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(Proteus:) Why, then, we'll make exchange. Here, take you this.
(Julia:) And seal the bargain with a holy kiss.
- William Shakespeare,
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
(Proteus & Julia at II, ii)
Kissing with inside lip? stopping the career
Of laughter with a sigh?
- William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
(Leontes at I, ii)
You cannot analyze a kiss any more than you can dissect the fragrance of flowers.
- Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)
Kiss me, so long but as a kiss my live;
And in my heartless breast and burning brain
That word, that kiss shall all thoughts else survive,
With food of saddest memory kept alive.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais (st. 26)
As in the soft and sweet eclipse,
When soul meets soul on lover's lips.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
And with a velvet lip print on his brow such language as the tongue hath never spoken.
- Lydia Huntley Sigourney
I clasp thy waist, I feel thy bosom's beat--oh, kiss me into faintness sweet and dim!
- Alexander Smith
The fragrant infancy of opening flowers flowed to my senses in that melting kiss.
- Thomas Southerne (Southern)
My lips till then had only known
The kiss of mother and of sister,
But somehow, full upon her own
Sweet, rosy, darling mouth,--I kissed her.
- Edmund Clarence Stedman, The Door-Step
My love and I for kisses played;
She would keep stakes: I was content;
But when I won she would be paid;
This made me ask her what she meant.
Pray, since I see (quoth she) "your wrangling vain,
Take your kisses; give me mine again."
- Dr. William Strode, Verses,
in "Gentleman's Magazine", July, 1823
Lord! I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
- Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
Sweeter than the stolen kiss
Are the granted kisses.
- Bayard Taylor
O Love, O fire! once he drew with one long kiss my whole soul through my lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson
Our spirits rushed together at the touching of the lips.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson
Once he drew
With one long kiss my whole soul thro'
My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, Fatima (st. 3)
And our spirits rushed together at the touching of the lips.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
Girl, when he gives you kisses twain,
Use one, and let the other stay;
And hoard it, for moons may die, red fades,
And you may need a kiss--some day.
- Frederic Ridgely Torrence,
House of a Hundred Lights
Kisses are like grains of gold or silver found upon the ground, of no value themselves, but precious as showing that a mine is near.
- George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
Kiss the tear from her lip, you'll find the rose
The sweeter for the dew.
- Daniel Webster
A kiss from my mother made me a painter.
- Benjamin West
A kiss may ruin a human life.
- Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)
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