touch with the lips, usually to express love or affection, or as a greeting
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Kissing is the touch or pressing of one's lips against another person or an object. It has a variety of cultural uses and connotations, from friendly greeting to expression of passion. The scientific name for kissing is osculation.

A mother kisses her child


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.
  • יִשָּׁקֵנִי מִנְּשִׁיקֹות פִּיהוּ כִּי־טֹובִים דֹּדֶיךָ מִיָּיִן.
    • [Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.]
    • Song of Songs 1:2
  • And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, “Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.” And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, “Master, master”, and kissed him.
  • But Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
  • Εἴ σε φιλῶν ἀδικῶ καὶ τοῦτο δοκεῖς ὕβριν εἶναι,
    τὴν αὐτὴν κόλασιν καὶ σὺ φίλει με λαβών.
    • [If I do you a wrong by kissing you, and you think this an injury,
      kiss me too, inflicting the same on me as a punishment.]
    • Anthologia Græca, XII.188
  • She said out of pity for him, "I shall give you a kiss if you like," but though he once knew, he had long forgotten what kisses are, and he replied, "Thank you," and held out his hand, thinking she had offered to put something into it. This was a great shock to her, but she felt she could not explain without shaming him, so with charming delicacy she gave Peter a thimble which happened to be in her pocket, and pretended that it was a kiss.
  • KISS, n. A word invented by the poets as a rhyme for "bliss." It is supposed to signify, in a general way, some kind of rite or ceremony appertaining to a good understanding; but the manner of its performance is unknown to this lexicographer.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
  • 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.
  • Four sweet lips, two pure souls, and one undying affection,—these are love's pretty ingredients for a kiss.
  • When age chills the blood, when our pleasures are past—
    For years fleet away with the wings of the dove—
    The dearest remembrance will still be the last,
    Our sweetest memorial the first kiss of love.
  • Well, I'm already going to Hell for kissing you, so I may as well take the scenic route.
  • True love cannot be changed,
    Though delight from desert
    Be estranged.
    Farewell, farewell
    But yet or ere I part (O cruel),
    Kiss me sweet, kiss me sweet my jewel.
    • John Dowland, "Wilt thou unkind thus reave me of my heart", line 25, The First Book of Songs (1597).
  • Come again: sweet love doth now invite,
    Thy graces that refrain,
    To do me due delight,
    To see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die,
    With thee again in sweetest sympathy.
  • It was thy kiss, Love, that made me immortal.
  • A kiss is a contact, a union, an exchange. It is unknown to certain races and tribes, while others know it and consider it with disgust. They all suffer a loss. A kiss can be a cold formula, or a token of familial relationship or a prelude to the act of love. It can also be a revelation in an unspoken, secret language of feelings that have never been expressed in words.
  • What is a kiss? Why this, as some approve:
    The sure, sweet cement, glue, and lime of love.
  • 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.
  • Rhett Butler: Open your eyes and look at me. No, I don't think I will kiss you — although you need kissing badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how.
  • 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., The Professor at the Breakfast Table (1859), Chapter XI, first published in The Atlantic Monthly (May 1859)
  • You must remember this
    A kiss is just a kiss
    A sigh is just a sigh
    The fundamental things apply
    As time goes by.
  • You are always new. The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest.
  • A slice of pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.
  • What was our parting ?—one wild kiss,
    How wild I may not say,
    One long and breathless clasp, and then
    As life were past away.
    • Letitia Elizabeth Landon, The London Literary Gazette (29th March 1823), 'Song - What was our parting ?—one wild kiss,'
  • A kiss may not be the truth, but it is what we wish were true.
  • I’ve touched some sentences
    and have kissed some words.
  • Kissing is disgusting, but in a nice way, like bleu cheese or brandy.
    • the character Zorya Polunochnaya, the Midnight Star, in the speculative fiction television series American Gods (first season, 2017)
  • Thy tender kiss hath memory we are kings
    For all our wanderings.
