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A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.


Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982, Swedish-born American screen, stage actress)


It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Kisses honeyed by oblivion.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle, complimentary way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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There used to be two kinds of kisses. First when girls were kissed and deserted; second, when they were engaged. Now there's a third kind, where the man is kissed and deserted. If Mr. Jones of the nineties bragged he'd kissed a girl, everyone knew he was through with her. If Mr. Jones of 1919 brags the same everyone knows it's because he can't kiss her any more. Given a decent start any girl can beat a man nowadays.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest.


John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


The kiss. There are all sorts of kisses, lad, from the sticky confection to the kiss of death. Of them all, the kiss of an actress is the most unnerving. How can we tell if she means it or if she's just practicing?


Ruth Gordon


Oh what lies lurk in kisses!


Heinrich Heine (1797-1856, German poet, journalist)


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 (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


What did that mean, to kiss? You put your face up like that to say goodnight and then his mother put her face down. That was to kiss. His mother put her lips on his cheek; her lips were soft and they wetted his cheek; and they made a tiny little noise: kiss. Why did people do that with their two faces?


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


The social kiss is an exchange of insincerity between two combatants on the field of social advancement. It places hygiene before affection and condescension before all else.


London Sunday Correspondent


Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.


Bernard Meltzer (1914-, American law professor)


When women kiss it always reminds one of prize-fighters shaking hands.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


A kiss is but a kiss now!  And no wave of a great flood that whirls me to the sea.  But, as you will!  We'll sit contentedly, and eat our pot of honey on the grave.


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he may kiss the mistress.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


There is one who kisses, and the other who offers the cheek.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


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.


Edmond Rostand (1868-1918, French poet, playwright)


He took the bride about the neck and kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack that at the parting all the church did echo.


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


I can forget my very existence in a deep kiss of you.


Byron Caldwell Smith


I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


The sobs and tears of joy he had not foreseen rose with such force within him that his whole body shook and for a long time prevented him from speaking. Falling on his knees by her bed. He held his wife's hand to his lips and kissed it, and her hand responded to his kisses with weak movement of finger. Meanwhile, at the foot of the bed, in the midwife's expert hands, like the flame of a lamp, flickered the life of a human being who had never existed before...


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know.


Author Unknown


Love: Before I heard the doctors tell The dangers of a kiss; I had considered kissing you. The nearest thing to bliss. But now I know biology and sit and sigh and moan; six million mad bacteria and I thought we were alone!


Author Unknown


A kiss may ruin a human life.


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


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