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Quotes About Charm

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F. Scott Fitzgerald
“When a girl feels that she’s perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget that part of her. That’s charm”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Short Stories

Kurt Vonnegut
“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

Leo Tolstoy
“All the diversity, all the charm, and all the beauty of life are made up of light and shade.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“Charm is the ability to insult people without offending them; nerdiness the reverse”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Suzanne Collins
“Peeta actually is charming and then utterly winning as the boy in love. And there I am, blushing and confused, made beautiful by Cinna’s hands, desirable by Peeta’s confession, tragic by circumstance, and by all accounts, unforgettable.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Oscar Wilde
“But youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Kaitlin Bevis
“Charm me into giving you the red M&Ms. They’re my favorite.'
I looked Hades in the eyes. 'Give me the red M&Ms.'
'Still not good enough.'
'Give me the damn M&Ms,"'I snapped.
He snickered. 'That wasn’t very charming.”
Kaitlin Bevis, Persephone

Dean Koontz
“You can con God and get away with it, Granny said, if you do so with charm and wit. If you live your life with imagination and verve, God will play along just to see what outrageously entertaining thing you'll do next.”
Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

Ashly Lorenzana
“The easiest way to gain someone's trust is to deserve it. This should be pretty easy, assuming you're just being you and being real. Minimal effort too.”
Ashly Lorenzana

Gail Carson Levine
“He put his hand on my waist, and my heart began to pound, a rougher rhythm than the music. I held my skirt. Our free hands met. His felt warm and comforting and unsettling and bewildering--all at once.”
Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

Sarah Dessen
“Sometimes, you get things right the first time. Others, the second. But the third time, they say, is the charm.”
Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

P.D. James
“Charm is often despised but I can never see why. No one has it who isn't capable of genuinely liking others, at least at the actual moment of meeting and speaking. Charm is always genuine; it may be superficial but it isn't false.”
P.D. James, The Children of Men

Gail Carson Levine
“Would you favor me with a dance?" Over all the others I was his choice! I curtsied, and he took my hand. Our hands knew each other. Char looked at me, startled. "Have we met before, Lady?”
Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

Criss Jami
“Ultimate prosperity is one's value within. It takes a man of depth, morality, and charm to be envied yet without a sign of wealth or romance. A passion to prove such inner worth is his permission to achieve whatever he desires.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Christopher Hitchens
“Very often the test of one's allegiance to a cause or to a people is precisely the willingness to stay the course when things are boring, to run the risk of repeating an old argument just one more time, or of going one more round with a hostile or (much worse) indifferent audience. I first became involved with the Czech opposition in 1968 when it was an intoxicating and celebrated cause. Then, during the depressing 1970s and 1980s I was a member of a routine committee that tried with limited success to help the reduced forces of Czech dissent to stay nourished (and published). The most pregnant moment of that commitment was one that I managed to miss at the time: I passed an afternoon with Zdenek Mlynar, exiled former secretary of the Czech Communist Party, who in the bleak early 1950s in Moscow had formed a friendship with a young Russian militant with an evident sense of irony named Mikhail Sergeyevitch Gorbachev. In 1988 I was arrested in Prague for attending a meeting of one of Vaclav Havel's 'Charter 77' committees. That outwardly exciting experience was interesting precisely because of its almost Zen-like tedium. I had gone to Prague determined to be the first visiting writer not to make use of the name Franz Kafka, but the numbing bureaucracy got the better of me. When I asked why I was being detained, I was told that I had no need to know the reason! Totalitarianism is itself a cliché (as well as a tundra of pulverizing boredom) and it forced the cliché upon me in turn. I did have to mention Kafka in my eventual story. The regime fell not very much later, as I had slightly foreseen in that same piece that it would. (I had happened to notice that the young Czechs arrested with us were not at all frightened by the police, as their older mentors had been and still were, and also that the police themselves were almost fatigued by their job. This was totalitarianism practically yawning itself to death.) A couple of years after that I was overcome to be invited to an official reception in Prague, to thank those who had been consistent friends through the stultifying years of what 'The Party' had so perfectly termed 'normalization.' As with my tiny moment with Nelson Mandela, a whole historic stretch of nothingness and depression, combined with the long and deep insult of having to be pushed around by boring and mediocre people, could be at least partially canceled and annealed by one flash of humor and charm and generosity.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Oscar Wilde
“It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.”
Oscar Wilde

