- A man chases a girl (until she catches him).
1888–1989 American songwriter: title of song (1949)
- Courtship to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
The Old Bachelor (1693) 1670–1729 English dramatist:
- Holding hands at midnight
'Neath a starry sky,
Nice work if you can get it,
And you can get it if you try.
Damsel in Distress 1896–1983 American songwriter: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ (1937 song) in
- Then be not coy, but use your time;
And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry.
1591–1674 English poet and clergyman: ‘To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time’ (1648)
- Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
1621–78 English poet: ‘To His coy Mistress’ (1681) l. 1
- Wooing, so tiring.
The Pursuit of Love (1945) 1904–73 English writer:
- I court others in verse: but I love thee in prose:
And they have my whimsies, but thou hast my heart.
1664–1721 English poet: ‘A Better Answer’ (1718)
- She is a woman, therefore may be wooed;
She is a woman, therefore may be won.
Titus Andronicus (1590) act 2, sc. 1, l. 82 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) 1564–1616 English dramatist:
- You think that you are Ann's suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued…Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked down quarry, the destined prey.
Man and Superman (1903) act 2 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- She knew how to allure by denying, and to make the gift rich by delaying it.
Phineas Finn (1869) ch. 57 1815–82 English novelist:
- We've got to have
We plot to have
For it's so dreary not to have
That certain thing called the Boy Friend.
1924–2014 English songwriter: ‘The Boyfriend’ (1954 song)