Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #84 --- The Smiles of Babies and Children

Quotations on Babies' and Children's Smiles

The smile of infancy is one of the brightest glimpses which earth is afforded of heaven, and its laugh, especially when seen as well as heard, is sweeter than all tunes, whether from voice or instrument.

---Bernard H. Nadal, The Evening Telegraph, Philadelphia, Pa., July 1, 1867.

Every smile you call to baby's face is a light from heaven itself.

‑‑‑Louisville Herald, Louisville, Ky., Jan. 1, 1906.

There is nothing more beautiful than the happy smile of a little child.

—Philip Mallory Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 21, 1948.

Heaven is mighty close to where babies smile.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., July 25, 1921.

The man who cannot see the kingdom of heaven in a little child's smile never sees it anywhere.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 18, 1933.

There is nothing more beautiful than the happy smile of a little child.

—Philip Mallory Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 21, 1948.

A smile from a child can put heart into a man.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 24, 1932.

The smile on a baby’s face is its way of showing gratitude.

---George Matthew Adams, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., June 5, 1937.

The reason that a baby's smile is beautiful is because it is sincere.

---Carey Williams, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, Dec. 1, 1957.

Happiness comes up smiling with every newborn child.

---Helen Rowland, New Orleans States, New Orleans, La., Feb. 13, 1928.

The laughter of a child is the melody of happiness.

—Phineas Tempest, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 1926.

A smile is worth a thousand criticisms in any home.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 10, 1929.

Learn to find pleasure in the company of little children and you will keep your faith in humanity.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Sept. 12, 1935.

We always get a glimpse of God when we look into the eyes of a little child.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 23, 1938.

He who loves not the sight of a happy child will never be at home in heaven.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 19, 1941.

You can always tell that a man is happy when he can play with children.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 25, 1939.

There is something in the laughter of a little child that is music to any mother.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 26, 1941.

Cheerfulness is the best furnishing one can provide for a home.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Oct. 27, 1938.

Little things amuse and please a child. Too bad grownups do not retain that buoyancy of youth which finds happiness in little things. Let us cultivate the spirit of seeing in small events the big things of life.

—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Aug. 29, 1925.

Smiles cut a beautiful pathway in life, and cement human hearts in friendship and love. Nothing on earth is quite as beautiful as a smile. Nothing on earth is more needed. If it would become our habit to awaken with a smile on our faces, and practice keeping that smile all day and take it to bed with us, we would be better off physically, mentally and spiritually. And nothing makes us more acceptable socially than the ability to smile. Everyone wants to be in the company of a man who smiles. Smiles would make our home life more beautiful. Unfortunately, we do not find enough good humor and love in the average home. Some wives who are kind to everyone else, will cut their husbands and children to ribbons with a slashing tongue. Perhaps they get into the habit gradually and do not realize how terrible they have become. But it ruins all hope of a peaceful home filled with love and laughter. Husbands sometimes develop a nasty disposition and are hard to live with. We ought to try to be nicer in the family circle than any place else. There at home we find security and peace and perhaps the only true love we ever know on earth. There is power in a smile. Begin today to test it out. We will be amazed how quickly we can win friends and influence people through just a smile.

---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Oct. 6, 1949.

A smile is a light in the window of the soul showing that friendship is at home. Try smiling when you are disappointed, glum or provoked. It will work an inner change in you and cause the things which tried you to appear in their true light. "A merry heart doeth like a good medicine." (Proverbs 17:22.) The sure sign of health and wisdom is a cheerful countenance. And in my opinion an ounce of cheerfulness is worth pounds of sadness in serving God. A smile will lighten sickness, remove the sting from poverty, convert ignorance into an amiable simplicity, and render deformity itself agreeable. It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and it’s the token of friendship. So smile! And remember all nationalities smile in the same language.

---Oliver G. Wilson, The Wesleyan Methodist, Syracuse, N.Y., Jan. 27, 1954.

The man or woman who knows how to use their smile is an artist. Sometimes it covers up a deep and lingering sorrow. Sometimes it completely buries a disappointment that has worked a great hole in one’s soul. But if it is genuine, you may put that man or woman down as one of the heroes of their time. Selfishness kills off more smiles than anything else. Interest in one’s own affairs, a desire to get ahead of the other fellow, and an abiding conceit that God has no place in the life of the successful is what does away with the smiles. If I were a doctor, the first thing I would do on entering a sick room would be to smile. How very hungry the world is for smiles! Smiles that tell, that enter—that MEAN something. How often have I seen a mother smile at her baby when it began to cry because of fear or some trivial hurt—and seen the smile duplicated on the face of a child. Smile-it-out is a good habit to form.

---George Matthew Adams, The Evening News, San Jose, Calif., Sept. 30, 1921.

True happiness consists in making others happy, in doing everything that is required of them as husbands, as wives, as fathers, as mothers, as citizens, and as men and women, with an eye single to the glory of God, to “mind your own business.”

—William Smith, The Prophet, New York, N.Y., Aug. 3, 1844.

Nothing is more cheering than starting the day right, and no better tonic can be had than a cheerful "good morning" as the day's work begins. ...

That ONE sentence‑‑those two words‑‑cannot be erased from the labors of the day. They are part of the day's program, and when troubles come and care weigh heavily on our shoulders, the fact that WE were greeted by SOMEONE with a cheerful greeting makes the burdens lighter and erases the furrows which Care writes on our browns.

Truly, we can ALL help make the day brighter by so helping each other. Let brother greet brother, sister greet sister, husband greet wife, and so interchange with the cordial greeting which means so much and costs so little. It is NOT being above the rank and file, but we have so little real kindness, so little real understanding of the fact that the LITTLE things are the things that really count in life, that we must not forget to greet EACH OTHER‑‑be it a friend or foe, with a cheerful greeting, and the Frown of Oppression and Worry will give way to the Smile of Contentment, and so we will be able to spread a most and infectious good by merely starting the day with a really honest‑to‑goodness "GOOD MORNING."

‑‑‑L. Sumpter Augustin, The Bogalusa Enterprise and American, Bogalusa, La., March 18, 1932.

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