    Thy shining eyes already see the after
    In hidden light and laughter.
  • I kissed thee ere I killed thee, no way but this,
    Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
  • When I saw you, I was afraid of meeting you.
    When I met you, I was afraid of kissing you.
    When I kissed you, I was afraid to love you.
    Now that I love you, I'm afraid of losing you.
    • Silard Somorjay, in "The Voice Of Love" on The Streets of Beijing movie soundtrack, Video Art Beijing.
  • Leonard: Hello Leslie.
    Leslie: Hi Leonard.
    Leonard: I'd like to propose an experiment…
    Leslie: Goggles, Leonard.
    Leonard: Right. I would like to propose an experiment.
    Leslie: Hang on. I'm trying to see how long it takes a 500-kilowatt oxygen iodine laser to heat up my Cup o' Noodles.
    Leonard: I've done it. About two seconds, 2.6 for minestrone. Anyway, I was thinking more of a bio-social exploration with a neuro-chemical overlay.
    Leslie: Wait, are you asking me out?
    Leonard: I was going to characterize it as the modification of our colleague-slash-friendship paradigm with the addition of a date-like component, but we don't need to quibble over terminology.
    Leslie: What sort of experiment?
    Leonard: There's a generally accepted pattern in this area. I would pick you up. Take you to a restaurant. Then we would see a movie, probably a romantic comedy featuring the talents of Hugh Grant or Sandra Bullock.
    Leslie: Interesting. And would you agree that the primary way we would evaluate either the success or failure of the date would be based on the biochemical reaction during the good night kiss?
    Leonard: Heart rate, pheromones, et cetera. Yes.
    Leslie: Why don't we just stipulate that the date goes well and move to the key variable?
    Leonard: You mean kiss you now?
    Leslie: Yes.
    Leonard: Can you define the parameters of the kiss?
    Leslie: Closed-mouth but romantic. Mint?
  • Time found our tired love sleeping,
    And kissed away his breath;
    But what should we do weeping,
    Though light love sleep to death?
    We have drained his lips at leisure,
    Till there's not left to drain
    A single sob of pleasure,
    A single pulse of pain.
  • Sweet, can I sing you the song of your kisses?
    How soft is this one, how subtle this is,
    How fluttering swift as a bird's kiss that is,
    As a bird that taps at a leafy lattice;
    How this one clings and how that uncloses
    From bud to flower in the way of roses.
  • For tho' I know he loves me,
          To-night my heart is sad;
    His kiss was not so wonderful
          As all the dreams I had.
  • Marcia: Doug! I think I just felt your tongue in my mouth.
    Doug: It's called a French kiss.
    Marcia: But I thought you were from Nebraska!
  • If you can kiss the mistress, never kiss the maid.
    • Anonymous proverb, collected in A Hand-book of Proverbs: Comprising an Entire Republication of Ray's Collection of English Proverbs, with His Additions from Foreign Languages (1899) by John Ray, further edited by Henry George Bohn, p. 420.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 416-19.
  • Blush, happy maiden, when you feel
    The lips which press love's glowing seal;
    But as the slow years darklier roll,
    Grown wiser, the experienced soul
    Will own as dearer far than they
    The lips which kiss the tears away.
  • But is there nothing else,
    That we may do but only walk? Methinks,
    Brothers and sisters lawfully may kiss.
  • Kiss till the cows come home.
  • Remember the Viper:—'twas close at your feet,
    How you started and threw yourself into my arms;
    Not a strawberry there was so ripe nor so sweet
    As the lips which I kiss'd to subdue your alarms.
  • * * * And when my lips meet thine
    Thy very soul is wedded unto mine.
  • I was betrothed that day;
    I wore a troth kiss on my lips I could not give away.
  • First time he kiss'd me, he but only kiss'd
    The fingers of this hand wherewith I write;
    And ever since it grew more clean and white.
  • Something made of nothing, tasting very sweet,
    A most delicious compound, with ingredients complete;
    But if as on occasion the heart and mind are sour,
    It has no great significance, it loses half its power.
