ang Lee

Get this, kids – how a man proposes isn’t what makes him romantic. It’s how a man purposes to lay down his life that makes him romantic.

— Ann Voskamp

I have often been downcast but never in despair I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary, I treat all the privations as amusing.

— Anne Frank

Those fields of daisies we landed on, and dusty fields and desert stretches. Memories of many skies and earths beneath us – many days, many nights of stars.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I think I’m a romantic person, yeah.

— Antonio Banderas

You know, I think that romance sort of coincides with effort, so you can fall flat on your face, but as long as you’re making a great effort, I think it comes off as romantic.

— Ashton Kutcher

I think that romance sort of coincides with effort, so you can fall flat on your face, but as long as you’re making a great effort, I think it comes off as romantic. So it can be something as simple as, like, if you’re someone who doesn’t cook, you can make a meal.

— Ashton Kutcher

I Am Number Four’ is an action-packed adventure entwined with a romantic story. I play the role of John Smith. John wants to be a normal kid, but he is from a different planet and he has been given this destiny of becoming a warrior.

— Alex Pettyfer

I’m a fan of daytime drama I totally get it. When we are doing scenes that are romantic or will get the audience riled up, I feel like I’m a fan in the room going, ‘People are going to be so mad right now!’

— Alison Sweeney

The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.

— Anita Brookner

I would have loved to do ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Being a ‘Bond’ girl would always be fun. We had a lot of action in ‘Eclipse’ and I’d definitely like to continue down the action road. I want to do a romantic period piece, but those are really hard to get made because they’re very expensive and there’s not a huge demographic.

— Ashley Greene

Yeah, but there’s nobody who represents romance to me like Cary Grant.

— Aaron Eckhart

I feel about romance the same way I do about a vocation: it’s a calling. You have an inner intuition, an inner ‘yes.’ I don’t know if it’s destined or not, but certainly I couldn’t imagine being the person I am today without the romantic experiences I’ve had.

— Alden Ehrenreich

I wouldn’t treat a romantic scene any differently than any other scene. I would really say the biggest preparation was chewing gum and breath mints! For a kissing scene, it’s all about the breath mints!

— Alice Englert

I’m really not a TV junkie… OK, I kind of am a TV junkie, but I’m much more of a movie junkie – my junk food is romantic comedies I’ve seen a million times.

— Alison Brie

When you’re playing a romantic version of a real person, you’re playing a version of the truth.

— Andrea Riseborough

Valentine’s Day itself, like most holidays in the modern era, has been heavily influenced by commercialism that focuses on the appeal of romantic fantasies.

— Aberjhani

Classic romantic love is an emotional attraction between two individuals in which they may share a heightened awareness of mutual adoration. Erotic love, traditionally, has been described as shared sexual attraction.

— Aberjhani

I got a degree in sociology, didn’t read much fiction in college, and I was a pretty political, left-wing type of guy. I wanted to do some kind of work in social change and make things better for the poor man, and I was very romantic and passionate about it.

— Andre Dubus III

I’ve written a couple of scripts. Actually, a pilot. I’m not sure I’m allowed to say, but it’s a comedy about three young men in New York City, one of whom may or may not be a romantic like me.

— Andre Holland

I’m the old-school, letter-writing romantic. I know it’s out of style, and not a lot of women go for that these days, but that’s what I go for.

— Andre Holland

The most successful marriages, gay or straight, even if they begin in romantic love, often become friendships. It’s the ones that become the friendships that last.

— Andrew Sullivan

I was thinking about vampires and, specifically, about what makes vampires a romantic trope: about what people like about not just vampires but supernaturally long-lived creatures in general, which is a thing that shows up in probably fifty to sixty percent of paranormal romances… And then, for some reason, I decided to reverse it.

— Alaya Dawn Johnson

I wish that I wasn’t such an odd mixture. I wish I was serious, but I do love high heels and romantic comedies: being in them and watching them.

— Alice Eve

The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon… it sounds romantic, but it’s true – the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time on some amazing machine – a few cars touch on it, but not too many compared to motorcycles. I always felt that any motorcycle journey was special.

— Antoine Predock

I do want to make powerful works of art with people, but I also just want to have fun. I’ve never done a romantic comedy – I’m sure it would be a blast.

— Ahna O’Reilly

I’m not married, nor do I want to be. I’m the loving kind but not the marrying kind, though I am romantic.

— Aunjanue Ellis

I’m a bit of a romantic, to a fault. It’s led me to some great things and also some sad things. It’s made me a better person, to keep a good spirit about dating.

— Alexander Koch

I loved it. I just thought I wanted to stay in college forever. I came to New York all by myself I didn’t have any friends there. But it was fine. I felt comfortable. I started thinking, ‘Maybe graduate school?’ I was really cool with people who were smart, who knew stuff. It’s very romantic and stimulating.

— Alice Smith

Foreign audiences are used to seeing Mexico in other sorts of movies. ‘Casi divas’ is a step toward a more commercially successful cinema, without the violence, blood and exaggerations. The movie reflects a more human Mexico, while remaining a chick flick, although it is not a romantic comedy.

— Ana Layevska

Personally, I can’t see why it would be any less romantic to find a husband in a nice four-color catalogue than in the average downtown bar at happy hour.

— Barbara Ehrenreich

The vampire was a complete change from the usual romantic characters I was playing, but it was a success.

— Bela Lugosi

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.

— Bernard Williams

Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life.

— Bette Davis

I’m not what you might call sexy, but I’m romantic. Let’s put it that way.

— Betty White

To me, little Mike Wazowski is one of the best characters I ever got to play because he was funny. He was outrageous. He got angry. He was romantic. He was a full, well-rounded character.

— Billy Crystal

The word ‘romance,’ according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime.

— Billy Graham

Death was like love, a romantic escape.

— Brigitte Bardot

And I think maybe all women, if they just had a chance, would be romantic and believe in love and not sex. And men believe in sex and not love.

— Beatrice Wood

Growing up, a film was an action film or it was a comedy or it was romantic, but you don’t really see such stark lines between genres nowadays.

— Beck

I go to Saint Barth in the French West Indies for two weeks each year. That place is amazing. Amazing people, beautiful beaches, great wine, wonderful harbors… It’s incredibly romantic.

— Brooke Burke

Latin men are the most passionate men in the world – they may not be the most aggressive, but they are very passionate, very romantic.

— Brooke Burke

I’m a romantic, and I like guys to bring flowers and buy some gifts – not expensive things, just romantic things.

— Bai Ling

I was pleasantly disappointed on entering Bohemia. Instead of a dull, uninteresting country, as I expected, it is a land full of the most lovely scenery. There is every thing which can gratify the eye – high blue mountains, valleys of the sweetest pastoral look and romantic old ruins.

— Bayard Taylor

Building a little bonfire at night on the beach and lying on a blanket with my wife under the stars is not only sexy, it’s romantic.

— Benjamin Bratt

I am quite a romantic person, really, and I should have put that into my music earlier, but I was probably denying it… I didn’t want to be soft because I felt I had to be so hard to get people to believe in me.

— Billy Idol

Romance is mush, stifling those who strive.

— Billy Strayhorn

Times were changing. Clothes were changing. Morals were changing. We went from romantic loves songs like I used to do to rock ‘n roll. Now that has changed to rap. So, there’s always a new generation with new music.

— Bobby Vinton

I think Bond the character is distinct: He’s British, he has a certain code that he lives by, he’s incorruptible… he’s a classical hero, but he’s also fallible. He has inner demons, inner conflicts, and he’s a romantic.

— Barbara Broccoli

I’ve seen plays that are, objectively, total messes that move me in ways that their tidier brethren do not. That’s the romantic mystery of great theater. Translating this ineffability into printable prose is a challenge that can never be fully met.

— Ben Brantley

The whole idea of genre and categorising films is a critic’s construct. For me, I just try and make stories and see where they go, but there’s nothing wrong with horror there’s nothing wrong with romantic comedies.

