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A soft lip,
  Would tempt you to eternity of kissing!
      - Ben Jonson, Volpone; or, the Fox
         (act I, sc. 1)

I came to feel how far above
  All fancy, pride, and fickle maidenhood,
    All earthly pleasure, all imagined good,
      Was the warm tremble of a devout kiss.
      - John Keats (1)

Favouritism governed kissage,
  Even as it does in this age.
      - Rudyard Kipling,
        Departmental Ditties--General Summary

My lips the sextons are
  Of thy slain kisses.
      - George Eric Lancaster,
        in "Pygmalion in Cyprus", p. 18 (ed. 1880)

It is delightful to kiss the eyelashes of the beloved--is it not? But never so delightful as when fresh tears are on them.
      - Walter Savage Landor

When she kissed me once in a play,
  Rubies were less bright than they;
    And less bright were those which shone
      In the palace of the Sun.
        Will they be as bright again?
          Not if kiss'd by other men.
      - Walter Savage Landor, Rubies

The kiss you take is paid by that you give:
  The joy is mutual, and I'm still in debt.
      - George Lansdowne

What is a kiss? Alacke! at worst,
  A single Dropp to quenche a Thirst,
    Tho' oft it prooves, in happie Hour,
      The first swete Dropp of our long Showre.
      - Charles Godfrey Leland, In the Old Time

The blossom of love.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

Says he--"I'd better call agin;"
  Says she--"Think likely, Mister!"
    Thet last word pricked him like a pin,
      An'--Wal, he up an' kist her.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Courtin'

The kiss, in which he half forgets even such a yoke as yours.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        Lays of Ancient Rome--Virginia (l. 138)

Why do I not kiss you, Philaenis? you are bald. Why do I not kiss you, Philaenis? you are carrotty. Why do I not kiss you, Philaenis? you are one-eyed. He who kisses you, Philaenis, sins against nature.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. II, ep. 33)

A kiss may not be the truth, but it is what we wish were true.
      - Steve Martin

I throw a kiss across the sea,
  I drink the winds as drinking wine,
    And dream they all are blown from thee,
      I catch the whisper'd kiss of thine.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
        England (1871, introduction)

I rest content; I kiss your eyes,
  I kiss your hair in my delight:
    I kiss my hand and say "Good-night."
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
        Songs of the Sun-Lands--Islands of the Amazons
         (pt. V, introd. st.)

One kiss the maiden gives, one last,
  Long kiss, which she expires in giving.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri
         (l. 200)

Kiss--kiss-thou hast won me,
  Bright, beautiful sin.
      - William Motherwell, The Demon Lady

Kisses are the messengers of love.
      - Martin Opitz (a/k/a Opitz von Boberfeld)

How should great Jove himself do else than miss
  To win the woman he forgets to kiss.
      - Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore,
        De Natura Deorum

Drink to me with thine eyes alone; or if thou wilt, having put it to thy lips, fill the cup with kisses, and so give it me.
      - Philostratus, Epistles (24)

O delicious kiss,
  Why thou so sudden art gone?
    Lost in the moment thou art won?
      - Peter Pindar (pseudonym of Dr. John Wolcot) (Wolcott)

Her mouth's culled sweetness by thy kisses shed
  On cheeks and neck and eyelids, and so led
    Back to her mouth which answers there for all.
      - Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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, Cyrano de Bergerac

Young gentlemen, pray recollect, if you please,
  Not to make appointments near mulberry trees.
    Should your mistress be missing, it shows a weak head
      To be stabbing yourself, till you know she is dead.
        Young ladies, you should not go strolling about
          When your ancient mammas don't know you are out;
            And remember that accidents often befall
              From kissing young fellows through holes in the wall!
      - John Godfrey Saxe, Pyramus and Thisbe

Give me kisses! Nay, 'tis true
  I am just as rich as you;
    And for every kiss I owe,
      I can pay you back, you know.
        Kiss me, then,
          Every moment, and again.
      - John Godfrey Saxe, To Lesbia

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