Quotations About / On: SMILE
To smile with love is life; as we keep up the faith in the turth.
A lion's smile is a deer's warning.
(A lion's smile at the sight of a deer is a smile for having found food and a warning for a deer to take off or be the day's meal.)
Watt had watched people smile and thought he understood how it was done.
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1953. The narrator, in Watt, p. 25, Grove Press (1959).)
Profundity must smile.
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Lotte in Weimar, Fischer (1939). The Beloved Returns, ch. 7, p. 309, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Knopf (1940).)
There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. The Physiology of Marriage, Meditation Number II, Canel (1829).
Balzac's generalizations about marriage.)
Arrogance frowns; pride smiles.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
The morose one refuses to smile even when he has just had his teeth cleaned.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
[They] exchanged the quick, brilliant smile of women who dislike each other on sight.
(Marshall Pugh (b. 1925), British journalist, author. The Chancer, ch. 2 (1959).)
The giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile?
(Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of the Court," aph. 45, Characters (1688).)
Sweet smiles soften judgment. Sweet haunches unseat it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)