Romance is the fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of things as they are. In the novel the writer's thought is tethered to probability, but in romance it ranges at will over the entire region of the imagination.
Twenty years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.
I could not sit seriously down to write a serious Romance under any other motive than to save my life.
While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
Men always want to be a woman's first love women like to be a man's last romance.