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Definition a movement in literature, art and music during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrates nature above civilization and instinctual emotions above reason
  • Romanticism values imagination and emotion over rationality.
  • They pass hard, legitimate judgments, unlike the purblind guesses of men, fogged with romanticism and ignorance and bias and wish.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • The damnable romanticism of these pure hearts!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • I admire Victor Hugo—I appreciate his genius, his brilliancy, his romanticism; though he is not one of my literary passions.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • CHAPTER XLV TROY'S ROMANTICISM When Troy's wife had left the house at the previous midnight his first act was to cover the dead from sight.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • It replaced reportage with romanticism.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Then we shall take the main outline of Kant's philosophy so that we can get to Romanticism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • If he kissed her hand, it was to bid her good night; he did it with a schoolboy look on his face that drained all romanticism from the gesture.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The question was about Olympus, whose part was taken by Jean Prouvaire, out of pure romanticism.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Is your aunt's romanticism always consistent with accuracy?"
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • "You know," Ben said, "your romanticism is a real inspiration."
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • My father became depressed because people had begun to embrace Fazlullah's words and his religious romanticism.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Eliza had suffered one or two losses in her investments, led astray by a strain of wild romanticism which destroyed for the moment her shrewd caution.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • As for Lavinia, he hated to talk to her about the matter; she annoyed him with her mock romanticism.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • If Gringoire had lived in our day, what a fine middle course he would hold between classicism and romanticism!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • That was the age of romanticism in literature, music, art, and philosophy.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • The nineteenth century dislike of Romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The absence of a strong ethic suited to our age, the rise of the machine, the decadence of Romanticism as it ended a long and fruitful existence... who knows?
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • No matter how brutal the Institute was in its ritesof initiation and passage, there was always a heartbreaking romanticism in all the ceremonies and forms of the military.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Thus Napoleon represented glory and Franklin liberty; Irma was perhaps a concession to romanticism, but Athalie was a homage to the greatest masterpiece of the French stage.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary

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