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With the smile that was childlike and bland.
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte),
        Language of Truthful James (Heathen Chinee)

A stale article, if you dip it in a good, warm, sunny smile, will go off better than a fresh one that you've scowled upon.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

A lot of men think that if they smile for a second, somebody will take advantage of them, and they are right.
      - Don Herold

The smiles of infants are said to be the first fruits of human reason.
      - Henry Norman Hudson

A soul only needs to see a smile in a white-crape bonnet in order to enter the palace of dreams.
      - Victor Hugo

Is it not a thing divine to have a smile which, none know how, has the power to lighten the weight of that enormous chain which all the living in common drag behind them?
      - Victor Hugo

A smile is ever the most bright and beautiful with a tear upon it. What is the dawn without the dew? The tear is rendered by the smile precious above the smile itself.
      - Walter Savage Landor

They gave each other a smile with a future in it.
      - Ring Lardner

A beautiful smile is to the female countenance what the sunbeam is to the landscape; it embellishes an inferior face and redeems an ugly one.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Softness of smile indicates softness of character.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

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.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The passing years had drunk a portion of the light from her eyes, and left their traces on her cheeks, as birds that drink at lakes leave their footprints on the margin. But the pleasant smile reminded him of the bygone days.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Reproof on her lip, but a smile in her eye.
      - Samuel Lover, Rory O'More

Whence that three-cornered smile of bliss?
  Three angels gave me at once a kiss.
      - George MacDonald, Baby (st. 7)

The face that cannot smile is never fair.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.
      - Herman Melville

Sweet intercourse of looks and smiles; for smiles from reason flow.
      - John Milton

For smiles from reason flow
  To brute deny'd, and are of love the food.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 239)

A smile that glow'd
  Celestial rosy red, love's proper hue.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VIII, l. 618)

The cheek may be tinged with a warm sunny smile, though the cold heart to ruin runs darkly the while.
      - Thomas Moore

The thing that goest farthest towards making life worth while,
  That costs the least, and does the most, is just a pleasant smile.
    . . . .
      It's full of worth and goodness too, with manly kindness blent,
        It's worth a million dollars and it doesn't cost a cent.
      - Wilbur D. Nesbit, Let us Smile

Eternal smiles his emptiness betray,
  As shallow streams run dimpling all the way.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires
         (l. 315)

Her smile was prodigal of summery shine,--
  Gaily persistent,--like a morn in June
    That laughs away the clouds, and up and down
      Goes making merry with the ripening grain,
        That slowly ripples,--its bent head drooped down,
          With golden secret of the sheathed seed.
      - Margaret Junkin Preston

The harper smiled, well pleased; for ne'er
  Was flatt'ry lost on poet's ear:
    A simple race! they waste their toil
      For the vain tribute of a smile.
      - Sir Walter Scott

With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto V, st. 12)

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