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Quotations about Kisses
NOTE: Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors. —ღ Terri, March 2021
No, you cannot live on kisses,
Though the honeymoon is sweet,
Harken, brides, a true word this is,—
Even lovers have to eat.
~Louise Bennett Weaver and Helen Cowles LeCron, "June," A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina's Best Recipes, 1917
A kiss is the outward visible sign of an inward fever. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Phases, Mazes, and Crazes of Love, 1904
All other caresses are valueless without a kiss; for is not a kiss the very autograph of Love? ~Henry Theophilus Finck (1854–1926), "The Language of Love," Romantic Love and Personal Beauty, 1887
A kiss is the heart's autograph. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897
...a man's kiss is his signature. ~Mae West, My Little Chickadee, 1940
When soul meets soul on lovers' lips... ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Moon," Prometheus Unbound, 1820
A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know. ~Mistinguett (Jeanne-marie Bourgeois, 1875–1956), as quoted in Theatre Arts, 1955
A kiss is remembered, when kisses are forgotten. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Phases, Mazes, and Crazes of Love, 1904
I am in favor of preserving the French habit of kissing ladies' hands — after all, one must start somewhere. ~Sacha Guitry, unverified
Send your little child to bed happy. Whatever cares press, give it a warm good-night kiss as it goes to its pillow. The memory of this in the stormy years which fate may have in store for the little one will be like Bethlehem's star to the bewildered shepherds. — "My father — my mother loved me!" Fate cannot take away that blessed heart-balm. Lips parched with the world's fever will become dewy again at this thrill of youthful memories. Kiss your little child before it goes to sleep. ~Charles Bullock, 1861
A kiss, when all is said, what is it?
A rosy dot placed on the "i" in loving;
'Tis a secret told to the mouth instead of to the ear.
Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can't see anything wrong with each other. ~Rene Yasenek
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said. ~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 1862
A kiss that speaks volumes is seldom a first edition. ~Clare Whiting
I kissed my first girl and smoked my first cigarette on the same day. I haven't had time for tobacco since. ~Arturo Toscanini
Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score;
Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on,
To make that thousand up a million;
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let's kisse afresh, as when we first begun.
~Robert Herrick, "To Anthea (III)"
In trying to get our own way, we should remember that kisses are sweeter than whine. ~Author Unknown
Stolen kisses require an accomplice. ~Just One Fool Thing After Another: A Cowfolks' Guide to Romance
since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you...
and kisses are a better fate
lady i swear by all flowers.
~E.E. Cummings, "since feeling is first," 1926
...I can forget my very existence in a deep kiss of you. ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens
Love's sweetest language is a kiss. ~Robert Herrick
A lover counts time in kisses, not years. ~Terri Guillemets
If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt. ~Thomas Carlyle
I have swung to the uttermost reaches of pain,
'Mid the echo of sighs, and a deluge of rain,
But ah! I rebound to the limits of bliss,
On the rapturous swing of an infinite kiss.
~Georgia Douglas Camp Johnson (1880–1966), "Pendulum," The Heart of a Woman and Other Poems, 1918
A man snatches the first kiss, pleads for the second, demands the third, takes the fourth, accepts the fifth — and endures all the rest. ~Helen Rowland
Love's first snow-drop, virgin kiss. ~Robert Burns
'Twas not my lips you kissed
But my soul
Kissing is the art of extracting honey from tulips, and protecting the same against frost by careful massage and frequent watering. ~Gideon Wurdz (Charles Wayland Towne), "Kissing," Eediotic Etiquette, 1906
The time not spent in kissing you is chaff
Gone windily away; is desert bones;
Is the lost acorn; the discarded half
Of ore from which were plucked the golden stones...
~Mark Van Doren, A Winter Diary And Other Poems, 1935
What of soul was left, I wonder, when the kissing had to stop? ~Robert Browning, A Toccata of Galuppi's
Once he drew
With one long kiss my whole soul thro'
My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson
People who throw kisses are mighty hopelessly lazy. ~Bob Hope
A kiss without a hug is like a flower without the fragrance. ~Proverb
Yesterday's yesterday while to‑day's here,
To‑day's to‑day till to‑morrow appear,
To‑morrow's to‑morrow until to‑day's past,
And kisses are kisses as long as they last.
~Anonymous, in The Banquet Book, by Cuyler Reynolds, 1902
In that last kiss I gave her all my soul,
My being and my breathing and the whole
Of what I am and what I am to be.
~Robinson Jeffers, "Northward-Bound"
A kiss is just a pleasant reminder that two heads are better than one. ~Author Unknown
Oh, the sweet lies lurk in kisses! ~Heinrich Heine, translated from German by Theodore Martin
Happiness is like a kiss — it feels best when you give it to someone else. ~Author Unknown
The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze. ~Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
"May I print a kiss on your lips?" I said,
And she nodded her full permission:
So we went to press and I rather guess
We printed a full edition.
Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words. ~Margaret Mitchell
Kissing is like drinking salted water. You drink, and your thirst increases. ~Chinese proverb
Your lips were tiny pink pillows,
and when we kissed it was like a pillow fight…
the kind you have when you feel completely comfortable
and belonging with another human soul.
