The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a deal longer.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–94) American Physician, Essayist
May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.
—Franz Kafka (1883–1924) Austrian Novelist, Short Story Writer
The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle, complimentary way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before.
I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
—Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) Irish Satirist
Kisses honeyed by oblivion.
—George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) (1819–80) English Novelist
Happiness is like a kiss… you must share it to enjoy it.
—Bernard Meltzer (1916–98) American Radio Personality
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
—Ingrid Bergman (1915–82) Swedish Actor
He took the bride about the neck and kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack that at the parting all the church did echo.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
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 (1820–1904) American Writer, Aphorist
Love: Before I heard the doctors tell The dangers of a kiss; I had considered kissing you. The nearest thing to bliss. But now I know biology and sit and sigh and moan; six million mad bacteria and I thought we were alone!
When women kiss it always reminds one of prize-fighters shaking hands.
—H. L. Mencken (1880–1956) American Journalist, Literary Critic
A kiss may ruin a human life.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright