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In Celebration of Love’s Greatest Gift: The Kiss

kissing, quotes about kissing

In celebration of the kiss.

I remember scrolling through OK Cupid one time, looking at the matches I had been sent by the Staff Robot at The Internet’s Greatest Online Dating Site, and I came across the profile of a man who said he was hoping to find someone who agreed that “kissing is still the best part” of finding your way to love. I never contacted him or anything (Or did I? Who knows. I probably did.), but I never forgot that line in his bio, because he is totally right. Kissing is the best part – of everything, really.

I’ve shared a lot of earth-shattering kisses in my day, and even though the best kissers tend to be the worst partners, I still cherish every smooch and smack laid on me by every charmer I’ve tangled with. I’ve been intoxicated by kisses, so much so that the marks of certain encounters implanted themselves in my DNA. I can recall the exact sensations of a few of them, the sights and sounds and smells and tastes. I remember some sad kisses and some hopeful kisses, and some desperate ones, too. The memory of a good kiss can last for a lifetime, because the best kisses are soul stirring and leave you somehow changed, as if an electrode of bliss blew a fuse inside your heart.

In celebration of love’s greatest gift, here are 25 incredible quotes about kissing. Most are from books, but some are from films and even a few of my friends. They all capture the rapture and delight brought on by a world-class kiss:


  • 12 or 80 1 of 25
    12 or 80
    "The tense and nervous moment right before the first kiss with someone you are crazy about is perhaps one of the more thrilling things in life. It gives us hope and it may be one of the only times we can say we are truly in the moment. You could be 12 or 80 and it is still like getting on the cyclone." - Jenny Rubin
  • Brutal and Brilliant 2 of 25
    Brutal and Brilliant
    "I said he kissed me. Really kissed me. It rocked me to my soul. It was brutal. It was brilliant. It was horrible. I thought I was going to die." - Margaret Way, Gennis Dilemma
  • First Kiss 3 of 25
    First Kiss
    "Gee, my first kiss and I get an award!" - Anna Chlumsky, MTV movie awards acceptance speech, Best Kiss for "My Girl"
  • Important 4 of 25
    Important
    "I love kissing. I love making out. If it's good, I never want it to stop. I find it to be more personal, more intimate than sex. Kissing is way more important to me than anything else in a relationship and, unfortunately, it's the first thing that always ends up becoming pedantic." - Kate Currier
  • End of an Era 5 of 25
    End of an Era
    "He kissed me hard and I kissed him back harder, like it was the end of an era that had lasted all of my life." - Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • You Should Be Kissed 6 of 25
    You Should Be Kissed
    "You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how." - Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
  • Kind Kiss 7 of 25
    Kind Kiss
    "I can express no kinder sign of love, than this kind kiss." - William Shakespeare, King Henry VI
  • Intentions 8 of 25
    Intentions
    "You intend to kiss me and yet you are going to all this damn trouble about it." - William Faulkner
  • Found 9 of 25
    Found
    "I've heard people say that they lose themselves in a kiss. But in that moment, it was the opposite for me. I felt like I found myself. Not how I wished I was, or who I was afraid I was becoming, but who I really was." - Jon Skovron, Struts & Frets
  • Throwaway Kiss 10 of 25
    Throwaway Kiss
    "People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy." - Bob Hope
  • Divine 11 of 25
    Divine
    "I think kissing is what separates us from the animals and makes us divine." - Robert Goolrick, The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life
  • Wonderful 12 of 25
    Wonderful
    "It wasn't that long, and it certainly wasn't the kind of kiss you see in movies these days, but it was wonderful in its own way, and all I can remember about the moment is that when our lips touched, I knew the memory would last forever." - Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember
  • Unhinged 13 of 25
    Unhinged
    "The kiss. Oh, the kiss. What a perfect, unnerving, luscious kiss. He made me feel unhinged . . . like he could take me apart and put me back together again and again." - Chelsie Shakespeare, The Pull
  • Unruffled 14 of 25
    Unruffled
    "Why do you want me to kiss you?" he asked intently. "Do you just go round kissing people?" "Why, yes," admitted Marcia, unruffled. "At's all life is. Just going around kissing people." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Anticipation 15 of 25
    Anticipation
    "He wanted to draw out the moment before the moment- because as good as kissing feels, nothing feels as good as the anticipation of it." - John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
  • Delicious 16 of 25
    Delicious
    "Kissing - and I mean like, yummy, smacking kissing - is the most delicious, most beautiful and passionate thing that two people can do, bar none. Better than sex, hands down." - Drew Barrymore
  • Impossible Dreams 17 of 25
    Impossible Dreams
    "This was the kiss I had waited for so long - a kiss born by the river of our childhood, when we didn't yet know what love meant. A kiss that had been suspended in the air as we grew, that had traveled in the world in the souvenir of a medal, and that had remained hidden behind piles of books. A kiss that had been lost and now was found. In the moment of that kiss were years of searching, disillusionment and impossible dreams." - Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
  • Softer Than Sound 18 of 25
    Softer Than Sound
    "Her lips touched his brain as they touched his lips, as though they were a vehicle of some vague speech and between them he felt an unknown and timid preasure, darker than the swoon of sin, softer than sound or odor." - James Joyce
  • Mud-covered 19 of 25
    Mud-covered
    "Then he kissed her, not just a brush of lips as she'd done, but a kiss that scalded her tongue. The tree burst into full blooms. The garden fluttered around her. A riot of flowers shot out of the earth. She was mud-covered as he pulled back." - Melissa Marr, Fragile Eternity
  • Won’t You? 20 of 25
    Won't You?
    "Kiss me, won't you kiss me now? And sleep I would inside your mouth." - Dave Matthews, Lover Lay Down
  • Naked 21 of 25
    Naked
    "Don't kiss in public, unless it's midnight and you're both wearing black so nobody can see you're naked.
" - Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title
  • Make the First Move 22 of 25
    Make the First Move
    "Ergo: girls should always make the first move, because (a) they are, on the whole, less likely to be rejected than guys, (b) that way, girls will never get kissed unless they want to be kissed." - John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
  • Time to Teach 23 of 25
    Time to Teach
    "I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them." - Mae West
  • Trembling 24 of 25
    Trembling
    "The first time ever I kissed your mouth/I felt the earth move in my hands/Like the trembling heart of a captive bird/That was then at my command/My love" - Roberta Flack
  • Sweet Slow Dances 25 of 25
    Sweet Slow Dances
    "Oh, those warm days of stumbling words; blinded eyes, embracing in sweet slow dances and sipping courage from a bottle for sneaking kisses." - Kellie Elmore, Magic in the Backyard

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