~Kanaan, "Pillow Fight," Delicate Torture (Living Poetically), 2003
[T]hen I did the simplest thing in the world. I leaned down... and kissed him. And the world cracked open. ~Agnes de Mille
A kiss seals two souls for a moment in time. ~Terri Guillemets
[K]iss.... A trick of nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. ~Author unknown, quoted by Evan Esar in Esar's Comic Dictionary, 1943
[K]iss.... Not enough for one, just enough for two, and too much for three. ~Author unknown, quoted by Evan Esar in Esar's Comic Dictionary, 1943
[K]iss.... The anatomical juxtaposition of two orbicularis oris muscles in a state of contraction. ~Author unknown, quoted by Evan Esar in Esar's Comic Dictionary, 1943
See! the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea: -
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, Love's Philosophy
Her kisses left something to be desired... the rest of her. ~Author Unknown
I ran up the door, opened the stairs, said my pajamas and put on my prayers — turned off my bed, tumbled into my light, and all because he kissed me good-night! ~Author Unknown
I vow to you for eternity an infinity of kisses. ~Terri Guillemets
Gently he took her chin in his hand, and caressing her lovely face, he grew giddy from the scent of roses in her hair as they kissed in the waning light of the moon. ~Sally Smith O'Rourke, The Man Who Loved Jane Austen, 2006
Never a lip is curved with pain
That can't be kissed into smile again.
The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial one in any love story. ~Emil Ludwig
the sexiest yearning:
one lip on nostalgia, the
other, love yet earning.
O kiss me into faintness sweet and dim! ~Alexander Smith, "A Life-Drama"
At the first kiss I felt
Something melt inside me
That hurt in an exquisite way
All my longings, all my dreams and sweet anguish,
All the secrets that slept deep within me came awake,
Everything was transformed and enchanted
And made sense.
When I kiss you, I can taste your soul. ~Terri Guillemets
Your kiss at night is the sweetest for sure
It allows me to dream of a thousand more.
Her persuasive kisses were hard, deep, and intoxicating. ~Craig D. Slovak
The glow from one magical kiss
will light several years.
A kiss is the upper persuasion for a lower invasion. ~Author Unknown
Kisses kept are wasted;
Love is to be tasted.
There are some you love, I know;
Be not loathe to tell them so.
Lips go dry and eyes grow wet
Waiting to be warmly met.
Keep them not in waiting yet;
Kisses kept are wasted.
~Edmund Vance Cooke
The Natural kiss is a product of spontaneous combustion arising from the too close contact of a pair of Sparks. The Artificial is the kind we sometimes manage to pucker up and explode on the person of a Baby, a Girl Chum, or a Mother-in-Law. ~Gideon Wurdz (Charles Wayland Towne), "Kissing," Eediotic Etiquette, 1906
Strong love paralyzes the vocal cords, leaving the functions of speech to looks, hugs, and osculation. ~Sarah L. Minchler
The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child. ~Joe Houldsworth, as quoted by The Reader's Digest
A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years. ~Rupert Brooke
Kisses are like tears, the only real ones are the ones you can't hold back. ~Author Unknown
Kiss: love professed through lips. ~Terri Guillemets
Girl, when he gives you kisses twain,
use one, and let the other stay;
And hoard it, for moons die, red fades,
and you may need a kiss—some day.
~Frederic Ridgely Torrence, The House of a Hundred Lights: A Psalm of Experience After Reading a Couplet of Bidpai, 1899
How delicious is the winning
of a kiss at love's beginning.
The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Professor at the Breakfast-Table
Lips that taste of tears, they say,
Are the best for kissing.
Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author Unknown
She kissed me, and my mouth wrote a poem of welcome to her lips. ~Terri Guillemets, "First time," 1994 [a Ward Elliot Hour story —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
Each kiss a heart-quake... ~Lord Byron, Don Juan
...leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I'll not look for wine.
~Ben Jonson, To Celia
Kisses change hue with each lover. ~Terri Guillemets
It takes a lot of experience for a girl to kiss like a beginner. ~Ladies Home Journal, 1948
I could see the moon a million times
and it would never lose its magic.
You could kiss me in a billion ways,
every last one would be romantic.
It's sad when two people who could never part without a kiss come to the point where they never part and so never kiss. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Teach not thy lips such scorn, for they were made
For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
~William Shakespeare, Richard III, c.1592 [I, 2, Richard III (Duke of Gloucester)]
Our kisses were stumbling but stumbling in sync. ~Terri Guillemets, "Shaken, stirred," 1994
(So,when kiss Spring comes
we'll kiss each kiss other on kiss the kiss
lips because tic clocks toc don't make
a toctic difference
to kisskiss you and to
~E.E. Cummings (1894–1962)
I wasn't kissing her, I was whispering in her mouth. ~Chico Marx
Your kisses are no asterisk, no postscript — they're always the matter at hand. ~Terri Guillemets
I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children they just about throw up. ~Barbara Bush
Kiss me and my soul-storm thunders. ~Terri Guillemets
A man had given all other bliss,
And all his worldly worth for this,
To waste his whole heart in one kiss
Upon her perfect lips.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Ancient lovers believed a kiss would literally unite their souls, because the spirit was said to be carried in one's breath. ~Eve Glicksman
My debt to you is countless caressing kisses. ~Terri Guillemets
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