An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown






Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.


Anita Brookner (1938-, British novelist, art historian)


Charm is a glow within a woman which casts a most becoming light on others.


John Mason Brown (1800-1859, American militant abolitionist)


Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.


Henry Van Dyke (1852--1933, American protestant clergyman and writer)


The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


No one has it who isn't capable of genuinely liking others, at least at the actual moment of meeting and speaking. Charm is always genuine; it may be superficial but it isn't false.


P. D. James (1920-, British mystery writer)


There are charms made only for distance admiration.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Charm is a product of the unexpected.


Jose Marti (1853-1895, Cuban patriot, national hero)


Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.


Marcus Valerius Martial (40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist)


The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


Great speakers are usually liars.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Charm is more than beauty.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


A plain woman is one who, however beautiful, neglects to charm.


Edgar Saltus


I am bewitched with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


It's absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Marvelous is the power which can be exercised, almost unconsciously, over a company, or an individual, or even upon a crowd by one person gifted with good temper, good digestion, good intellects, and good looks.


Anthony Trollope (1815-1882, British novelist)


If most men and women were forced to rely upon physical charm to attract lovers, their sexual lives would be not only meager but in a youth-worshiping country like America painfully brief.


Gore Vidal (1925-, American novelist, critic)


All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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