  • Comin' through the rye, poor body,
    Comin' through the rye,
    She draigl't a' her petticoatie,
    Comin' through the rye
    * * * *
    Gin a body meet a body
    Comin' through the rye,
    Gin a body kiss a body
    Need a body cry?
    • Robert Burns; Taken from an old song, The Bobtailed Lass. Found in Ane Pleasant Garden of Sweet-scented Flowers. Also in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, in the British Museum, Volume V, p. 430. Ed. 1787. While it seems evident that the river Rye is referred to, the Editor of the Scottish American decides it is a field of grain that is meant, not the river.
  • Jenny, she's aw weet, peer body,
    Jenny's like to cry;
    For she hes weet her petticoats
    In gangin' thro' the rye,
    Peer body.
    • Said to be the joint production of Miss Blamire and Miss Gilpin, before 1794.
  • Come, lay thy head upon my breast,
    And I will kiss thee into rest.
    • Lord Byron, The Bride of Abydos (1813), Canto I, Stanza 11.
  • A long, long kiss, a kiss of youth, and love.
  • Kisses kept are wasted;
    Love is to be tasted.
    There are some you love, I know;
    Be not loath to tell them so.
    Lips go dry and eyes grow wet
    Waiting to be warmly met,
    Keep them not in waiting yet;
    Kisses kept are wasted.
  • If a body meet a body going to the Fair,
    If a body kiss a body need a body care?
  • Kisses honeyed by oblivion.
    • George Eliot, The Spanish Gypsy (1868), Book III, line 251 from the end of the book.
  • Tell me who first did kisses suggest?
    It was a mouth all glowing and blest;
    It kissed and it thought of nothing beside.
    The fair month of May was then in its pride,
    The flowers were all from the earth fast springing,
    The sun was laughing, the birds were singing.
    • Heinrich Heine, Book of Songs, New Spring, Prologue, No. 25, Stanza 2.
  • Then press my lips, where plays a flame of bliss,—
    A pure and holy love-light,—and forsake
    The angel for the woman in a kiss,
    At once I wis,
    My soul will wake!
  • Jenny kissed me when we met,
    Jumping from the chair she sat in;
    Time, you thief, who love to get
    Sweets into your list, put that in.
    Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,
    Say that health and wealth have missed me;
    Say I'm growing old, but add
    Jenny kissed me.
    • Leigh Hunt, Jenny Kissed Me ("Jenny" was Mrs. Carlyle).
  • Drink to me only with thine eyes
    And I'll not ask for wine
    Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
    And I will pledge with mine.
  • A soft lip,
    Would tempt you to eternity of kissing!
  • Favouritism governed kissage,
    Even as it does in this age.
  • My lips the sextons are
    Of thy slain kisses.
  • When she kissed me once in play,
    Rubies were less bright than they;
    And less bright were those which shone
    In the palace of the Sun.
    Will they be as bright again?
    Not if kiss'd by other men.
  • What is a kiss? Alacke! at worst,
    A single Dropp to quenche a Thirst,
    Tho' oft it prooves, in happie Hour,
    The first swete Dropp of our long Showre.
  • Says he—"I'd better call agin;"
    Says she—"Think likely, Mister!"
    Thet last word pricked him like a pin,
    An'—Wal, he up an' kist her.
  • Why do I not kiss you, Philænis? you are bald. Why do I not kiss you, Philænis? you are carrotty. Why do I not kiss you, Philænis? you are one-eyed. He who kisses you, Philænis, sins against nature.
    • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book II, Epigram 33.
  • I throw a kiss across the sea,
    I drink the winds as drinking wine,
    And dream they all are blown from thee,
    I catch the whisper'd kiss of thine.
  • I rest content; I kiss your eyes,
    I kiss your hair in my delight:
    I kiss my hand and say "Good-night."
    • Joaquin Miller, Songs of the Sun-Lands. Isles of the Amazons, Part V. Introd. St.