— Ben Wheatley

I don’t think of Home Depot as romantic, but I do think the Christmas wonderland they put up during the holidays is magical. That is what Home Depot is to me, and that is the only romantic thing about it.

— Betty Who

With While You Were Sleeping, it was so much fun and such a Cinderella story, that I didn’t want to do another romantic comedy. I wanted to do the opposite.

— Bill Pullman

Truthfully, I almost avoided ‘While You Were Sleeping,’ because I find those romantic comedies kind of precious, and they’re full of lines that leave you feeling a little bewildered when you say them.

— Bill Pullman

But other vampire stories? Well, no, I really haven’t read too many, and I can’t say I’m crazy about romantic vampires anyway – to me the vampire is simply an evil monster.

— Brian Lumley

Bonnie and Clyde,’ while one of the best movies ever made, was far more interested in portraying Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker as romantic anti-establishment Robin Hoods than what they really were: white-trash spree killers.

— Bryan Burrough

I know it’s hard to blame the time, but there’s a bit of an expectation for a summer movie. I think that ‘Superman Returns’ was a bit nostalgic and romantic, and I don’t think that was what people were expecting, especially in the summer.

— Bryan Singer

The first book I wrote was The Bride Price which was a romantic book, but my husband burnt the book when he saw it. I was the typical African woman, I’d done this privately, I wanted him to look at it, approve it and he said he wouldn’t read it.

— Buchi Emecheta

In the romantic sense, I’m pretty useless with guys. If I see somebody who I’m attracted to, generally I just think, ‘Oh well, he’s not interested in me.’ The only time that I talk to guys is when they talk to me first.

— Carrie Underwood

A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.

— Charlie Chaplin

That’s my biggest struggle, is maintaining a personal romantic relationship. It takes a lot of effort.

— Chelsea Handler

Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles, because it seemed wrong to have my three-year-old wondering why Daddy was kissing someone else.

— Chevy Chase

I will never say never, but I will say never to doing the more typical romantic comedies. You know, unless I’m getting audited and I’m on the street and I desperately need some dough and that’s the only thing that I’m getting.

— Christian Bale

In terms of the romantic kind of lead, I just never enjoy those movies very much. Maybe they’ll come to interest me more as I get older. I doubt it, but maybe. Romantic comedies tend to be, for me, an oxymoron.

— Christian Bale

O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.

— Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove, That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

— Christopher Marlowe

Of the big horror movies of the ’70s, you have ‘The Omen,’ ‘The Sentinel,’ ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ ‘The Stepford Wives,’ ‘Burnt Offerings’ – these are all romantic fatalist movies where there’s a sort of glimmer of hope… but darkness wins.

— Chuck Palahniuk

I’m always trying to reach a transcendent point, a romantic point, but reach it in a really unconventional way, a really profane way. To get to that romantic, touching, heartbreaking place, but through a lot of acts of profanity.

— Chuck Palahniuk

After Fergie and Prince Andrew honeymooned at Le Touessrok in Mauritius, Bobby, my late husband, and I were first to stay in their suite. We enjoyed the benefits – all the spoils and the special luxuries. We practically had our own private beach, and it was most romantic.

— Cilla Black

Now I believe that lovers should be draped in flowers and laid entwined together on a bed of clover and left there to sleep, left there to dream of their happiness.

— Conor Oberst

It’s glorious to be able to go onto the Internet and hear any kind of music anywhere, from anywhere, and get it instantly. But there’s also something glorious about having a record with a sleeve and looking at the artwork, putting it on the turntable and playing it, there’s still something romantic to me about that.

— Conor Oberst

I saw Tequila Sunrise as a romantic picture with complex, bigger than life characters.

— Conrad Hall

My music is bejewelled, it’s colourful, it’s romantic, it shines.

— Carly Rae Jepsen

I think I’ve only done one horror movie, Psycho III. That was a walk in the park compared to a romantic comedy.

— Carter Burwell

That’s what I like about film-it can be bizarre, classic, normal, romantic. Cinema is to me the most versatile thing.

— Catherine Deneuve

I could go my whole life and say, ‘I’m not going to do anything with a love triangle,’ but whenever you have a romance, there has to be some obstacle, and even the dumbest romantic comedies have a love triangle or something.

— Catherine Hardwicke

Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.

— Charles Kingsley

My dream role would probably be a psycho killer, because the whole thing I love about movies is that you get to do things you could never do in real life, and that would be my way of vicariously experiencing being a psycho killer. Also, it’s incredibly romantic.

— Christina Ricci

What’s funny about the slacker thing, people project an image of what they think a musician is: young, slack, unemployed – like a really romantic idea of a poet, writer or musician – which isn’t really true a lot of the time. I don’t reckon you would know anything about me if I wasn’t moderately hard-working.

— Courtney Barnett

Essentially, I spent most of my childhood with my mother and my older sister, and I suppose I had rather a romantic vision of how things might be if there were men around I saw myself in a country house with six children and a garden. That has never been achieved – and I still regret it.

— Claire Tomalin

There’s no shame in being romantic at all. I think people want to feel that sense of romance, which is rarely even attempted anymore.

— Colin Trevorrow

I tend to play strong characters and people just assume that I would want to play romantic comedies, which I would love to do, but there are other women that do it so great and they maybe couldn’t do what I do, play the kind of characters that I play.

— Carrie-Anne Moss

I don’t need to control anything. Even with romantic partnerships, I don’t need to control anyone.

— Cass McCombs

I would love to write a mystery – a romantic, funny mystery.

— Cecelia Ahern

In the West, audiences think I am a stereotyped action star, or that I always play hitmen or killers. But in Hong Kong, I did a lot of comedy, many dramatic films, and most of all, romantic roles, lots of love stories. I was like a romance novel hero.

— Chow Yun-Fat

A handful of older, romantic leading men, like Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, and Robert Redford are still landing parts.

— Charles Dance

I hate to sound like a romantic adolescent, but I believe artists don’t generally see art as a career choice they simply can’t overcome their desire to make art, and will live on little income for as long as they have to, before they start to sell their work – or give up and get a paying job.

— Charles Saatchi

People say the ‘Lost Generation’ in a romantic sense, but I think it was tragic. They were really lost.

— Corey Stoll

All of the songs my grandparents and parents listened to are called boleros – they’re all love songs. They’re about giving your heart to a person. It’s a culture that is so romantic and passionate, and that’s something that I’m very proud of. We grew up with nothing, so we just want to live a life full of love.

— Camila Cabello

I do feel like guys feel pressure to be funny with me, which is kind of annoying. It’s a turn-off if someone’s trying hard to be funny because it feels like they’re auditioning for a comedy job or something. It doesn’t feel romantic to me. I get so much comedy from my life that, from a guy, I’m more looking for something sweet or romantic.

— Chelsea Peretti

There are several authors who are also lawyers – and not only the ones who write legal thrillers. There are other attorneys who write romantic fiction, and I know of at least one who writes young adult books.

— Candace Camp

Love is one of my favorite things to talk about. Every song will be about losing it or finding it, seeing a guy and not knowing if you want to tell him how you feel yet. I guess I’m a hopeless romantic.

— Candice Glover

My favorite – my very favorite movie, which I suppose is a bit of a guilty pleasure in that it’s like, you know, every scene, you know, pushes every button, is ‘True Romance’ directed by Tony Scott with Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater, and it’s a fantastic, fantastic film, very violent, very romantic.

— Caterina Scorsone

So I’m still in my romantic stage with London, I love it as a place.

— Christian Cooke

If you want to talk about a subject that is important to women, romantic fiction is the place to talk about it because that’s where your audience is.

— Charlotte Lamb

Writers and readers are still trying to work out unresolved problems between men and women, and that is why millions of women around the world are hooked on romantic fiction. So am I.

— Charlotte Lamb

I will always be the hopeless romantic, more often pathetic than heroic.

