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Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without ever having asked a clear question.


All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.

CYRIL CONNOLLY, Enemies of Promise

Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them.

LOGAN PEARSALL SMITH, "Other People," Afterthoughts

Charm: the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.

HENRI-FRÉDÉRIC AMIEL, Journal intime, 1883

Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of charm.

CYRIL CONNOLLY, The Condemned Playground

Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.

HAVELOCK ELLIS, as quoted in the Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

You must have this charm to reach the pinnacle. It is made of everything and of nothing, the striving will, the look, the walk, the proportions of the body, the sound of the voice, the ease of the gestures. It is not at all necessary to be handsome or to be pretty; all that is needful is charm.

SARAH BERNHARDT, The Art of the Theatre

Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the charmer had in mind.

KURT VONNEGUT, Breakfast of Champions

Charm ... is the dead green bug on the golden leaf of occasion.

DONALD BARTHELME, "Parachutes in the Trees"

All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.

OSCAR WILDE, The Portrait of Mr. W.H.

There's nothing more dangerous than a boy with charm.


Charming villains have always had a decided social advantage over well-meaning people who chew with their mouths open.

JUDITH MARTIN, Common Courtesy

Charm is to a woman what perfume is to a flower.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

All Objects lose by too familiar View,
When that great Charm is gone of being New.

JOHN DRYDEN, The Conquest of Granada

There are charms made only for distant admiration.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets

It's [charm] a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it, you don't need to have anything else; and if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have.

J. M. BARRIE, What Every Woman Knows

If you look up "charming" in the dictionary, you'll see that it not only has references to strong attraction, but to spells and magic. Then again, what are liars if not great magicians?

DEB CALETTI, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

As charms are nonsense, nonsense is a charm.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac

Charm is a kind of margin to the human personality.

PIUS OJARA, Toward a Fuller Human Identity

A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.

ADLAI STEVENSON, The Stevenson Wit

The deepest craving of human nature is the need to feel valued and valuable. The secret of charm is therefore simple: make others feel important.

BRIAN TRACY & RON ARDEN, The Power of Charm: How to Win Anyone Over in Any Situation

Charming women can true converts make.
We love the precepts for the teacher's sake.

GEORGE FARQUHAR, The Constant Couple

Oozing charm from every pore,
He oiled his way around the floor.

ALAN JAY LERNER, "You Did It," My Fair Lady

A woman is always ready to describe another woman as charming, but only if the other woman is not charming.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

Charm is a matter of study. This easily mastered Course shows any ambitious woman how to awaken the slumbering magnetism within her and how to develop this irresistible power. You can be the woman you yearn to be--if you know what Charm is and how to attain it.

ANONYMOUS, American Cultural Society advertisement, The Drama Magazine, Feb. 1922

There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.

HENRY VAN DYKE, attributed, New Outlook, 1957

Charm is captivating. Just as the petals of a flower unfold and open to the warmth and light of the sun, so do we unfold and open to the enchantment of charm. Charm acts as the Great Attractor, drawing us toward its magnetic source.

THOKOZA, attributed, The Power of Charm

Charm is the mirror image of obnoxiousness, which consists of being boastful, clueless, ham-handedly insulting, and often hysterical.

NICK CASANOVA, The Machiavellian's Guide to Charm

When a girl ceases to blush, she has lost the most powerful charm of her beauty.

JOHN GREGORY, Letters on the Improvement of the Mind

Charm is the difference between a rote recitation of "God bless you" when someone sneezes, and a genuine interest in the person's health.

MICHAEL LEVINE, Charming Your Way to the Top

Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others.

JOHN MASON BROWN, Vogue, Nov. 15, 1956

We are all born charming, frank and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.

JUDITH MARTIN, Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan

A really plain woman is one who, however beautiful, neglects to charm.

EDGAR SALTUS, The Pomps of Satan

Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying.

JEFF LINDSAY, Darkly Dreaming Dexter


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