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Famous Smiles Quotations

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"True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper."
by Thomas Carlyle
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."
by Mark Twain
"Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles."
by Samuel Smiles
"Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever."
by Samuel Smiles
"It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application."
by Samuel Smiles
"It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done."
by Samuel Smiles
"Ah, Hope what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of to-day, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow."
by La Rochefoucauld
"'Where there is a will there is a way,' is an old and true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement. To think we are able, is almost to be so - to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself."
by Samuel Smiles
"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles."
by Washington Irving
"Acceptance. It is the true thing everyone longs for. The one thing everyone craves. To walk in a room and to be greeted by everyone with hugs and smiles. And in that small passing moment, you truly know you're loved, needed, and accepted."
by Rena Harmon
"An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing."
by Samuel Smiles
"Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray."
by Lord Byron
"Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available."
by Jim Beggs
"Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years."
by Unknown
"Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back."
by Marcus Aurelius
"Enthusiasm...the sustaining power of all great action."
by Samuel Smiles
"For long you live and high you fly, For smiles you give and tears you cry, For all you touch and all you see Is all your life will ever be."
by Pink Floyd
"For want of self-restraint many men are engaged all their lives in fighting with difficulties of their own making, and rendering success impossible by their own cross-grained ungentleness; whilst others, it may be much less gifted, make their way and achieve success by simple patience, equanimity, and self-control."
by Smiles
"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Times is still a-flying And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying."
by Robert Herrick
"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying."

