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  • Cupid is the Roman counterpart to the Greek Eros.
  • I swear to thee by Cupid’s strongest bow,
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • he hath twice or thrice cut Cupid’s bowstring,
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Proceed, sweet Cupid;
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost

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  • The china cupid, sir, that stands on the writing-table.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Psyche marries handsome Cupid, but since he only comes to her after dark, her sisters persuade her that he is a monster.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • Each year before Cupid Day the student council sets up a booth outside the gym.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • …but I wasn’t actively pursuing Katherines so much as I was actively pursuing girlfriends—was a smart-kid-summer-camp conquer, and I won her heart by, you guessed it, running in front of her bow on the archery course and claiming I’d been shot by Cupid’s arrow, and she was the first girl I ever French-kissed, and I didn’t know what to do so I sort of kept darting my tongue out from behind closed lips like I was a snake, and it didn’t take very much of that for her to want to be lust…
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Was it "Stupid, stupid, go and wait for Vizzini with Cupid"?
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • …to an uneven paint job—from the tender rosé of fresh lox to a more aggressive bubble-gum coral, but everywhere there was pink, pink admitting rivalry from no other color, so that after only a few minutes contemplating my prospective room under the proud eye of Mrs. Zimmerman, I felt at first amused—it was a cupid’s bower in which one could only barely restrain raucous laughter—and then really grimly trapped, as if I were in a Barricini candy store or the infants’ department at Gimbels.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • And as for that arrogant thug, Cupid ….
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • No doubt someone in the office, playing cupid, had alerted him that I was back.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Mr. Merryweather had had it whispered to him that it had been bought for a honeymoon-Young Lord L— had surrendered to Cupid at last!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • She would tell me about Persephone’s mother, Demeter, or Cupid and Psyche, and I would listen to her until I fell asleep.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Wouldn’t you like if your tails were—so— Curved in the shape of a Cupid’s bow?
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • You are a lover; borrow Cupid’s wings, And soar with them above a common bound.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • For, what would staid British responsibility and respectability have said to orange-trees in boxes in a Bank courtyard, and even to a Cupid over the counter?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Of the little archer (Cupid).
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • At first glance they looked like Valentine angels—a dozen chubby little Cupid babies.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Around the rim, a dozen bronze statues of Cupid stood guard with wings spread and bows ready to fire.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Her best tile got a splash of water, which left a sepia tear on the Cupid’s cheek.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Her nose had a hook and her mouth was plump and cherubic, which was appropriate considering that Cupid was her greatgrandfather.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • CYRANO: She’s a danger mortal, All unsuspicious—full of charms unconscious, Like a sweet perfumed rose—a snare of nature, Within whose petals Cupid lurks in ambush!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Attaching it to his shoulders, the youthful hunter filled it with arrows and went off; looking, as his mother said, like an innocent little Cupid, bent on conquest.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Come, come, Nerissa, for I long to see Quick Cupid’s post that comes so mannerly.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • No, do thy worst, blind Cupid; I’ll not love.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • A mantle-piece, with two modern Sevres vases, a timepiece representing Cupid with his bent bow, a mirror with an engraving on each side—one representing Homer carrying his guide, the other, Belisarius begging—a grayish paper; red and black tapestry—such was the appearance of Lord Wilmore’s drawing-room.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Like Cupid, she aimed for the heart.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Between them, over the mantel, there’s an oval mirror, flanked by two pairs of silver candlesticks, with a white china Cupid centered between them, its arm around the neck of a lamb.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • I do believe it was Cupid himself who stood by you, and threatened the entire Foreign Office with destruction by fire, just on purpose to make me drop love’s message, before it had been polluted by my indiscreet eyes.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The waxen pallor of her face was almost spiritual in its ivorylike purity though her rosebud mouth was a genuine Cupid’s bow, Greekly perfect.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Why, cousin; why, Rosalind;—Cupid have mercy!
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • ’And when you have made it, you can keep it too, I should think,’ said Cupid.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • "Rawdon dear—don’t you think—you’d better get that—money from Cupid, before he goes?"
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It was composed of eight nymphs in two files, with the god Cupid leading one and Interest the other, the former furnished with wings, bow, quiver and arrows, the latter in a rich dress of gold and silk of divers colours.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Once, we did take on Tia Flor, who indicated her large house, the well-kept grounds, the stone Cupid who had been re-routed so it was his mouth that spouted water.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • It was, indeed, a hopeless length of traction for Dan Cupid’s magnet; for young men were young men at Casterbridge as elsewhere.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • First he offered her his smaller wares—the busts of kings and queens, then a minstrel, then a winged Cupid.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • As we got more and more into debt, breakfast became a hollower and hollower form, and, being on one occasion at breakfast-time threatened (by letter) with legal proceedings, "not unwholly unconnected," as my local paper might put it, "with jewelery," I went so far as to seize the Avenger by his blue collar and shake him off his feet,—so that he was actually in the air, like a booted Cupid,—for presuming to suppose that we wanted a roll.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Psyche Entering Cupid’s Garden (oil on canvas, England, A.D. 1903).
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Notes of love and betrayal are passed hand over hand as if the lab tables were lanes on Cupid’s Highway.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • At length, with his hostess still at his side, he passed out of range of the wooden Cupid, unfastened his horses and drove off.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Then across an open space appears a white house beyond a grass mound ornamented by a Cupid, his finger on his lips; two brass vases are at each end of a flight of steps; scutcheons* blaze upon the door.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • …young affects In me defunct,—and proper satisfaction; But to be free and bounteous to her mind: And heaven defend your good souls, that you think I will your serious and great business scant For she is with me: no, when light-wing’d toys Of feather’d Cupid seel with wanton dullness My speculative and offic’d instruments, That my disports corrupt and taint my business, Let housewives make a skillet of my helm, And all indign and base adversities Make head against my estimation!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Among pennons and flags bearing wounded hearts, burning hearts, bleeding hearts, bows and quivers, and all the commonplace emblems of the triumphs of Cupid, a blazoned inscription informed the spectators, that this seat of honour was designed for "La Royne de las Beaulte et des Amours".
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • My ’Down in Cupid’s Gardens’ was well liked in four; still, I’ve got others as good, and even better.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Some of them represent the fable of Cupid and Psyche, which is probably the romantic invention of a literary period, and cannot, I think, be reckoned as a genuine mythical product.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • At first he had lots of friends coming to see him in the onetime sumptuous bedroom, furnished by his third wife, who had left him ten years ago, with an Empire four-poster bed and gilded mirrors, Cupid with his head inside a bow.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • All this was lost on Deerslayer, who was no great adept in the mysteries of Cupid, but whose mind was far more occupied with the concerns that forced themselves on his attention, than with any of the truant fancies of love.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Sophia was charmed with the contemplation of so heroic an action, and began to compliment herself with much premature flattery, when Cupid, who lay hid in her muff, suddenly crept out, and like Punchinello in a puppet-show, kicked all out before him.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
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