“Lord! I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.” – Jonathan Swift


By Bill Derby

Have you folks been keeping up with current event news? Bummer. Whether it’s tweet war or continuous bashing of political opponents, decent news reporting is hard to find. I miss you Walter Cronkite.

Today, I was prepared to pontificate on the opinionated TV and internet newsrooms reporting tabloid journalism. But, that would be negative. Just to keep real life in perspective I have decided to change the subject to lust.

I found these romantic, funny and thoughtful quotations of what we humans enjoy as the kiss. Forget the negative and enjoy real human emotions.

•  A kiss is something you cannot give without taking and cannot take without giving. – Anonymous

• Kiss till the cow comes home. – Francis Beaumont

•  What of soul was left, I wonder, when the kissing had to stop? – Robert Browning

•  We turned on one another deep, drowned gazes, and exchanged a kiss that reduced my bones to rubber and my brain to gruel. – Peter De Vries

• Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.  – e. e. cummings 

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

•  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. – Christian Nestell Bovee

•  You should not take a fellow eight years old and make him swear to never kiss the girls. – Robert Browning

•  The moment eternal – just that and no more -When ecstasy’s utmost we clutch at the core – While cheeks burn, arms open, eyes shut, and lips meet! – Robert Browning

•  First time he kissed me, he but only kissed-The fingers of this hand wherewith I write; And, ever since, it grew more clean and white. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

•  If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of a doubt. – Thomas Carlyle

•  …then I did the simplest thing in the world. I leaned down… and kissed him. And the world cracked open.– Agnes de Mille

•  That farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow. – George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans]

• Is not a kiss the very autograph of love? – Henry Finck

•  Never a lip is curved with pain that can’t be kissed into smile again.– Brete Harte

•  You may conquer with the sword, but you are conquered by a kiss. – Daniel Heinsius

•  You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss…– Herman Hupfeld

•  Now a soft kiss — Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss – John Keats

•  A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point.– Mistinguett 

•  Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my deary, kiss me, and be quiet. – Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

•  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

•  A man snatches the first kiss, pleads for the second, demands the third, takes the fourth, accepts the fifth–and endures all the rest. – Helen Rowland

•  Why does a man take it for granted that a girl who flirts with him wants him to kiss her–when, nine times out of ten, she only wants him to want to kiss her? – Helen Rowland

•  Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. – Song of Soloman


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