— Chris Lowell

I’ve done a road trip across Italy with a girlfriend, and that was very romantic. I think that road trips are probably one of the romantic things you can do. To take your girlfriend and just stay wherever don’t have a destination and just drive and see where the road takes you is pretty cool.

— Christopher Egan

I find L.A. kind of romantic, actually. As a movie junkie, it’s a city that was built by the movies. There’s something really weird and surreal about it that I find energizing.

— Damien Chazelle

I don’t know where my romanticism comes from. My mom and dad would read to me a lot. ‘Treasure Island,’ ‘Robinson Crusoe,’ tales of chivalry and knights, things like that. Those are the stories I loved growing up.

— Daniel Radcliffe

When I was 18, I thought that, to be a romantic, you couldn’t live past 30.

— David Bowie

I’m always trying to perfect the romantic comedy, though.

— David Duchovny

I believed that the husband takes care of the family, and the wife takes care of him, and they are true to each other. I know that sounds a romantic illusion, but it can be true.

— Debbie Reynolds

Somehow, the French got this idea of the starving artist. Very romantic, except it’s not so romantic for the starving artist.

— David Lynch

I don’t want to be typecast as a heroine who does a certain kind of cinema, which is why I experiment with the types of films that I do. But yes, I won’t deny that romantic love stories or romantic comedies are what I enjoy doing the most, because as an audience those are the kind of films that I like watching.

— Deepika Padukone

I love Indian, Italian and Mexican food. And if it’s a romantic type of thing, I like a good French restaurant.

— Dolly Parton

Kisses, even to the air, are beautiful.

— Drew Barrymore

I’d done a bachelor’s degree, which I’d enjoyed, but I didn’t know what to do with my life at the time. I was conflicted, and, being a hopeless romantic, I followed my girlfriend at the time to Vanderbilt, where, obviously, we broke up a couple of months later.

— Duncan Jones

Sadly, people think a guy and a girl can’t be friends without something romantic going on.

— Daisy Ridley

I realize that no one is going to come to me and ask me to be Julius Caesar or a romantic lead, but I think I’m a certain type of guy who looks a certain way, and that’s just the reality of things.

— Dennis Farina

I love surprises – champagne and strawberries, all that pampering, romantic stuff. Guys ought to know how to pamper their women properly.

— Danica McKellar

If I were given a choice between two films and one was dark and explored depraved, troubled or sick aspects of our culture, I would always opt for that over the next romantic comedy.

— David Schwimmer

For a romantic comedy to be three hours long, that’s longer than most marriages.

— David Fincher

I always wanted a guitar. I always wanted to be a cowboy singer because I also listened to Hank Williams, and he would always sing these neat romantic songs.

— Dick Dale

But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard, ugly truths about life that are important to know.

— Donna Tartt

It’s great to fall head over heels in love at a fast pace, and nothing’s more romantic, but you need to look after yourself.

— Douglas Booth

It’s a bit of a cliche, but I think girls like to get flowers. I think books are quite romantic, too. If you can find an interesting book, that brings something out in your partner that can be very romantic.

— Douglas Booth

I feel so fortunate to have been able to work so much, particularly in the horror-thriller genre, but I would love to be able to do something perhaps a little more dramatic or even a romantic comedy.

— Danielle Panabaker

To be a lone filmmaker thousands of miles from home with nobody believing in me, that seems romantic.

— Doug Liman

I love Billy Wilder, and I love the way that his films can be very touching and very moving and very romantic, and at the same time there’s always a little cynical undertone, there’s always something that undercuts things.

— David Nicholls

If I had no family, my wife and I would lead a much more romantic and nomadic existence.

— David McCallum

There’s nothing more romantic after not seeing your husband for four months than to have our first night back together, on a Broadway stage, with 12 million people watching.

— Deborra-Lee Furness

Here in New Orleans, what a lot of the musical families do – and this is a romantic concept on my part – is they teach their kids to tap dance first. Then after tap dance, you learn piano, and after piano, you get to pick between all the instruments that are out there.

— Dave Pirner

There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking – and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones.

— Daniel Dae Kim

It seemed romantic but also tragic – people would be winning but then lose it all, or crash but fight on, break bones but get back on their bikes and try to finish. Just getting to the end was seen as an achievement in itself.

— David Millar

The thing about romance and romantic movies is that they can be somewhat melodramatic. For a lot of actors, there’s a certain cringe factor that’s involved with that.

— David Lyons

If you lift the romantic element out of my plots, you still have fully formed mysteries. In the same fashion, if you pull the mystery out of a historical romance, you are left with a perfectly satisfying story.

— Deanna Raybourn

In Romanticism, the main determinant is the mood, the atmosphere. And in that regard, you could also describe Schubert as a Romantic.

— Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Often, romantic comedies exist in a vacuum, and it’s kind of odd.

— Edward Zwick

Romantic comedy has come to mean a couple of moderately talented actors placed in implausible situations obliged to go through a set of paces that are all too familiar, the end result being neither romantic nor comedic.

— Edward Zwick

Mind you, Roman Holiday – which is kind of a romantic comedy – is one of my favorite films, and I think Audrey Hepburn is absolutely phenomenal in that movie.

— Ellen Page

I was meant to date the captain of the football team, I was going to be on a romantic excursion every Saturday night, I was destined to be collecting corsages from every boy in town before prom, accepting such floral offerings like competing sacrifices to a Delphic goddess.

— Elizabeth Wurtzel

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.

— Emily Dickinson

I absolutely love Ireland. It’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and I have strong ties here. Both my grandmothers are from Ireland, and I have spent every summer in Bantry since my father, who is an artist, had the romantic idea 20 years ago to buy an old farmhouse on the west coast and renovate it.

— Emily Ratajkowski

When the heart speaks, its language is the same under all latitudes.

— Ella Maillart

I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love – and it being more important and special than anything and everything else.

— Emma Watson

When I started dating I had this kind of Romeo and Juliet, fateful romantic idea about love which was almost that you were a victim and there was a lot of pain involved and that was how it should be.

— Emma Watson

A romantic or classical view of the French approach would have been to say, ‘It’s a French company let no one attack it. Let’s block any merger. But the reality is Alcatel-Lucent is not a French company it’s a global company. Its main markets are China and the U.S. Its ownership is foreign most of its managers aren’t French.

— Emmanuel Macron

The other two things are… well, I had a huge appetite for old black and white movies on BBC 2. At the weekends they used to run matinees, and the more romantic the better.

— Ewan McGregor

I would say 80% of the scripts I get are dramas and not comedies or romantic comedies, which is funny because that’s what I do every week.

— Eva Longoria

It is certainly true that writers take a stance at some variance from organized religion. This has not always been true. But since the romantic movement – and I’m referring now exclusively to poetry – the emphasis has been on the individual imagination defined against, rather than in terms of, any orthodoxy.

— Eavan Boland

I am a big fan of the old Howard Hawks films from the 30s and 40s, I was a big Hepburn and Tracey fan for a while and Woody Allen films that are a very different kind of romantic comedy.

— Edward Burns

I was the female lead in a romantic comedy. It’s a little indie film that we shot in China called ‘America Town,’ starring Daniel Henney and Bill Paxton. I actually had to speak Chinese in the film. It was funny because I found out I was doing the film and then a week later, I was in Shanghai.

— Eliza Coupe

I am a die-hard romantic at heart and love the idea of love. But, when it comes to love, I kinda believe in the old world charm of romance – where there’s mystery and intrigue.

— Esha Gupta

For me, playing music while I write is important. Several of the romantic scenes in ‘Paris’ were written with Debussy’s ‘String Quartet,’ his ‘L’Apres-midi d’une Faune,’ or Canteloube’s ‘Songs of the Auvergne’ playing in the background.

— Edward Rutherfurd

Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists… When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.

