A smile is formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth. Some smiles include a contraction of the muscles at the corner of the eyes, an action known as a Duchenne smile. Among humans, a smile expresses delight, sociability, happiness, joy or amusement. It is distinct from a similar but usually involuntary expression of anxiety known as a grimace. Although cross-cultural studies have shown that smiling is a means of communication throughout the world, there are large differences among different cultures, religions and societies, with some using smiles to convey confusion or embarrassment.
- What's the use of worrying?
It never was worth while, so
Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag,
And smile, smile, smile.
- George Asaf, Smile, Smile, Smile (1915).
- Smiles form the channels of a future tear.
- Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away;
A single laugh demolished the right arm
Of his own country;—seldom since that day
Has Spain had heroes.
- But owned that smile, if oft observed and near,
Waned in its mirth, and wither'd to a sneer.
- Lord Byron, Lara, A Tale (1814), Canto I, Stanza 17, line 11.
- From thy own smile I snatched the snake.
- Lord Byron, Manfred (1817).
- If you smile at me I will understand, cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language.
- Crosby, Stills, & Nash Wooden Ships (1969)
- In came Mrs. Fezziwig, one vast substantial smile.
- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843), Stave 2.
- In the meantime, it just makes it a little harder to smile. But so does the world.
- Comrades, this man has a nice smile, but he's got iron teeth.
- The Joker: Now comes the part where I relieve you, the little people, of the burden of your failed and useless lives. But, as my plastic surgeon always said: if you gotta go, go with a smile.
- Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren Batman (1989 film).
- And the hall is lone, and the hall is drear,
For the smiling of woman shineth not here.
- Letitia Elizabeth Landon, The London Literary Gazette (30th August 1823), 'The Bayadere Part I.'
- A sweet smile and a soft word have usually their desired effect.
- She had a very agreeable smile; it did not light up her face suddenly, but seemed rather to suffuse it by degrees with charm. It hesitated for a moment about her lips and then slowly travelled to those great shining eyes of hers and there softly lingered.
- W. Somerset Maugham, Collected short stories 1, "The promise", p. 407
- A smile that glow'd
Celestial rosy red, love's proper hue.
- For smiles from reason flow
To brute deny'd, and are of love the food.
- If they (children) smash, the flower vase assumes a smile
while turning into pieces.
For a chance to be spilled by their hands,
anything they hold gets spilled itself full of happiness.
For a chance to play with them,
water forgets about its own colourlessness.
- Eternal smiles his emptiness betray,
As shallow streams run dimpling all the way.
- Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires (1735), line 315.
- With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye.
- Walter Scott, Marmion (1808), Canto V, Stanza 12.
- Nobly he yokes
A smiling with a sigh, as if the sigh
Was that it was, for not being such a smile:
The smile mocking the sigh, that it would fly
From so divine a temple, to commix
With winds that sailors rail at.
- My tables,—meet it is I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain;
At least I'm sure it may be so in Denmark.
- Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort
As if he mock'd himself, and scorn'd his spirit
That could be mov'd to smile at anything.
- Those happy smilets,
That play'd on her ripe lip, seem'd not to know
What guests were in her eyes; which parted thence,
As pearls from diamonds dropp'd.
- When you call me that, smile!
- Owen Wister, The Virginian (1902), p. 29–30. Presumably the forerunner of "Smile when you say that, partner," familiar to generations of moviegoers.
- A tender smile, our sorrows' only balm.
- Edward Young, Love of Fame (1725-28), Satire V, line 108.
- A man I knew who lived upon a smile,
And well it fed him; he look'd plump and fair,
While rankest venom foam'd through every vein.
- Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night VIII, line 336.
- Some smiles are golden
While some are magical...
- Lisa Stanfield, All Around The World (Featuring Barry White), Sheet Music.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 721-22.
- Her very frowns are fairer far
Than smiles of other maidens are.
- Hartley Coleridge, She is not Fair.
- The smile of her I love is like the dawn
Whose touch makes Memnon sing:
O see where wide the golden sunlight flows—
The barren desert blossoms as the rose!
- R. W. Gilder, The Smile of Her I Love.
- With the smile that was childlike and bland.
- Bret Harte, Language of Truthful James (Heathen Chinee).
- 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, Stanza 7.
- The thing that goes farthest towards making life worth while,
That costs the least, and does the most, is just a pleasant smile.
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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.
- W. D. Nesbit, Let us Smile.
- There is a snake in thy smile, my dear,
And bitter poison within thy tear.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Beatrice Cenci.
- The smile that flickers on baby's lips when he sleeps—does anybody know where it was born? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born in the dream of a dew-washed morning.
- 'Tis easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows along like a song;
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong;
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
But the smile that is worth the praise of earth
Is the smile that comes through tears.
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But the virtue that conquers passion,
And the sorrow that hides in a smile—
It is these that are worth the homage of earth,
For we find them but once in a while.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Worth While.
- I feel in every smile a chain.
- John Wolcot (Peter Pindar), Pindariana.
- And she hath smiles to earth unknown—
Smiles that with motion of their own
Do spread, and sink, and rise.
- William Wordsworth, I met Louisa in the Shade, Stanza 2. (Afterwards cancelled by him, not found in complete ed. of poems).