Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes


"Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad." -

"After my death, my thought will still smile at every mystery from which the cover has been ripped." - Zalman Shneour

"A smile will always bring forth a smile." - Baird T. Spalding

"When a rebel army took over a Korean town, all fled the Zen temple except the abbot. The rebel general burst into the temple, and was incensed to find that the master refused to greet him, let alone receive him as a conqueror. “Don’t you know,” shouted the general, “that you are looking at one who can run you through without batting an eye?” “And you,” said the abbot, “are looking at one who can be run through without batting an eye.” The general’s scowl turned into a smile. He bowed low and left the temple." - Lucien Stryk, Takashi Ikemoto and Taigan Takayama

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -

"A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable." - Moshe Waldoks

"If a person measures his spiritual fulfillment in terms of cosmic visions, surpassing peace of mind, or ecstasy, then he is not likely to know much spiritual fulfillment. If, however, he measures it in terms of enjoying a sunrise, being warmed by a child’s smile, or being able to help someone have a better day, then he is likely to know much spiritual fulfillment." - Arthur Asher Miller

"A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give." - Author Unknown NULL

"It takes thirty-four muscles to frown, and only thirteen to smile. Why make the extra effort?" - Author Unknown NULL

"The men whom I have seen succeed best in life always have been cheerful and hopeful men; who went about their business with a smile on their faces; and took the changes and chances of this mortal life like men; facing rough and smooth alike as it came." -

"Don't cry because it ended. Smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss, pen name for Theodore Seuss Geisel

"Luck is not chance – it’s toil – fortune’s expensive smile is earned." - Emily Dickinson, fully Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

"A man’s real faith is never contained in his creed, nor is his creed an article of his faith. The last is never adopted. This it is that permits him to smile ever, and to live even as bravely as he does. And yet he clings anxiously to his creed, as to a straw, thinking that that does him good service because his sheet anchor does not drag." - Henry David Thoreau, born David Henry Thoreau

"A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the joyous day of the whole week." - Henry Ward Beecher

"A man is known to his dog by the smell, to his tailor by the coat, to his friend by the smile; each of these know him, but how little or how much depends on the dignity of the intelligence. That which is truly and indeed characteristic of the man is known only to God." - John Ruskin

"The habit of prayer communicates a penetrating sweetness to the glance, the voice, the smile, the tears, to all one says, or does or writes." - Joseph Roux

"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." - Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu NULL

"A good deed is one that brings a smile of joy to the face of another." -

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

"It requires sixty-four facial muscles to frown and only fourteen to smile. So why overwork your face?" - Norman Vincent Peale

"The glory of Friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to ne when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The glory of Friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship. My friends have come unsought. The great God gave them to me." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A "yes you can do it" when things are tough." - Richard M. DeVos, Sr.

"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infintesimals of pleasant thought and feeling." -

"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions- the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling." -

"Your mindful breath and your smile will bring happiness to you and to those around you. Even if you spend a lot of money on gifts for everyone in your family, nothing you could buy them can give as much true happiness as your gift of awareness, breathing, and smiling, and these precious gifts cost nothing." - Thich Nhất Hanh

"Violence ever defeats its own ends. Where you cannot drive you can always persuade. A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you." - William Hazlitt

"In a Nutshell: Six Ways to Make People Like You – Principle 1: Become genuinely interested in other people. Principle 2: Smile. Principle 3: Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language. Principle 4: Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. Principle 5: Talk in terms of the other person’s interests. Principle 6: Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely. " - Dale Carnegie, originally spelled Dale Carnegey

"Every word of tongue is love telling a story to her own ears. Every thought in every mind, she whispers a secret to her own Self. Every vision in every eye, she knows her beauty to her own sight. Every smile on every face, she reveals her own joy for herself to enjoy. Love courses through everything, no, love is everything. How can you say, there is no love, when nothing but Love exists? All that you see has appeared because of Love. All shines from Love, all pulses from Love, all flows from Love - no, once again, all is Love." - Fakhr ad-din Iraqi

"No one is so completely disenchanted with the world, or knows it so thoroughly, or is so utterly disgusted with it, that when it begins to smile upon him he does not become partially reconciled to it. " -

"Thought has made me shameless. It does not matter at last at all if one is a little harsh or indelicate or ridiculous if that also is in the mystery of things. Behind everything I perceive the smile that makes all effort and discipline temporary, all the stress and pain of life endurable. In the last resort I do not care whether I am seated on a throne or drunk or dying in a gutter. I follow my leading. In the ultimate I know, though I cannot prove my knowledge in any way whatever, that everything is right and all things mine." - H. G. Wells, fully Herbert George Wells

"To be able to throw one's self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile - that is happiness." - Herman Hesse

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

"The test of character is: Do you have the courage to stand up for truth even though the heavens fall? Can you smile in trouble? Can you say "No" when evil tempts?" - Dada Vaswani, born Jashan Pahalraj Vaswani

"The past can be remembered with a smile or downcast eyes, with the difference being one's attitude." - Jason A. Merchey

"It would surprise any of us if we realized how much store we unconsciously set by beauty, and how little savour there would be left in life if it were withdrawn. It is the smile on the earth's face, open to all, and needs but the eyes to see, the mood to understand." - John Galsworthy

"You are always new. The last of your kisses was even the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest." - John Keats

"Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. " - John Ray or Wray

"Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat." - Julian Huxley, fully Sir Julian Sorell Huxley

"How frequently is the honesty and integrity of man disposed of by a smile or shrug! How many good and generous actions have been sunk into oblivion by a distrustful look, or stamped of proceeding from bad motives, by a mysterious and seasonable whisper!" - Lawrence Sterne, alternatively Laurence Sterne

"Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. " - Lawrence G. Lovasik

"The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercise. " - Leo Busacaglia

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death." - Leonardo da Vinci, fully Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

"Infinity is present in each part. A loving smile contains all art. The motes of starlight spark and dart. A grain of sand holds power and might." -

"The glance embroiders in joy, knits in pain, and sews in boredom. When indifferent, the eye takes stills, when interested, movies. Laughter is regional: a smile extends over the whole face." - Malcolm de Chazal

"Laughter is regional; a smile extends over the whole face. " - Malcolm de Chazal

"This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, somg go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And babve, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up becuase if you give up, you'll never find your soul mate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about." - Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Baker

"A smile is the universal welcome." - Max Eastman, fully Max Forrester Eastman

"If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers." - Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson

"Love lost is still love. It takes a different form, that’s all. You can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken, another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it. Life has to end. Love doesn’t." - Mitch Albom, fully Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom