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Quotes of the Day for 9 July 2003 – Romance

Barbara Hamilton Cartland was born at Edgbaston, West Midlands, England on this day in 1901. Born to wealth, the family fortunes were changed when her father was killed in Flanders during WW I. She went to work as a gossip columnist in 1920 and started her first novel the next year. By the time of her death in 2000 her 723 books had sold over 600 million copies. Her formula was romance, specifically set in 19th century aristocratic England, and she dominated the romance genre for decades.

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The quotes:

Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.
     - Elinor Glyn, 1864 - 1943

The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If I ever marry, I'll try to forget the fact.
     - Oscar Wilde, 1854 - 1900

Romance is everything.
     - Gertrude Stein, 1874 - 1946

I want the concentration & the romance, & the words all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.
     - Virginia Woolf, 1882 - 1941

Children are incurable romantics. Brimful of romance and tragedy, we whirl through childhood hopelessly in love with our parents. In our epic imagination, we love and are loved with a passion so natural and innocent we may never know its like as adults.
     - Roger Gould

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible.
     - Ray Bradbury


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