— Edmond de Goncourt

How many times can you play an action character, or a quirky romantic? Every actor has to find his own way to make each character unique.

— Edward Herrmann

Historically, the French have had a romantic attachment to their bikes. Though the first functioning two-wheeler is thought to have been invented by a German in 1817, it was the French who popularized and marketed the device in the 1860s, giving it the name ‘bicycle.’

— Elaine Sciolino

I think in a lot of romantic comedies it ends with a kiss, and I feel like in modern day relationships, and maybe just my own experience, it starts with a kiss and then all sort of falls apart and then comes together. You’re texting. You’re wondering what’s going on. There’s no definitions, there’s no labels.

— Elizabeth Meriwether

We ‘chicks’ have munched our popcorn while romantic comedies became just comedies, and then each female protagonist got recast for Matthew McConaughey or Seth Rogan.

— Emma McLaughlin

I try to speak of a love that not necessarily romantic. I think there is so much love between people and so much love people want to give but it’s harder and harder these days to show that, to celebrate that, you know?

— Emeli Sande

An early editor characterized my books as ‘romantic comedy for intelligent adults.’ I think people see them as funny but kind. I don’t set out to write either funny or kind, but it’s a voice they like, quirky like me… And you know, people like happy endings.

— Elinor Lipman

You can tell a lot about a man from his hands. If they don’t have any scars or calluses on them, you might as well assume they cry at romantic comedy films, too.

— Ellen Hollman

I get some of my ideas from watching my three daughters, but most of them come from my own memories of growing up. I can remember how romantic I was, not just about love, but romance in the classic sense – the romantic ideals: of honor and truth, of loyalty, sacrifice and fairness. Those were the elements that made a story satisfying to me.

— Francine Pascal

I’m a romantic, and we romantics are more sensitive to the way people feel. We love more, and we hurt more. When we’re hurt, we hurt for a long time.

— Freddy Fender

I’m a romantic a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won’t.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Well, there’s just some universal truths in a way that I’ve just observed to be true. You read Voltaire. You read modern literature. Anywhere you go, there’s these observations about romantic love and what it does people, and these rotten feelings that rarely are people meaning to do that to each other.

— Feist

I am definitely romantic, and I love romantic stories – that’s why I keep making romantic movies.

— Felicity Jones

I was thinking ‘Love Story’, obviously, was a romantic film of that time.

— Felicity Jones

You know, I’ve always thought that it would be really funny if somebody made a romantic comedy where absolutely everything went well from beginning to end.

— Fiona Apple

If you want to wear long hair or wear that dress, as long as you’re not hurting yourself or anybody else, I say do it. If you want to go out and have a romantic, sexy affair, do it.

— Florence Henderson

Romantic love is mental illness. But it’s a pleasurable one. It’s a drug. It distorts reality, and that’s the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw.

— Fran Lebowitz

Some have called we rock and roll performers who never retire ‘troubadours.’ I enjoy this misnomer immensely. While there are many differences between me and my distant predecessors in L’Occitane, I do believe there is a lineage that connects us of the last 70 years with those romantic singers of the High Middle Ages.

— Frank Black

It more or less has the shape of a love song, but ‘Crescent Moon’ reflects more my longing for an ancient romantic context that includes wild animals, fire, danger of death, stellar navigation, and seasonal intuition.

— Frank Black

There are so many romantic comedies made, but very few dramas or love stories. And with a love story, you have to take time to develop three-dimensional characters.

— Gina Prince-Bythewood

I love Valentine’s Day! I love it, I love it, I love it. I like having doors opened for me. My favorite romantic comedy is ‘When Harry Met Sally.’

— Ginnifer Goodwin

Sometimes I make very selfish choices like I did ‘Once Upon A Time’ for my inner 8-year-old and my hypothetical future child. I’ve done some movies because I would regret them if I didn’t, but other projects I’ve done because they’ve scared me or if I felt I needed to do a big romantic comedy to help me professionally.

— Ginnifer Goodwin

Women love romance, but they’re not as romantic as men.

— George Hamilton

You’re an actor, are you? Well, all that means is: you are irresponsible, irrational, romantic, and incapable of handling an adult emotion or a universal concept without first reducing it to something personal, material, sensational – and probably sexual!

— George Herman

Remember, beneath every cynic there lies a romantic, and probably an injured one.

— Glenn Beck

I sail, run dogs, ride horses, play professional poker and tell stories about the stuff I’ve been through. And I’m still a romantic I still want Bambi to make it out of the fire.

— Gary Paulsen

I’m a teller of stories. I put bloody skins on my back and dance around the fire, and I say what the hunt was like. It’s not erudite it’s not intellectual. I sail, run dogs, ride horses, play professional poker, and tell stories about the stuff I’ve been through. And I’m still a romantic I still want Bambi to make it out of the fire.

— Gary Paulsen

Ooh, it’s too embarrassing to share my innermost romantic secrets – although I have written Danielle the odd poem. If anything they are more comedic than romantic. They used to be well-received but that was before she started studying Shakespeare at drama college. Now I feel so inept.

— Gary Lineker

We have got too many kids around the house to have a romantic meal at home. But Danielle is a fantastic cook. She does a brilliant lasagne, great roasts and a great chilli dish. She knows the way to my heart.

— Gary Lineker

People who know me, they know I have a sense of humor, I’m a bit of a joker, a bit of a clown really, and I would love someone to exploit that side of me and send me a romantic comedy.

— Gary Oldman

I don’t think Hollywood knows what to do with me. I would imagine that when it comes to romantic comedies, my name would be pretty low down on the list.

— Gary Oldman

There is always something I gain from watching a movie, whether it’s a silly romantic comedy or an art film.

— Gia Coppola

Romance like a ghost escapes touching it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.

— George William Curtis

There’s something very romantic about self-destruction and sabotaging your life, and taking a hammer to it.

— Gerard Way

If I can give you one strong piece of advice, when you go away for that romantic weekend, whatever you do, do not accept or take the upgrade to the honeymoon suite.

— Gordon Ramsay

A friend of mine wrote a script, a feminist romantic comedy. She had a feminist scholar consult on it. My friend said, ‘Oh, my friend Gillian read it and really loved it.’ She goes, ‘Gillian Jacobs, you mean: Britta Perry, feminist icon?’

— Gillian Jacobs

As opposed to trying to make a kiss look romantic or sweet or passionate, it’s kind of fun to just have the freedom to make it look weird, goofy and awkward.

— Gillian Jacobs

Rather nostalgically, I sometimes think I could still play Juliet. Inside, I’m still an incorrigible romantic.

— Gemma Jones

Hip hop is the strongest form of protest there is, and it doesn’t always have to be a violent protest. It can be romantic, also. When you listen to Kanye West’s ‘Street Lights’ for example, there’s romance, there’s pain – you feel the essence. I get the same thing from Drake and 2 Chainz.

— Giuseppe Zanotti

A lot of romantic comedies are just light romantic dramas, or the comedy comes off second-best.

— Graeme Simsion

Romantic ideas about the heart fly in the face of known fact, but that doesn’t matter and never has. People many thousands of years ago knew that the heart is basically a blood pump, but that didn’t keep them from also believing it was the seat of romantic love (and all other strong emotion).

— George Fetherling

For me, the romantic comedies I love are the ones that pay homage to the genre, but also find their ways to twist it and tweak it.

— Greg Berlanti

I’m not done with love, but I refuse to settle. I am a hopeless romantic. And I won’t stop till I get it right.

— Halle Berry

That’s so romantic, to wake up and find that he’s packed a bag – and that for the next 48 hours, everything is taken care of.

— Hannah Simone

You know, I always got offered other stuff. Not the romantic leads, obviously. But very often it’s a role that’s underwritten, where the character has no personality at all. And they need a character actor who can fill it in.

— Harvey Fierstein

You think, ‘Musicals, they must always be romantic’ – You’d be surprised how few of them historically have ever been romantic.