by Robert Herrick
"God sends children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race - to enlarge our hearts; and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affection; to give our shoulds higher aims; to call out all our faculties to extended enterprise and exertion and to bring round our firesides bright faces, happy smiles, and loving, tender hearts. My soul blesses the great Father, every day, that he has gladdened the earth with little children"
by Mary Howitt
"He was a friend to man, and lived in a house by the side of the road. HOMERThere are hermit souls that live withdrawnIn the peace of their self-content;There are souls, like stars, that dwell apart,In a fellowless firmament;There are pioneer souls that blaze their pathsWhere highways never ran;But let me live by the side of the roadAnd be a friend to man. Let me live in a house by the side of the road,Where the race of men go byThe men who are good and the men who are bad,As good and as bad as I. I would not sit in the scorners seat,Or hurl the cynics ban;Let me live in a house by the side of the roadAnd be a friend to man. I see from my house by the side of the road,By the side of the highway of life,The men who press with the ardor of hope,The men who are faint with the strife. But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tearsBoth parts of an infinite plan;Let me live in my house by the side of the roadAnd be a friend to man. I know there are brook-gladdened meadows aheadAnd mountains of wearisome height;That the road passes on through the long afternoonAnd stretches away to the night. But still I rejoice when the travellers rejoice,And weep with the strangers that moan. Nor live in my house by the side of the roadLike a man who dwells alone. Let me live in my house by the side of the roadWhere the race of men go byThey are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,Wise, foolishso am I. Then why should I sit in the scorners seatOr hurl the cynics ban?Let me live in my house by the side of the roadAnd be a friend to man."
by Sam Walter Foss
"He who never made a mistake never made a discovery."
by Samuel Smiles
"Hope...is the companion of power, and the mother of success for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles."
by Samuel Smiles
"Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier."
by Alfred Lord Tennyson
"I do not want a friend who smiles when I smile, who weeps when I weep, for my shadow in the pool can do better than that"
by Confucius
"I do not want a friend Who smiles when I smile Who weeps when I weep For my shadow in the pool Can do better than that."
by Confucius
"In the defense of our nation, a president must be a clear-eyed realist. There are limits to the smiles and scowls of diplomacy. Armies and missiles are not stopped by stiff notes of condemnation. They are held in check by strength and purpose and the promise of swift punishment."
by George W. Bush
"It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done."
by Samuel Smiles
"It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song, But the man worth while is the one who can smile, When everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is troubled, And it always comes with the years. And the smiles that is worth the praises of earth Is the smile that shines through tears."
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one but the success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest better lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune..."
by Samuel Smiles
"It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one; but success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest; better to lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune."
by Samuel Smiles
"It is, indeed, at home that every man must be known by those who would make a just estimate either of his virtue or felicity; for smiles and embroidery are alike occasional, and the mind is often dressed for show in painted honor, and fictitious benevolence."
by Samuel Johnson
"Jupiter from on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers."
by Ovid
"Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts."
by Paramahansa Yogananda
"Life is sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating."
by O. Henry
"Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it."
by Samuel Smiles
"Never rely on the glory of the morning nor the smiles of your mother-in-law."
by Japanese Proverb
"One's life story cannot be told with complete veracity. A true autobiography would have to be written in states of mind, emotions, heartbeats, smiles and tears not in months and years, or physical events. Life is marked off on the soul by feelings, not by dates."
by Hellen Keller
"Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only."
by Samuel Smiles
"Present your religion to a little child, set him in the midst of those who profess it. If it frightens him, and freezes the smiles on his lips, then whatever sort of religion it is, it is not Christianity."
by Unknown
"Smiles form the channels of a future tear."
by Lord Byron
"The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former."
by Samuel Smiles
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection."
by Thomas Paine
"The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief."
by William Shakespeare
"The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once."
by Samuel Smiles
"There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness, and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness, and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity."
by Johann Kaspar Lavater
"True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laugther, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper."
by Thomas Carlyle
"We must never allow the future to be weighed down by memory. For children have no past, and that is the whole secret of the magical innocence of their smiles."
by Milan Kundera
"We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."
by Samuel Smiles
"What sunshine is to flowers...smiles are to humanity."
by Anonymous
"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable."
by Joseph Addison
"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable"
by Joseph Addison
"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable."
by Joseph Addison
"Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied."
by Sophocles
"The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted."
by Samuel Smiles
"The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved."
by Samuel Smiles
"However far your travels take you, you will never find the girl who smiles out at you from the travel brochure."
by Source Unknown
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Age"
by Mark Twain
"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying."
by Robert Herrick
"Colors are the smiles of nature."
by Leigh Hunt
"We learn from failure much more than from success; we often discover what we will do by finding our what we will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."
by Samuel Smiles
"If fortune smiles, who doesn't? If fortune doesn't, who does?"
by Chinese Proverb
"I want to be remembered as the girl who always smiles even when her heart is broken. And the one that could always brighten up your day even if she couldnt brighten her own."
by Anon.
"Pale were your looks; and the rose in your tresses Paler of hue than the dreams we have lost; Who, then I said, is it sees or who guesses, Here in the hall, that I dance with a ghost? Gone! And the dance and the music are ended. Gone! And the rapture dies out of the skies. And, on my arm, in her elegance splendid, The woman of fashion smiles up in my eyes. Had I forgotten? and did you remember? You, who are dead, whom I cannot forget; You, for whose sake all my heart is an ember Covered with ashes of dreams and regret."
by Madison Cawein
"The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors."
by Samuel Smiles
"Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of to-day, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow."
by Susanna Moodie
"Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession -- a property entirely our own."
by Samuel Smiles
"God does not play dice with the universe: He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time ."
by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens
"The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in yer face while it picks yer pocket: and the glorious uncertainty of it is of more use to the professors than the justice of it."
by Charles Macklin
"The flower in the vase smiles, but no longer laughs."
by Malcolm De Chazal
"Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort."
by Sir Humphrey Davy
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need; by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints,--I love thee with the breath. Smiles, tears, of all my life!--and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death."
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"A man once said death smiles upon us all. All a man can do is smile back."
by Gladiator
"Chico: Right now I'd do anything for money. I'd kill somebody for money. I'd kill YOU for money. [Harpo looks dejected.] Chico: Ha ha ha. Ah, no. You're my friend. I'd kill you for nothing. [Harpo smiles.]"
by The Cocoanuts (1929)
"Chico: Right now I'd do anything for money. I'd kill somebody for money. I'd kill you for money. [Harpo looks dejected.] Chico: Ha ha ha. Ah, no. You're my friend. I'd kill you for nothing. [Harpo smiles.]"
by The Cocoanuts (1929)
"I knew a man who once said, 'death smiles at us all. The best a man can do, is smile back.'"
by Maximus, Gladiator
"A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn't climb over it."
by Arthur Baer
"Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them."
by Samuel Smiles
"For long you live and high you fly and smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry and all that you touch and all that you see is all your life will ever be."
by Pink Floyd
"Coffee falls into the stomach... ideas begin to move, things remembered arrive at full gallop... the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, smiles arise, the paper is covered with ink..."
by Honore de Balzac
"Every morning I woke in dread, waiting for the day nurse to go on her rounds and announce from the list of names in her hand whether or not I was for shock treatment, the new and fashionable means of quieting people and of making them realize that orders are to be obeyed and floors are to be polished without anyone protesting and faces are to be made to be fixed into smiles and weeping is a crime."
by Janet Frame
"Our civilization, bequeathed to us by fierce adventurers, eaters of meat and hunters, is so full of hurry and combat, so busy about many things which perhaps are of no importance, that it cannot but see something feeble in a civilization which smiles as it refuses to make the battlefield the test of excellence."
by James Joyce
"Smiles form the channel of a future tear."
by Lord (George Gordon) Byron
"Most smiles are started by another smile."
by Frank A. Clark
"Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. Source unknown A spark of kindness starts a fire of love."
by Source Unknown
"Reach me down my Tycho Brahe, I would know him when we meet, When I share my later science, sitting humbly at his feet; He may know the law of all things, yet be ignorant of how We are working to completion, working on from then to now. Pray remember that I leave you all my theory complete, Lacking only certain data for your adding, as is meet, And remember men will scorn it, 'tis original and true, And the obliquy of newness may fall bitterly on you. But, my pupil, as my pupil you have learned the worth of scorn, You have laughed with me at pity, we have joyed to be forlorn, What for us are all distractions of men's fellowship and smiles; What for us the Goddess Pleasure with her meretricious smiles. You may tell that German College that their honor comes too late, But they must not waste repentance on the grizzly savant's fate. Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
by Sarah Williams
"Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that."
by James Barrie
"Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West, From North and South, come the pilgrim and guest, When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board The old broken links of affection restored, When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more, And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before. What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye? What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?"
by John Greenleaf Whittier
"[I am] firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles,—but much more so, when he laughs, that it adds something to this Fragment of life."
by Laurence Sterne
"It is alive, venomous it smiles grimly its words cut—"
by William Carlos Williams


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