Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Smile

Nothing on earth can smile but man! Gems may flash reflected light, but what is a diamond-flash compared with an eye-flash and a mirth-flash? Flowers cannot smile; this is a charm that even they cannot claim. It is the prerogative of man; it is the color which love wears, and cheerfulness, and joy-these three. It is a light in the windows of the face, by which the heart signifies it is at home and waiting. A face that cannot smile is like a bud that cannot blossom and dries up on the stalk. Laughter is day, and sobriety is night, and a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both-more bewitching than either.

 -Henry Beecher

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