— Harold Prince

It’s good to be able to be a leading lady, to be a romantic lead, to play opposite people who are talented, and charismatic and stuff.

— Heather Graham

I’m not trying to be romantic. I think you can tell when people are trying to be sexy onstage. When I was doing ‘All the Way,’ I was really thinking about my wife. People don’t know my personal experience, but they can tell it’s an honest interpretation.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

The reason you take antidepressants is to feel calm. And romantic love is not calm – it’s elation, it’s mood swings, and you’re killing all that when you take the drug.

— Helen Fisher

When you’re in the throes of this romantic love, it’s overwhelming – you’re out of control, you’re irrational, you’re going to the gym at 6 A.M. every day – Why? Because she’s there.

— Helen Fisher

Any kind of novelty or excitement drives up dopamine in the brain, and dopamine is associated with romantic love.

— Helen Fisher

I think romantic love evolved to enable you to focus your mating energy on just one individual at a time, thereby conserving mating time and energy.

— Helen Fisher

Blushing is thought to be linked to increased levels of norepinephrine in the brain, which may be associated with romantic feelings. It signals that we are interested and excited, which is attractive to men.

— Helen Fisher

I would pretend to be the French lieutenant’s woman. I was always a romantic. I still am, actually.

— Helena Bonham Carter

The ecstatic insanity of romantic pursuit can be so enhanced by music that entire romantic conquests, victories and ruinous, crushing defeats can be tied to songs to such a degree that it’s almost unbearable to listen to them again, as they bring back the memories so vividly.

— Henry Rollins

I like romantic comedies, as it is a fun and light thing to get involved with.

— Henry Ian Cusick

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.

— Henry Ward Beecher

I don’t believe in having one partner for your whole life, but I hope I get married. I want to have a husband and two kids and a nice little life baking pies. I’m quite romantic. It’s definitely important to have someone make you feel special.

— Hilary Duff

I’ve done romantic comedy, and I don’t get to flex that muscle often.

— Hill Harper

The most impactful place that I’ve been to where I was just completely awestruck, happy, moved is Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is probably the most beautiful and romantic place in the world.

— Hill Harper

The reason I turn down 99% of a hundred, I mean a thousand, scripts is because romantic comedies are often very romantic but seldom very funny.

— Hugh Grant

As it is, I have a limited range as an actor – light comedy. I have never been a fan of romantic comedies, and yet that is what I have ended up mostly doing.

— Hugh Grant

I’m not a hopeless romantic. I’m quite the reverse. I’m a nasty piece of work, an ego maniac.

— Hugh Grant

I was very influenced by the musicals and romantic comedies of the 1930s. I admired Gene Harlow and such, which probably explains why, since the end of my marriage, I’ve dated nothing but a succession of blondes.

— Hugh Hefner

When I was a child, the temptation to sin was always a romantic option. This romantic option led me to the cinema, a place where sin was welcome.

— Harmony Korine

I don’t think I’ll ever escape the fact that I don’t belong anywhere in particular. I’ve often dreamed about going back to Nigeria, but that’s a very romantic notion. It’s a hideous country to go to in reality.

— Hugo Weaving

I’ve often dreamed about going back to Nigeria, but that’s a very romantic notion. It’s a hideous country to go to in reality.

— Hugo Weaving

I really love the idea of the poetically mad – the character that is imbued with the romantic madness. Like River from ‘Firefly’ or Drusilla from ‘Buffy.’ Someone dangerously unhinged, where you’re really not sure they’re going to be reliable minute-to-minute.

— Holly Black

I’m looking forward to sproglets but, as I’m the main breadwinner, I feel I ought to capitalise on my career for a bit longer. Mother keeps telling me I should go and freeze some eggs. Not terribly romantic, is it?

— Honeysuckle Weeks

The conventional wisdom is that if you are gay, you cannot play the romantic straight lead in a movie.

— Ian Mckellen

Even now, there are young actors who want careers as romantic leading men, and the best thing is not to reveal you’re gay.

— Ian Mckellen

The huge difference in my lifetime is that you can just go up to somebody and make a pass. You couldn’t do that in the 1950s if you were gay. There were secret handshakes, a secret language. There was nowhere you could go to be romantic outside of people’s houses.

— Ian Mckellen

America to me is so varied and exciting. I always feel nostalgia for the place I’m not in, and then I get there and find myself in a traffic jam going into the Lincoln Tunnel, and I think, ‘God, why was I romanticizing this part of the country?’ I think it has to do with the romantic, unrealistic temperament.

— Ian Frazier

I do not like to work with patients who are in love. Perhaps it is because of envy – I, too, crave enchantment. Perhaps it is because love and psychotherapy are fundamentally incompatible. The good therapist fights darkness and seeks illumination, while romantic love is sustained by mystery and crumbles upon inspection.

— Irvin D. Yalom

We must not, however, be like the leaders of the great romantic revolt who, in their eagerness to get rid of the husk of convention, disregarded also the humane aspiration.

— Irving Babbitt

There’s nothing romantic about my work… I don’t believe in inspiration. I believe that you get to your desk, you stay there, you work, you think of nothing else. You write and you write, and in the end, you write something good.

— Irving Stone

Animals are everywhere. Some are more romantic, like tigers and elephants and chimpanzees, and some are less romantic, like earthworms, but they are just as interesting.

— Isabella Rossellini

Vinyl is the real deal. I’ve always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don’t really own the album. And it’s not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.

— Jack White

What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one’s nose, taking shortcuts.

— Italo Calvino

I’m probably a bit romantic about it, but I think we humans miss having contact with fire. We need it.

— Jamie Oliver

Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I’d think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix… I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous.

— Jean-Michel Basquiat

I want to do the romantic comedies. You know, the stuff that Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts or Reese Witherspoon would choose, of course.

— Jessica Simpson

New York was no mere city. It was instead an infinitely romantic notion, the mysterious nexus of all love and money and power, the shining and perishable dream itself.

— Joan Didion

The phrase ‘off with the crack of the bat’, while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat.

— Joe DiMaggio

Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young.

— John Greenleaf Whittier

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.

— John Keats

I loved Debussy, Stravinsky, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, anything with romantic melodies, especially the nocturnes. Nietzsche was a hero, especially with ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra.’ He gets a bad rap he’s very misunderstood. He’s a maker of individuals, and he was a teacher of teachers.

— Joni Mitchell

Being single, I thought would be fun, but it is terribly boring. And I am a romantic, but only when I am in love. I can’t force it otherwise.

— Jacqueline Fernandez

When I am in love, I am ridiculously and hopelessly romantic.

— Jacqueline Fernandez

To write a novel is to embark on a quest that is very romantic. People have visions, and the next step is to execute them. That’s a very romantic project. Like Edvard Munch’s strange dreamlike canvases where people are stylized, like ‘The Scream.’ Munch must have had that vision in a dream, he never saw it.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Acting is not about anything romantic, not even fantasy, although you do create fantasy.

— James Earl Jones

Americans have always been excellent at making romantic comedies – but dramatically, we don’t really try to do it.

— James Gray

I’m a big movie fan, and I want to make movies in every genre. I want to make my romantic comedy one day.

— James Wan

The Southern whites are in many respects a great people. Looked at from a certain point of view, they are picturesque. If one will put oneself in a romantic frame of mind, one can admire their notions of chivalry and bravery and justice.

— James Weldon Johnson

I think when romantic comedies are done well, it’s a great genre. ‘When Harry Met Sally’ is kind of a benchmark for me, but I’m very happy to admit that I love ‘Pretty Woman.’ I do! It’s a great film, and so is ‘Sixteen Candles.’ I was a big John Hughes fan – still am. I have moments where I have to watch a Hughes film.

— Jamie Dornan

As far as the lack of hits goes, I think perhaps it’s because I’ve played a lot of different roles and have not created a persona that the public can latch on to. I have played everything from psychopathic killers to romantic leading men, and in picking such diverse roles I have avoided typecasting.

