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date: 18 October 2019


see also Love, Lovers
  1. A man chases a girl (until she catches him).
    Irving Berlin 1888–1989 American songwriter: title of song (1949)
  2. Courtship to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
    William Congreve 1670–1729 English dramatist: The Old Bachelor (1693)
  3. Holding hands at midnight
    'Neath a starry sky,
    Nice work if you can get it,
    And you can get it if you try.
    Ira Gershwin 1896–1983 American songwriter: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ (1937 song) in Damsel in Distress
  4. 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.
    Robert Herrick 1591–1674 English poet and clergyman: ‘To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time’ (1648)
  5. Had we but world enough, and time,
    This coyness, lady, were no crime.
    Andrew Marvell 1621–78 English poet: ‘To His coy Mistress’ (1681) l. 1
  6. Wooing, so tiring.
    Nancy Mitford 1904–73 English writer: The Pursuit of Love (1945)
  7. I court others in verse: but I love thee in prose:
    And they have my whimsies, but thou hast my heart.
    Matthew Prior 1664–1721 English poet: ‘A Better Answer’ (1718)
  8. She is a woman, therefore may be wooed;
    She is a woman, therefore may be won.
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: Titus Andronicus (1590) act 2, sc. 1, l. 82 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)
  9. 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.
    George Bernard Shaw 1856–1950 Irish dramatist: Man and Superman (1903) act 2
  10. She knew how to allure by denying, and to make the gift rich by delaying it.
    Anthony Trollope 1815–82 English novelist: Phineas Finn (1869) ch. 57
  11. We've got to have
    We plot to have
    For it's so dreary not to have
    That certain thing called the Boy Friend.
    Sandy Wilson 1924–2014 English songwriter: ‘The Boyfriend’ (1954 song)