Jane Austen
“At first sight, his address is certainly not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his countenance, is perceived.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Coco J. Ginger
“He’s an indulgent sort of man……

With a quick lip and a fierce tongue, the sort of tongue that draws you in with charm and words of praise, awkward silences and desperate worships.”
Coco J. Ginger

Thomas Hardy
“He's charmed by her as if she were some fairy!" continued Arabella. "See how he looks round at her, and lets his eyes rest on her. I am inclined to think that she don't care for him quite so much as he does for her. She's not a particular warm-hearted creature to my thinking, though she cares for him pretty middling much-- as much as she's able to; and he could make her heart ache a bit if he liked to try--which he's too simple to do.”
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

Alexandre Dumas-fils
“Her delight in the smallest things was like that of a child. There were days when she ran in the garden, like a child of ten, after a butterfly or a dragon-fly. This courtesan who had cost more money in bouquets than would have kept a whole family in comfort, would sometimes sit on the grass for an hour, examining the simple flower whose name she bore.”
Alexandre Dumas-fils, La Dame aux Camélias

Francesca Lia Block
“She went out in the city with its lights like a radioactive phosphorescence, wandered through galleries where the high-priced art on the walls was the same as the graffiti scrawled outside by taggers who were arrested or killed for it, went to parties in hotel rooms where white-skinned, lingerie-clad rock stars had been staying the night their husbands shot themselves in the head, listened to music in nightclubs where stunning boyish actors had OD'd on the pavement.”
Francesca Lia Block, The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold
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Richard Avedon
“i think charm is the ability to be truly interested in other people”
Richard Avedon
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Connie Brockway
“Charm is getting people to say "yes" without ever having to ask them a question.”
Connie Brockway, The Bridal Season
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Richelle E. Goodrich
“I'm not saying that I think one man is better than the other. I'm not saying that either is kinder or wiser or more ambitious, more thoughtful, confident, or able. But the fact is that when I'm with the one, comfort settles into my bones. I feel calm around him, as if the sun is smiling down on me and the world has suddenly become a sweet, safe place to be. I feel good about life―about myself. And it's hard not to want to be near someone who, just by their very nature, makes you feel that way.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

Guillaume Musso
“Even when apologising, this guy turns on the charm. And the worst thing is that it works.
She had reached a point in her life where she no longer expected anything from men, though that didn't stop her from falling in love with them.”
Guillaume Musso, Seras-tu là?

Jarod Kintz
“I admire from a distance. Too close and the flaws form a craterous landscape and the charm is lost. Who do you think I am, Neil Armstrong?”
Jarod Kintz, The Titanic would never have sunk if it were made out of a sink.

Emily Brontë
“Is she sane?’ asked Mrs. Linton, appealing to me. ‘I’ll repeat our conversation, word for word, Isabella; and you point out any charm it could have had for you.”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Oscar Wilde
“She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness. It is the feet of clay that make the gold of the image precious.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

John Fowles
“He had the charm of all people who believe implicitly in themselves, that of integration.”
John Fowles, The Magus

Dru Pagliassotti
“Icarus."
"Hmm?"
"I don't have a hidden agenda. Nor do I intend to use you or mislead you with my charm."
Despite herself, she smiled, glancing at him. His face was studiously neutral.
"The day you act charming, I'll know something is wrong.”
Dru Pagliassotti, Clockwork Heart

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