On Kissing – From a Small Book Given to Me in 1996

Good morning! – 0930 – September 13, 2020

The book is called appropriately The Kiss, by Running Press (c) 1992. One of those tiny ones found in the check-out stand at the book or drug store. As we are spending most of our time indoors, I read it this morning. These are my favorite quotes from the book – Enjoy! 🙂

“There is the kiss of welcome and of parting; the long, lingering, loving, present one; the stolen, or the mutual one; the kiss of love, of joy, and of sorrow; the seal of promise and the receipt of fulfillment.”
– Thomas C. Haliburton (1796-1865), Canadian humorist and jurist


” A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
– Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982), Swedish actress


“…we embraced each other with – how to say it? – a momentous smiling calm, as if the cup of language had silently overflowed into these eloquent kisses which replaced words like the rewards of silence itself, perfecting thought and gesture.”
– Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), English writer


“I don’t know how to kiss, or I would kiss you. Where do the noses go?”
– Dudley Nichols, author of the screenplay, For Whom The Bell Tolls, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway


“Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kiss on,
To make that thousand up a million.
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let’s kiss afresh, as when we first begun.”

– Robert Herrick (1591-1674), English poet


“…my first kiss… I actually asked her permission. She sighed, as in resignation, and then with some impatience she closed her eyes, puckered her lips, and then opened them only long enough to say, ‘Okay, but make it quick,’ whereupon we engaged in the briefest and driest moment in all erotica.”
– Phil Donohue, b. 1935, American talk-show host


“Lips only sing
when they cannot kiss.”

– James Thomson (1834-1882), British poet


“…we kiss.
And it feels
like we
have just
shrugged off
the world.”

– Jim Shahin, 20th century American writer and editor

Published by Jim Flanegin

it shows up in the pictures...I am a US citizen (born in California), though spent my childhood through high school living primarily in SE Asia, giving me a deep view of both East and West.

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