— Jeff Bridges

It’s easier to write from my own life, and it’s also more fun. I always write about relationships, for instance, whether they’re romantic relationships, friendships, encounters… there’s always a lesson to be learned from them.

— Jason Mraz

I love getting to bounce around and explore so much. I love Scandinavia. I love Spain. It’s so mystical and romantic, yet it’s gritty.

— Jason Mraz

When I got married, the Sun ran the headline: ‘Here comes the bride, all fat and wide.’ Luckily, it was a few days after the wedding – but it was still hideous to read at a great romantic moment.

— Jo Brand

Acting can be pretty challenging. I can’t say making a romantic comedy is challenging, but to do anything well, you have to put yourself into it.

— John Cusack

But no, I don’t really like romantic comedies, so I don’t really care. I never go see ’em.

— John Cusack

Whenever I’m doing anything romantic with an actor, or if there’s a director around, I never want anybody’s wife to feel threatened by me.

— Julianne Moore

My overall quest is always to do something that’s somehow different from whatever it is that I just got done doing. If that can include occasionally playing an older guy who has a romantic side and a romantic relationship, than that’s a real treat.

— J. K. Simmons

There’s another film – a little Greek movie – that hopefully is going to get some distribution here in the U.S., called ‘Worlds Apart,’ where I also play a 60-year-old guy who looks a lot like J.K. Simmons, who has a romantic relationship with an appropriate woman.

— J. K. Simmons

I think the most romantic thing you can do is just turn up. Turn up when it’s difficult for you. Travel halfway around the world or just up the road. Whatever it is, just be there.

— James McAvoy

It’s the contemporary woman that movies don’t know what to do with, other than bathe her in a bridal glow in romantic comedies where both the romance and the comedy are artificial sweeteners.

— James Wolcott

German accents and Hassidic accents aren’t that romantic. They’re more harsh. Although Hebrew, when spoken by certain people, sounds beautiful. There’s this beautiful woman I know who speaks Hebrew, and when she speaks, it’s so attractive. Maybe it’s who’s speaking it.

— Janeane Garofalo

Some nights, a romantic dinner can be killed by having to do dishes afterward, so it probably suits you better to go out for dinner. But I love cooking and always have.

— Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Commerce seems to be covering every aspect of our lives now. Which me, because I’m a romantic, is sad for me to say.

— Jeremy Irons

I’ve flown across America, I’ve scaled fences, I’ve stood under windows and gone out of my way hundreds of times. I’m a hopeless romantic. There’s no hope for me.

— Joel Madden

Despite not looking like a matinee idol, I feel like I have a lot to give. I’ve never had any trouble with women. People are always surprised with the romantic aspect of my movies.

— John C. Reilly

We don’t tend to write about disease in fiction – not just teen novels but all American novels – because it doesn’t fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic. There is room only for sacrifice, heroism, war, politics and family struggle.

— John Green

My personal style changes wherever I am. When I’m in Ibiza, I’m a bit girlier because there’s an opportunity to be more romantic and dress up for the beach scene. Whereas in New York, I tend to go for suiting and tailoring that almost feels like weaponry for the city – but I think I’m quite playful no matter what.

— Jade Jagger

Perhaps I’ve been perceived more as a romantic comedy actor, but overall, I enjoy acting in any shape or form.

— Jaime Camil

I love romantic comedy, but I think you have to have another idea that you’re chasing along with romantic comedy.

— James L. Brooks

If I can do a romantic comedy with women, that’s Everest to me.

— Joe Carnahan

In those days, boxing was very glamorous and romantic. You listened to fights on the radio, and a good announcer made it seem like a contest between gladiators.

— Joseph Barbera

I think that the romantic impulse is in all of us and that sometimes we live it for a short time, but it’s not part of a sensible way of living. It’s a heroic path and it generally ends dangerously.

— Jane Campion

It’s been such a deep and amazing journey for me, getting close to John Keats, and also I love Shelley and Byron. I mean, the thing about the Romantic poets is that they’ve got the epitaph of romantic posthumously. They all died really young, and Keats, the youngest of them all.

— Jane Campion

I think that the romantic impulse is in all of us and that sometimes we live it for a short time, but it’s not part of a sensible way of living. It’s a heroic path and it generally ends dangerously. I treasure it in the sense that I believe it’s a path of great courage. It can also be the path of the foolhardy and the compulsive.

— Jane Campion

People love to be listened to and represented, and they love it when they feel like you have some of the same problems that they do. Everybody deals with things like romantic difficulties in relationships and death and cancer and abuse.

— Jason Isbell

It’s funny, I can sit through the worst horror film ever made but even a quite good romantic comedy can drive me nuts.

— Jason Reitman

Bob Dole is not a romantic, at least not an immediate one. Bob Dole is not one to waste a lot of time on metaphor.

— Jeanne Marie Laskas

I’m a hopeless romantic. It’s disgusting. It really is. I’ve seen ‘While You Were Sleeping’, like, twenty times, and I still believe in the whole Prince Charming thing.

— Jennifer Love Hewitt

I’d like to do ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding,’ ‘Pretty Woman,’ Meg Ryan type stuff. Romantic comedies. I’d love to do some action stuff as well.

— Jennifer Love Hewitt

I’m turned off by the groupie thing. I’m a romantic I like finding the right woman, and if it works, it works.

— Joe Perry

I lived by the candlelight for two years because I couldn’t afford power. It was nice and romantic at the time, but if you can’t afford power you’re pretty broke. You endure it.

— Jeremy Renner

I’ve never gotten to do romantic comedy like most of the girls. Maybe because I’m fit, people assume that I’m not funny?

— Jessica Biel

My mother was a reader my father was a reader. Not anything particularly sophisticated. My mother read fat historical or romantic novels my father liked to read Westerns, Zane Grey, that kind of stuff. Whatever they brought in, I read.

— John Edgar Wideman

When I start to write, words have become physical presence. It was to see if I could bring that private world to life that found its first expression through reading. I really dislike the romantic notion of the artist.

— John McGahern

I think the French have a romantic cliche that Englishmen have great style, great music, irony and sense of humour. Well, sometimes cliches are true.

— Josephine de La Baume

My brother has a tendency to get quite lyrical when he writes music he gets so romantic, it’s borderline. I make it slightly more aggressive. I make the round corner a bit sharper.

— Josephine de La Baume

I’m a big romantic, traditional, cheesy guy.

— Josh Hutcherson

My granddaddy on my momma’s side, he was a romantic. He loved love songs. Every Valentine’s Day, I remember him buying a red carnation for my grandmomma, my momma and my sister. That was something you could count on every year.

— Josh Turner

My husband does so many romantic things for me, it’s absurd.

— Jennifer Beals

Classical, Romantic, and Baroque music, that’s what I really like.

— Joan Armatrading

The romantic love we feel toward the opposite sex is probably one extra help from God to bring you together, but that’s it. All the rest of it, the true love, is the test.

— Joan Chen

I was a very romantic, overly dramatic young lady, which served me well as a songwriter. Especially as someone who had to focus on lyrics and melody, because if you’re a dramatic and romantic person, lyrics come easy, and you turn every single short-term relationship into the biggest ‘Romeo-and-Juliet’ story ever.

— Jane Wiedlin

I don’t know if it’s a romantic comedy but I’m in the beginning of the first of the season of ‘The West Wing.’ We shot it last year. I don’t know. If anyone asks me to be in one, I’ll jump on it.

— Jason Isaacs

If it’s a romantic holiday, the only thing I need is my wife. We love quiet and calm places where we can’t be disturbed. Neither of us likes being in busy places we would much rather stay in our hotel room and enjoy each other’s company.

— Jean Reno

Couples without kids have each other, their friends, families, and Siri to talk to. It’s not like they’re quarantining themselves in an underground bunker, never to take a romantic stroll on the beach or attend a Morrissey concert ever again. They’re just using birth control.

