One seems to believe almost all that they believe; and when they stop short and call it a Religion, and you pass on, and call it only a reminiscence of one, should you not part with the kiss of peace?
(Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. letter, Sept. 10, 1833, to John Stuart Mill. Letters of Thomas Carlyle (1923).
On the Unitarians, following a meeting with Ralph Waldo Emerson.)
Sunday night meant, in the dark, wintry, rainy Midlands ... anywhere where two creatures might stand and squeeze together and spoon.... Spooning was a fine art, whereas kissing and cuddling are calf-processes.
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Previously published in A Modern Lover (1934) Phoenix II (1968). Mr. Noon, ch. 2, Cambridge University Press (1984).)
Do me a favor, will you? Keep away from the windows. Somebody might ... blow you a kiss.
(A.I. (Albert Isaac) Bezzerides (b. 1908), U.S. screenwriter, and Robert Aldrich. Velda (Maxine Cooper), Kiss Me Deadly (1955).
Cautioning her boss, private detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker), to guard against being shot Based On The Novel By Mic.)
The best part of myself, that's what you are. Do you think I'm going to leave it to the vulgar pawing of a second-rate detective who thinks you're a "dame"? Do you think I could bear the thought of him holding you in his arms, kissing you, loving you?
(Jay Dratler, U.S. screenwriter, Samuel Hoffenstein (1889-1947), U.S. screenwriter, Betty Reinhardt, U.S. screenwriter, and Otto Preminger. Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), Laura (1944).
To Laura Hunt as he is about to shoot her.)