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Quotations about Winking

A wink is a little piece of your heart, a type of smile, a special link. ~J.L.W. Brooks

Mr. Tacker, who from his great experience in the performance of funerals, would have made an excellent pantomime actor, winked at Mrs. Gamp without at all disturbing the gravity of his countenance... ~Charles Dickens

Some winks are more expressive than others. ~A. A. Milne, Once On A Time, 1917

If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl. ~H.L. Mencken

I know many married men; I even know a few happily married men; but I don't know one who wouldn't fall down the first open coal-hole running after the first pretty girl who gave him a wink. ~George Jean Nathan (1882–1958)

He gave me what was probably meant to be a significant wink, but a corner of his mouth moved more than his eye did and the result was a fairly startling face. ~Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man, 1934

When he looked up and saw me walking toward him, he winked, causing me to stop dead in my tracks and gape. Clearly, his winks were some sort of superpower, because I swear that if he asked me to jump from the roof of a tall building and then winked, I'd jump. ~C.P. Smith, Property Of, 2015

Wink at the world today. ~Author unknown

Relationship status:  just winked at a plate of chocolate chip cookies ~Keith Wynn, @ravens_rhapsody, tweet, 2017

Well you can't have a dream and cut it to fit
But when I saw you I knew, we'd go together
Like a wink and a smile...
We go together like a wink and a smile.
~Marc Shaiman and Ramsey McLean, "A Wink and a Smile," 1993

      “The wise with a tick,
        The fool with a kick.”
A wink is enough to make the sensible understand, but the stupid need more impressive instruction. ~C. H. Spurgeon, The Salt-Cellars, being a Collection of Proverbs, together with Homely Notes Thereon, 1889

Winky face — the emoticon that makes anything sound dirty. ~Internet meme

A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink. ~Gina Carey, unverified

Facts of this kind can of course be always dismissed by a knowing wink or a sarcastic smile. ~Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th earl of Rosebery, Pitt, 1891

Wink at wee faults, your ain are meikle. ~Scottish proverb

Who would regard all things complacently must wink at a great many. ~Dutch proverb

If little faults, proceeding on distemper,
Shall not be wink'd at, how shall we stretch our eye
When capital crimes, chew'd, swallow'd and digested,
Appear before us?...
~William Shakespeare, Henry V, c.1598  [II, 2, Henry V]

The Magistrates wincke at it, or els as looking thorowe their fingers, they see it, and will not see it. ~Philip Stubbs, Anatomie of Abuses, 1583

Wild joyous gods, who winked at faults and folly,
And could be pitiful and melancholy.
~George Eliot, "The Legend of Jubal," 1868

There is a Time to wink, as well as to see. ~Gnomologia by Thomas Fuller

Happiness is — winking at someone. ~Author unknown

Belave me, my jewel, it was Sir Pathrick that was unrasonable mad thin, sure enough, and the more by token that the Frinchman kept an wid his winking at the widdy; and the widdy she kipt an wid the squazing of my flipper... So I just ripped out wid a big oath, and says I, "Ye little spalpeeny frog of a bog-throtting son of a bloody-noun!" — and jist thin... she jumped up from the sofy as if she was bit, and made aff through the door, while I turned my head round afther her, in a complete bewilderment and botheration, and followed her wid me two peepers. ~Edgar Allan Poe, "The Irish Gentleman and the Little Frenchman,"1840

There is as much meaning in a wink as a word. ~Proverb

Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does. ~Author unknown, early 1900s

...she winked a wink of wonderful mystery... ~Mark Twain

A flirt is as strong as her weakest wink. ~Author unknown

All that is false in this world below
Betrays itself in a love of show;
Indignant Nature hides her lash
In the purple-black of a dyed mustache;
The shallowest fop will trip in French,
The would-be critic will misquote Trench;
In short, you're always sure to detect
A sham in the things folks most affect;
Bean-pods are noisiest when dry,
And you always wink with your weakest eye...
~Bret Harte, "The Tale of a Pony," 1860s

As he accepted my peace offering, his lips twitched into a sexy half grin. Lifting the coffees in a salutation of forgiveness he then winked at me, which sent my heart fluttering... ~C.P. Smith, Property Of, 2015

To his excited fancy everything assumed a spectral look. The shadows of familiar things about him stalked like ghosts through the haunted chambers of his soul; and the old portraits on the walls winked at him, and seemed stepping down from their frames... ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion: A Romance, 1839

Scott, from under bushy eyebrows, winked at the apparition of a beeswing; Wilberforce's eyes went up to the ceiling, so that he did not seem to know how his glass went up full to his mouth and came down empty; — up to the ceiling which was above us only yesterday, and which the great of the past days have all looked at. ~William Makepeace Thackeray

I put in these parentheses to signify a complicated wink — you understand? ~Mark Twain

...winking all the way as a vent for his superfluous sagacity... ~Charles Dickens

He was a little high-dried man, with a dark squeezed-up face, and small restless black eyes, that kept winking and twinkling on each side of his little inquisitive nose, as if they were playing a perpetual game of bo-peep with that feature. ~Charles Dickens

Here he went through the not very difficult process of winking upon the company with his solitary eye... ~Charles Dickens

      [A]n ugly old gentleman... was winking at Tom Smart... he began to grow rather indignant when he saw the old gentleman winking and leering at him with such an impudent air... Tom said, in a very angry tone— "What the devil are you winking at me for?"
      "Because I like it, Tom Smart..." He stopped winking though, when Tom spoke, and began grinning like a superannuated monkey.
      "How do you know my name, old nut-cracker face!" ~Charles Dickens

There is the mirth of Dickens, twinkling now in some ironical insinuation, — and anon winking at you with pleasant maliciousness, its distended cheeks fat with suppressed glee, — and then, again, coming out in broad gushes of humor, overflowing all banks and bounds of conventional decorum. ~Edwin Percy Whipple, "The Ludicrous Side of Life," 1846

If people winked in real life as much as they do in texts, the world would be a pretty creepy place. ~Internet meme

What do you suppose?
A bee sat on my nose.
Then what do you think?
He gave me a wink
And said, "I beg your pardon,
I thought you were the garden."
~English rhyme

...though there 's reason in things as nobody knows on, — that 's pretty much what I 've made out; though some folks are so wise, they 'll find you fifty reasons straight off, and all the while the real reason 's winking at 'em in the corner, and they niver see 't. ~George Eliot, Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe, 1861

So we go round the dreary circle. One reform is obtained, and a fresh failing springs up to take its place. One man cannot put himself against a system winked at by the whole country. It is a pity, but 'tis true, and pity 'tis 'tis true. ~Jerome K. Jerome, 1896

I know as well as you must that there are many articles of belief clinging to the skirts of our time which are the bequests of the ages of ignorance that God winked at. ~O. W. Holmes

Three o'clock in the morning. The soft April night is looking in at my windows and caressingly winking at me with its stars. I can't sleep, I am so happy! ~Anton Chekhov (1860–1904), "Love," translated by Constance Garnett, 1931

To see such lovers, Thurio, as yourself:
Upon a homely object Love can wink.
~William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, c.1594  [II, 4, Valentine]

When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And darkly bright are bright in dark directed.
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
How would thy shadow's form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so!
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay!
All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.
~William Shakespeare

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