  • One kiss the maiden gives, one last,
    Long kiss, which she expires in giving.
  • Kiss—kiss—thou hast won me,
    Bright, beautiful sin.
  • How should great Jove himself do else than miss
    To win the woman he forgets to kiss.
  • Drink to me with thine eyes alone; or if thou wilt, having put it to thy lips, fill the cup with kisses, and so give it me.
  • A kiss, when all is said, what is it?
    … a rosy dot
    Placed on the "i" in loving; 'tis a secret
    Told to the mouth instead of to the ear.
  • Young gentlemen, pray recollect, if you please,
    Not to make appointments near mulberry trees.
    Should your mistress be missing, it shows a weak head
    To be stabbing yourself, till you know she is dead.
    Young ladies, you should not go strolling about
    When your ancient mammas don't know you are out;
    And remember that accidents often befall
    From kissing young fellows through holes in the wall!
  • Give me kisses! Nay, 'tis true
    I am just as rich as you;
    And for every kiss I owe,
    I can pay you back, you know.
    Kiss me, then,
    Every moment—and again.
  • Thou knowest the maiden who ventures to kiss a sleeping man, wins of him a pair of gloves.
  • Yet whoop, Jack! kiss Gillian the quicker,
    Till she bloom like a rose, and a fig for the vicar!
  • O, a kiss,
    Long as my exile, sweet as my revenge!
    Now, by the jealous queen of heaven, that kiss
    I carried from thee, dear.
  • Or ere I could
    Give him that parting kiss, which I had set
    Betwixt two charming words, comes in my father
    And like the tyrannous breathing of the north
    Shakes all our buds from growing.
  • It is not a fashion for the maids in France to kiss before they are married.
  • Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss,
    As seal to this indenture of my love.
  • Take, O take those lips away,
    That so sweetly were foresworn;
    And those eyes, the break of day,
    Lights that do mislead the morn;
    But my kisses bring again,
    Seals of love, but sealed in vain.
    • William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure (1603), Act IV, scene 1, line 1. This stanza, with an additional one, is found in Beaumont and Fletcher's Rollo, Act V. 2. Possibly a ballad current in Shakespeare's time. Malone and other editors claim it is by Shakespeare.
  • Teach not thy lips such scorn; for they were made
    For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
  • Their lips were four red roses on a stalk,
    Which in their summer beauty kiss'd each other.
  • And steal immortal blessing from her lips;
    Who, even in pure and vestal modesty,
    Still blush, as thinking their own kisses sin.
  • This done, he took the bride about the neck
    And kiss'd her lips with such a clamorous smack
    That at the parting, all the church did echo.
  • Kiss me, so long but as a kiss may live;
    And in my heartless breast and burning brain
    That word, that kiss shall all thoughts else survive,
    With food of saddest memory kept alive.
  • As in the soft and sweet eclipse,
    When soul meets soul on lover's lips.
  • My lips till then had only known
    The kiss of mother and of sister,
    But somehow, full upon her own
    Sweet, rosy, darling mouth,—I kissed her.
  • My love and I for kisses played;
    She would keep stakes: I was content;
    But when I won she would be paid;
    This made me ask her what she meant.
    Pray, since I see (quoth she) "your wrangling vain,
    Take your own kisses; give me mine again."
    • Dr. William Strode, verses in Gentleman's Magazine, July, 1823. "Wrangling vayne," or "wrangle in vane." Also found in Dryden, Miscellany, poems published in 1716, with three lines added by Dryden.
  • Lord! I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
  • Once he drew
    With one long kiss my whole soul thro'
    My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
  • Girl, when he gives you kisses twain,
    Use one, and let the other stay;
    And hoard it, for moons may die, red fades,
    And you may need a kiss—some day.
  • Your kiss locates me and brings me to love, serving, praising, worshiping, glorifying, singing joy, rejoicing, do God's will and having Jesus Christ's Spirit, soul and strength.
    • Phemelo Maise

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