"Romantic lovers require from each other at least the facade of reason: We desire to be what romantic love makes us appear in the other's eyes. We want to imagine we are deserving of the love we inspire."
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."Maggie Gallagher on William Shakespeare
"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."Maggie Gallagher on Oscar Wilde
"The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime."Maggie Gallagher on Billy Graham
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."Maggie Gallagher on Charlie Chaplin
"Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw."Maggie Gallagher on Fran Lebowitz
"To imply that religious believers have no right to engage moral questions in the public square or at the ballot is simply to establish a Reichian secularism as our state faith."
"Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason. And those of us who are mothers know it's the most exquisite love of all."
"When a marriage culture fails, sexual desire no longer unites instead it fragments."
"Same-sex marriage is not the future."
"Europe, which gave us the idea of same-sex marriage, is a dying society, with birthrates 50 percent below replacement."