Romantic Epoch Quotes


  • "Rousseau wrote:"I am not made like anyone I have seen; I dare believe I am not made like anyone in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different." This statement might well be taken as the slogan of the Romantic Movement. It is the creed of subjective individualism."
  • "Ordinary man found for the first time in history, that he had a right to express his own opinions, to reveal his own emotions, and especially to exercise his own imagination."
  • "A belief in the restorative powers of nature."
  • "In literature the period was marked by the development of the novel and an emphasis on lyrical poetry."
  • "There is much wild beauty in the poems."
  • "The Classicists wanted their mature laid out in regular patterns."
  • "Burns wrote his own Lowland dialect."
  • "Burns is loved because of his passion for freedom and his emphasis on the dignity of the humble working man."
  • "Sir Walter Scott re-created the past in adventure stories marked by vividness of detail, and sometimes a poignant melancholy."
  • "This collaboration of writers, painters, and musicians is a very important aspect of Romanticism."
  • "The industrial revolution practically wiped out hand craftmanship."
  • "Opera houses were likely to be built in the Baroque style and city-halls, post offices, and school buildings in the Classic style of the eighteenth century."
  • "Helen [of Troy] is the symbol of classical beauty." --(Goethe's Faust)
  • "[Mendelssohn] turned to Classical music for inspiration."
  • "Schumann's works are more like fantasies, sometimes violent, sometimes dreamy, but always beautiful of melody, and warm with emotion."
  • "[Brahms] fought to discipline his romantic dreaming and yearning by strict symphonic logic."


  • "The Romantic movement demanded and attained individual liberty for the artist."
  • "Beethoven celebrated two other aspects of Romanticism--the love of nature, and of the common people."
  • "Mendelsshohn's music was marked by an adherence to Classical forms."
  • "[music and art] exhibit the Romantic interest in literary forms and ideas."
  • "Verdi..identified himself with Italy's struggle to rid herself of foreign domination."
  • "Nationalism [in music] took two major forms: an increasing awareness among composers of the characteristics of the folk music of their countries, and a resistance to the monumental influence of Wagner's music and the predominance of German music in general."


  • "It was a time of turbulent emotions."
  • "The common man emerged."
  • "They yearned for the distant past and distant lands."
  • "Romanticism was the overflow of emotions."
  • "Architecture of by-gone eras was often imitated."

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