Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
Christina Rossetti 1830-94 “Remember”
Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) 1862-1910 ‘Four Million’ (1906) ‘Gift of the Magi’
He gave her a bright fake smile; so much of life was a putting-off of unhappiness for another time. Nothing was ever lost by delay.
Graham Greene 1904-91 ‘The Heart of the Matter’ (1948) bk. 1, pt. 1, ch. 1
But transient is the smile of fate:
A little rule, a little sway,
A sunbeam in a winter’s day,
Is all the proud and mighty have
Between the cradle and the grave.
John Dyer 1699-1757 ‘Grongar Hill’ (1726) l. 88
Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles awake you when you rise:
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby:
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.
Thomas Dekker 1570-1641 ‘Patient Grissil’ (1603) act 4, sc. 2
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 1880-1951 ‘Pack up your Troubles’ (1915 song)
My first experiences of academic friendship made me smile in after years when I looked back on them. But my circle of acquaintances had gradually grown so large that it was only natural new friendships should grow out of it.
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.
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.
Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
A smile confuses an approaching frown.
Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world.
Lawrence G. Lovasik