— Jen Kirkman

It kind of sounds pretentious, but a film I find deeply romantic is ‘Buffalo ’66,’ which is a film by Vincent Gallo. It’s about how you break down all those barriers and expose yourself and open yourself up to ultimately being hurt.

— Jim Sturgess

Love is the driver for all great stories: not just romantic love, but the love of parent for child, for family, for country.

— Jojo Moyes

I’m very confident in my sexuality, and I really don’t like talking about my romantic life in the press.

— Jack Falahee

I’m all about making my girl feel like she’s the only woman in the world. Whether it’s telling her how special she is or showing her with gifts and romantic dates, I want to make her happy.

— Justin Chon

I don’t like to hurry. I’m not a conductor of the fast, fiery romantic type. I prefer Bruckner, with the sincerity of his musical language and the huge time spans in which his ideas develop, to Mahler, with his hysteria and self-indulgence.

— Jeffrey Tate

I can’t wait for everyone to read ‘Don’t Look Back.’ It’s something very different for me, my first romantic suspense novel, so I’m very excited to be sharing the book, finally.

— Jennifer Armentrout

Normally, things are viewed in these little segmented boxes. There’s classical, and then there’s jazz romantic, and then there’s baroque. I find that very dissatisfying. I was trying to find the thread that connects one type of music – one type of musician – to another, and to follow that thread in some kind of natural, evolutionary way.

— Jerry Lee Lewis

I heard this music coming out of the radio and it was ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business.’ It got me. I thought, ‘I can do this.’ I decided just like that. No romantic story.

— Jerry Leiber

I actually have blissfully romantic views of marriage, because that has been my experience of it.

— Jez Butterworth

I think we’ve always been fascinated with the idea of the romantic outlaw. John Gotti could be in one instance a charismatic, kind and loving family man, and in another, deadly to his enemies. The opportunity to tell the true story of Gotti with John Travolta is a director’s dream.

— Joe Johnston

The office is a romantic enabler because you’re always around the person you have a crush on. There’s no escape from, and maybe no desire to escape from, those pressure-cooker conditions. And there’s an automatic series of things you have to talk about all the time.

— Joshua Ferris

Too many women throw themselves into romance because they’re afraid of being single, then start making compromises and losing their identity. I won’t do that.

— Julie Delpy

My interest in acting came from seeing Broadway shows on summer trips to New York as a child. It was the original production of ‘A Chorus Line’ in an easy tie with the first 10 -15 minutes of Dustin Hoffman in ‘Tootsie’ that hooked me on the romantic idea that the impossible, difficult life of a struggling actor was for me.

— John Lloyd Young

Romantic love came under attack, first from the Freudians and then from the neuroscientists, who said that being in love was a chemical reaction in the brain. Marriage is no longer seen as a lifetime commitment.

— Jane Ridley

Forget romantic fiction, a survey has found that most women would rather read a good book than go shopping, have sex, or sleep.

— Janet Street-Porter

I think I usually play the woman that, after the person tries to go for some extraordinary feat of romantic accomplishment, they happily wind up with me.

— Jessica Hecht

I read what I like to write: romantic suspense. I also love thrillers and novels of suspense, but I can’t handle extreme violence and torture.

— Jayne Ann Krentz

There were two sides to David Lean: on the one side, he was kind of a rather stiff, disciplined Englishman. And then he had this kind of romantic side to him. I think being true to both sides of your nature is important.

— John Boorman

If you’re looking to be loved for a part, it’s great and enticing to be adorable in a romantic comedy. But then, as an actor, you get stuck.

— Laura Dern

I’m not religious, I’m not romantic and I live purely by logic. I make every decision by logic and sometimes that leads me to the right and sometimes to the wrong decision.

— Laura Marling

Being a black woman, there’s so many different sides of us. We are funny, silly, romantic, professional, smart, and we have good jobs.

— Lauren London

I think romantic comedy, when done right, is my favorite genre. It’s just a genre that’s very human.

— Lena Dunham

The most conventional romantic trope of all is that you put lovers under extreme pressure, where they have to make decisions that illuminate aspects of that bond.

— Lenny Abrahamson

An excellent wine, someone’s best attempt at cooking, and the candles and flowers on the table can turn the simplest dinner into an unforgettably romantic event.

— Letitia Baldrige

I am completely open to doing a romantic comedy, but I will never do something just for the sake of doing a specific genre or because it’s the time or place to do a different type of movie. I think that would be a huge mistake.

— Leonardo DiCaprio

If you’re a woman and a guy’s ever said anything romantic to you, he just left off the second part that would have made you sick if you could have heard it.

— Louis C. K.

I’m a very loyal boyfriend. I’m a bit of a joker… I can be romantic, but not too sickly.

— Louis Tomlinson

Marriage is like the romantic ideal, and yet the trappings around it and the culture about it are really the opposite of that.

— Lydia Millet

I want to do action, romantic comedy, and I love drama.

— Liya Kebede

In the movies, Bette Davis lights two cigarettes and hands the second one to James Cagney. It was just so glamorous and romantic.

— Loni Anderson

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.

— Luciano De Crescenzo

Originally, I thought English was more my home. But Spanish is so much more romantic. I’ve had to learn new phrases. I’ve had to learn to be more secure about singing in Spanish. But I’m working on it.

— La India

I’ve played such serious characters that no one sees me the way I actually am, which is completely cheesy and goofy, so it would be fun to do a romantic comedy and just have a good laugh.

— Laura Vandervoort

Ever since the romantic comedy-drama ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ antagonized black women and black men in 1986, Spike Lee’s films have enjoyed the outrage of various groups.

— Lee Siegel

In urban America, you do not so much meet a romantic partner as inherit the product of someone else’s romantic crimes.

— Lee Siegel

I never sat down and said, ‘I’m going to write historical fiction with strong romantic elements.’ It was just the way the stories went.

— Lauren Willig

Say what you will about Queen Eleanor, she was a savvy, quick-witted woman who made her mark on history. And as the founder of the Courts of Love, what better patron monarch could there be for a romantic novelist?

— Lauren Willig

If I loved all the world as I do you, I shouldn’t write books to it: I should only write letters to it, and that would be only a clumsy stage on the way to entire telepathy.

— Laurence Housman

I really, really, really want to do a silly romantic comedy where I can just have a crush on the guy, trip over myself, and laugh and be goofy. I just feel like all I do is cry, sob, and fight zombies and the bad guys.

— Laurie Holden

I got married in Florence, Italy. My husband and I were in love but totally broke, so we eloped and got married in Italy, where he was going on a business trip. We had to pull a guy off the street to be our witness. It was incredibly romantic. Florence is still one of my favorite cities in the world.

— Libba Bray

Before I became a suspense novelist, I wrote romantic suspense as Alicia Scott.

— Lisa Gardner

I like to swim a lot, while Stjepan likes to take long walks with girls. He’s the very romantic type. Yes, musicians are romantic.

— Luka Sulic

I bought a selection of short, romantic fiction novels, studied them, decided that I had found a formula and then wrote a book that I figured was the perfect story. Thank goodness it was rejected.

— Louise Brown

Little Night’ has layers of meaning. There’s something enchanted about night. All those heavenly bodies, shooting stars, the crescent moon, celestial phenomenon. Owls fly at night, and first kisses happen. Night is romantic. Alternately, darkness hides the worst of human behavior.

— Luanne Rice

I like playing off strong actors, whether it’s Benedict Cumberbatch or Dominic Cooper. Also I’m a hopeless romantic, so I’m fascinated by relationships.

— Lara Pulver

My husband is the romantic one in our relationship. He’s always doing sweet things for me. Each year, we recreate our first date – it was a blind date, and we met at the zoo, followed by a trip to the museum. I’d have to say that’s my favorite romantic date.

