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Quotations About / On: SMILE

  • 21.
    Smiling half-reluctance seems to promise more than the frankest gesture of desire.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 22.
    Fortuna smiles and frowns according to a timetable surprising even to herself.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 23.
    A quick smile is more seductive than a slinky dress.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 24.
    The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
    (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes to Watson, in "Copper Beeches," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892).)
  • 25.
    The screen of supreme good fortune curved his absolute smile into a celestial scream.
    (John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Young Son.")
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  • 26.
    Instead of singing like the birds, I silently smiled at my incessant good fortune.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 124, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 27.
    He does smile his face into more lines than is in the new map with the augmentation of the Indies.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Maria, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 2, l. 78-80. On Malvolio, referring to the mew Mercator map of 1600, showing the East Indies in full.)
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  • 28.
    Mr. [John] Barrymore's smile was the smile of an actor who hates actors, and who knows that he is going to kill two or three before the play is over. I am not an actor-killer, but I like my Hamlets to dislike actors, if you know what I mean, and I think you don't.
    (Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. The New Yorker (October 17, 1936). Benchley at the Theater, "Big Names," Ipswich Press (1985).)
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  • 29.
    Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile.
    (Julie Burchill (b. 1960), British journalist, author. quoted in Independent (London, Dec. 5, 1989).)
  • 30.
    Love may be the fairest gem which Society has filched from Nature; but what is motherhood save Nature in her most gladsome mood? A smile has dried my tears.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée de l'Estorade in a letter to Louise de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
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