Kissing Poems, Quotes, & Trivia

The Kiss by Francesco Hayez


Kisses kept are wasted;
Love is to be tasted.
There are some you love, I know;
Be not loathe 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.
~ Edmund Vance Cooke

LE BAISER (The Kiss) by Rodin

Take, O Take Those Lips Away

Take, O take, those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn;
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn;
But my kisses bring again
Bring again;
Seals of love but sealed in vain,
Sealed in vain!
from "Measure for Measure"
William Shakespeare

The Kiss

To A Kiss

Humid seal of soft affections,
Tend'rest pledge of future bliss,
Dearest tie of young connections,
Love's first snow-drop, virgin kiss.
Speaking silence, dumb confession,
Passion's birth, and infants' play,
Dove-like fondness, chaste concession,
Glowing dawn of brighter day.
Sorrowing joy, adieu's last action,
Ling'ring lips, -- no more to join!
What words can ever speak affection
Thrilling and sincere as thine!
~ Robert Burns

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss

Soon, yes soon, we'll have our chance,
To embrace each other in love's dance.
A dance which I'll take her hand and show,
The love she's yet to know.
And yes, we'll know it with that kiss,
The first look of tender bliss.
The hug and warm embrace will say it all,
The fear and doubts we've had will fall,
Fall from the precipice into the abyss,
With that first sweet tender kiss.
~P. Bere

The Kiss

Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score;
Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on,
To make that thousand up a million;
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let's kisse afresh, as when we first begun.
~Robert Herrick

~ Kissing Quotes ~

For twas not into my ear you whispered
But into my heart.
Twas not my lips you kissed
But my soul.
~ Judy Garland

You should be kissed and often and by someone who knows how.
~ Rhett Butler, "Gone With the Wind"

When you kiss me without uttering a single word you speak to my soul.
~ Author Unknown

Kissing is like drinking salted water, you drink, and your thirst increases.
~ Chinese Proverb

Life, the gift of nature
Love, the gift of life
A Kiss, the gift of Love
~ Author Unknown

Women still remember the first kiss after men have forgotten the last.
~ Remy de Gourmont

Kisses that are easily obtained are easily forgotten.
~ English Proverb

A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.
~ Rupert Brooke

The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze.
~ Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

The kiss, a sweet discovery of oneself after a long search.
~ Author Unknown

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech
when words become superfluous.
~ Ingrid Bergman

What is a kiss? Why this, as some approve:
the sure, sweet cement, glue, and lime of love.
~ Robert Herrick

You have to kiss an awful lot of frogs before you find a prince.
~ Graffito

A man snatches the first kiss, pleads for the second, demands the third, takes the fourth, accepts the fifth---and endures all the rest.
~ Helen Rowland

What lies lurk in kisses.
~ Heinrich Heine

For though I know he loves me
Tonight my heart is sad
His kiss was not so wonderful
As all the dreams I had.
~ Sara Teasdale

If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.
~ Thomas Carlyle

"Where should one use perfume?" a young woman asked.
"Wherever one wants to be kissed," I said.
~ Coco Chanel

Once he drew
With one long kiss my whole soul thro'
My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
~ Alfred Tennyson

The pools of art and memory keep
Reflections of our fallen towers
And every princess there asleep,
Whom once we kissed, is always ours.
~ Emily Beatrix Jones

Kiss: The anatomical juxtaposition of two orbicularis oris muscles in a state of contraction.
~ Henry Gibbons

Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together
that they can't see anything wrong with each other.
~ Rene Yasenek

"Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity...
~ I Peter 5:14 KJV The Bible

~ Kissing Trivia ~

The German language contains 30 words that refer to the act of kissing. There is even a word, Nachkuss, for all the kisses that haven't yet been named.

Dr. Joyce Brothers reports that before marriage the average American woman has kissed 79 men.

The longest kiss listed in the Guinness Book of World Records lasted an incredible 417 hours.

Husbands who kiss their wives before leaving home in the morning have been documented to live five years longer than those who do not.

Blowing kisses originated in Mesopotamia around 3000 B.C. when pious pagans would throw kisses to their gods.

It is widely believed that social kissing was invented by medieval knights as a way to determine whether their wives had been hitting the bottle while the knights were away on crusades.

In medieval Italy kisses weren't taken -- or given -- lightly. If a man and a woman were seen embracing in public they could be forced to marry. Whereas we worry about what tungsten wedding bands or engagement rings to buy, people back in this time could be forced to take a husband or wife they didn't want to marry.

During the Middle Ages, the wedding kiss wasn't pure romance. Law stated that if the bride or the groom died before the kiss, every wedding gift had to be given back. If the couple lived through it, the presents were theirs to keep.