— Lori Wilde

With action movies, that’s just fun stuff for me. That’s me being a kid again. Same with ‘The Best of Me’ and these romantic dramas. It’s such a freedom from reality and social constructions. You get to just have fun and play and be in a movie.

— Luke Bracey

I go to acting class, and in acting class, I’m not the girl that brings in romantic comedies I’m the girl that wants to do ‘Girl Interrupted’ all the time.

— Lindsey McKeon

It gives me immense pleasure to be trustworthy, faithful, and true – to have the kind of romantic bond that inspires this.

— Kate Christensen

I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies, believe it or not.

— Kate Hudson

The concept of romantic love affords a means of emotional manipulation which the male is free to exploit, since love is the only circumstance in which the female is (ideologically) pardoned for sexual activity.

— Kate Millett

I am so romantic about Gypsies. They’re not allowed to do anything until they get married. So they all get married really young, at sixteen.

— Kate Moss

I want to do all kinds of things. I want to do some comedy. I’d love to do a romantic comedy, and I’d love to do some period pieces with classical text. I’d love somebody to cast me as Macbeth, but for a film. I just want to be all over the place.

— Kevin Alejandro

If you look at my movie career, I do switch it up a lot. I’m always looking for a lot of different parts. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a situation that was romantic.

— Kevin Bacon

My books are love stories at core, really. But I am interested in manifestations of love beyond the traditional romantic notion. In fact, I seem not particularly inclined to write romantic love as a narrative motive or as an easy source of happiness for my characters.

— Khaled Hosseini

I think romance is anything honest. As long as it’s honest, it’s so disarming.

— Kristen Stewart

Romantic Orientalism was fascinated by the color and excitement of a powerful culture, and nearly always approached its subject with love.

— Kage Baker

I think there are certain tenets set in place for all different types on genres. For thrillers, women usually die first. I can’t say exactly why, and it’s kind of a bummer… But I also can’t explain why the wallflower girl in the romantic comedy always gets the guy in the end. That’s just the way those movies go.

— Katie Aselton

I just – I like the saccharin and the gooeyness of ‘Bachelor,’ and how just gross and like falsely romantic it is. Whereas, like, the ‘Real Housewives’ is just raw, and it’s just – it’s the fights that get me. It’s just very uncomfortable for me.

— Ken Marino

I am a romantic, I admit it.

— Keith Jarrett

My personal decorating style is cozy, romantic and a little rustic, with a sense of whimsy.

— Kimberly Schlapman

People assume that I came back to Washington because of the ‘Post’, but the truth is less romantic. I came back for a job.

— Katharine Weymouth

I would love to get into feature films I’m willing to do an action flick, I’m willing to do a romantic comedy.

— Kelli Berglund

I’m an incurable romantic, and Casablanca’s one of the most romantic pictures I’ve ever seen – the combination of Bogart and Bergman is just magical.

— Ken Adam

I like sundresses with cowboy boots, little shorts with big wedge heels and a big piece of turquoise. I also love classic, Old Hollywood romantic styles. I’m ‘country girl meets city girl’ circa 1930.

— Kirsten Prout

Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet.

— Katharine Lee Bates

The male is always the pawn in a romantic comedy. Come together, break up, go chase her, get her, roll credits. That’s what happens in all of them.

— Matthew McConaughey

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

— Maya Angelou

I’m from L.A., so I’m used to seeing people in sunglasses and flip-flops. There’s something so romantic about a man in a scarf and a knitted hat.

— Meghan Markle

For me, the performance was always playing different people. And so when I got older, was no longer the romantic leading movie star, it became more and more interesting for me, the characters I played, you know?

— Michael Caine

I’ve actually always wanted to write like a one-person show that was sort of a romantic comedy – a show that was kind of cynical about romance and marriage but ultimately embraced it. Because I feel like comedy is always cynical, inherently, because it’s contrarian.

— Mike Birbiglia

I had these kind of unrealistic expectations that were fueled by romantic comedies, and it has both helped me and hurt me in many ways. It helped me because, in general, they’ve made me hopeful. I just figure things will eventually work out for me. But nobody is like any Tom Hanks character. Nobody is Hugh Grant. No one is Meg Ryan!

— Mindy Kaling

I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world.

— Mindy Kaling

I have such a rich fantasy life, I can’t help it. I do make up a lot of romantic stories in my head.

— Mindy Kaling

On ‘The Office,’ so much of the show is about disguising your true feelings and your romantic feelings because it was a mock documentary.

— Mindy Kaling

I am not married, no. I wasn’t really into the notion when I was younger, but now I think a proposal is the ultimate romantic gesture.

— Miranda Hart

A beautiful woman delights the eye a wise woman, the understanding a pure one, the soul.

— Minna Antrim

I don’t get off on romantic parts. But I often think if I had had my dental work done early on, well, maybe.

— Morgan Freeman

I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.

— Morgan Freeman

You only need to look at Jane Austen to see how crossed wires can become a defining aspect of romantic life. Then again, if the course of true love ran more smoothly, it would have a terribly detrimental effect on our cache of love stories.

— Mariella Frostrup

Mixed messages are just part and parcel of the romantic terrain, and rather than berate yourself for any crossed wires, you’d do better to work on your future resilience.

— Mariella Frostrup

Girls have a tendency to take responsibility for romantic misinterpretations, when often it’s men whose perfectly honed emotional inscrutability makes life more complicated than it should be.

— Mariella Frostrup

Romantic comedies seem to take over where the fairytales of childhood left off, feeding our dreams of a soulmate though, sadly, the Hollywood endings prove quite elusive in the real world.

— Mariella Frostrup

We travellers are in very hard circumstances. If we say nothing but what has been said before us, we are dull and have observed nothing. If we tell anything new, we are laughed at as fabulous and romantic.

— Mary Wortley Montagu

People expect me to be dark and gloomy, then write that I’m a jolly chap, and after all, that is what I am. I think it’s a case of an absolute romantic naivety that there should be a parallel between the work and the artist.

— Michael Haneke

And I don’t believe that children are innocent. In fact, no one seriously believes that. Just go to a playground and watch the kids playing in the sandbox! The romantic notion of the sweet child is simply the parents projecting their own wishes.

— Michael Haneke

Dame Barbara Cartland was an endearing eccentric, and when I interviewed her, she wanted me to listen to her dictating to her secretary one of those romantic novels that she turned out fortnightly.

— Melvyn Bragg

Personally, I find it romantic not to be with someone all the time you don’t get used to someone or take them for granted.

— Monica Bellucci

I think as a filmmaker one should make all kinds of films. It is not that one should make only one kind of film. I love to see romantic films I loved watching ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,’ ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.’ If I make such films, I will make it with my yardstick, according to my parameters.

— Madhur Bhandarkar

I’ve always really been a romantic at heart, and I have always wanted kids, and I think the idea of sharing your life with the right person is amazing, actually.

— Monica Lewinsky

I’m a street photographer, but I’m interested in any ironic, whimsical images, and there’s something very romantic about a circus.

— Mary Ellen Mark

When you are the lead in a romantic comedy, you have to worry about people really liking you.

— Morris Chestnut

I think the only thing that I really haven’t done much in, and I haven’t felt too attracted to, is romantic comedies.

— Marco Beltrami

I don’t like the way recording to digital sounds. Most of the time, when I’m recording to two-inch tape, I still have a romantic vision of how songs sounded coming out of the radio when I was younger, and how they sounded coming out of my little four-track cassette player.

— M. Ward

A lot of the scripts I read and the characters I get are ‘the girl’ in romantic films, and I don’t know how comfortable I am, or the world is, with me being that.

— Mamie Gummer

Assume everything you put on the Internet can and will be seen not only by the person you’re talking about, but your future romantic partners and bosses, too.

— Mara Wilson

It’ll be interesting to see if I ever have to play a typical, bland romantic interest. I’m quirky, and playing it kind of straight and bland doesn’t interest me a whole lot.

— Matt McGorry
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