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Quotations About / On: SMILE

  • 31.
    In accordance with the law the death sentence was announced to Cincinnatus C. in a whisper. All rose, exchanging smiles.
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Invitation to a Beheading, ch. 1 (1959).)
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  • 32.
    Every man who is high up likes to think he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that. It's our only joke. Every woman knows that.
    (J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Maggie Shand, in What Every Woman Knows, act 4 (performed 1908, published 1918).)
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  • 33.
    To a joke, then, I owe my first gleam of consciousness—which again has recapitulatory implications, since the first creatures on earth to become aware of time were also the first creatures to smile.
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Speak, Memory, ch. 1 (1966).)
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  • 34.
    Strange, to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition, every man and wife gazing and smiling at them.
    (Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), British diarist. journal entry, Dec. 25, 1665. The Diary of Samuel Pepys, eds. Robert Latham and William Matthews (1977-83).)
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  • 35.
    In a few generations more, there will probably be no room at all allowed for animals on the earth: no need of them, no toleration of them. An immense agony will have then ceased, but with it there will also have passed away the last smile of the world's youth.
    (Ouida [Marie Louise De La Ramée] (1839-1908), British novelist. Critical Studies, "The Quality of Mercy," (1900).)
  • 36.
    As soon as men know that they can kill without fear of punishment or blame, they kill; or at least they encourage killers with approving smiles.
    (Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. Letter, c. 1938, to author Georges Bernanos. Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962).)
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  • 37.
    Geez, if I could get through to you, kiddo, that depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling. Reduction, see? Of all feeling. People who keep stiff upper lips find that it's damn hard to smile.
    (Judith Guest (b. 1936), U.S. author. The psychiatrist Berger to Conrad Jarrett, in Ordinary People, ch. 27 (1976).)
  • 38.
    The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
    (Jim Morrison (1943-1971), U.S. rock musician. Quoted in Andrew Doe and John Tobler, In Their Own Words: The Doors, ch. 1 (1988).)
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  • 39.
    It's so easy during those first few months to think that the problems will never end. You feel as if your son will never sleep through the night, will always spit up food after eating, and will never learn to smile—even though you don't know any adults or even older children who still act this way.
    (Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Pregnancy and Your Baby's First Year, ch. 8 (1993).)
  • 40.
    Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.
    (Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), U.S. novelist. Martin Arrowsmith, in Arrowsmith, ch. 25 (1925).)
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