Courtship to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.
— William Congreve

Men dream of courtship, but in wedlock wake.
Alexander Pope courtship quote

They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
— Alexander Pope

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.
— Kahlil Gibran

Love, love, love -- all the wretched cant of it, masking egotism, lust, masochism, fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures, a welter of self-induced miseries and joys, blinding and masking the essential personalities in the frozen gestures of courtship, in the kissing and the dating and the desire, the compliments and the quarrels which vivify its barrenness.
— courtship quotation by Germaine Greer