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Charm

  • I judge people's charm by the ease with which I express myself in their presence.

    • Natalie Clifford Barney,
    • "Scatterings" (1910), in Anna Livia, ed., A Perilous Advantage: The Best of Natalie Clifford Barney ()
  • 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.

  • She drew people to her like a lighted doorway.

  • Charm ... is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful.

  • Charm is the ability to make others feel attractive.

  • Apparently she was so charming it was practically a disease. Even the hygienist who cleaned her big, white teeth fell in love with her. She could get plumbers to come on Sunday.

  • It's always good to know, if only in passing, a charming human being; it refreshes one like flowers and birds and clear brooks.

    • George Eliot,
    • journal (1850), in J.W. Cross, ed., George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters and Journals ()
  • There is entirely too much charm around, and something must be done to stop it.

    • Dorothy Parker,
    • "These Much Too Charming People," in The New Yorker ()
  • Perhaps the basic thing which contributes to charm is the ability to forget oneself and be engrossed in other people.

  • She might struggle like a fly in a web. He wrapped her around and around with beautiful sentences.

  • A nice thing about the man was his way of drawing out the best things she had to say and in a way which made her pleased with herself for having said them.

  • He had that nameless charm, with a strong magnetism, which can only be called 'It.'

    • Elinor Glyn,
    • title story, "It" and Other Stories ()
  • To have 'It,' the fortunate possessor must have that strange magnetism which attracts both sexes. He or she must be entirely unself-conscious and full of self-confidence, indifferent to the effect he or she is producing, and uninfluenced by others. There must be physical attraction, but beauty is unnecessary.

    • Elinor Glyn,
    • title story, "It" and Other Stories ()
  • Infallibility requires a great deal of charm to carry it off. Unfortunately, Albert was deficient in charm.

  • People were not charmed with Eglantine because she herself was charming, but because she was charmed.

  • Charm might be described as enlightened self-interest, a development of one's best self. ... In the simplest possible terms, I think genuine charm is an unmotivated interest in others.

  • Counterfeit charm is worse than none at all.

  • Charm is a cunning self-forgetfulness.

  • [On Orson Welles:] When I talk to him, I feel like a plant that's been watered.

  • Fortify yourself against seductive eloquence.

  • Odd that the more charming people were the less charming they always made other people feel.

  • Charm is the next best asset after looks and brains — and can almost make up for looks.

  • To some people everything is permitted.

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • How unjust life is, to make physical charm so immediately apparent or absent, when one can get away with vices untold for ever.

  • Those people who rely on charm to get them what they want, who never need to work for love or admiration, what monsters they turn out to be!

  • ... I don't believe one can acquire charm. I think its very essence is naturalness.

  • ... charm should be on the surface. It has no hidden use.

  • Men who have a lot of charm have it in place of something real that you are eventually going to want from them and find that they do not have.

  • Lack of charisma can be fatal.

  • The art of pleasing is more based on the art of seeming pleased than people think of, and she disarmed the prejudices of her enemies by the unaffected delight she appeared to take in themselves.

  • I realized he would not make the first move to leave; it was instinctive with him to make a woman feel she was too important to be treated lightly — an instinct totally unrelated to the degree of his interest, but it had the effect of a pint of vodka, taken neat.

  • There are some men who possess a quality which goes way beyond romantic or even sexual appeal, a quality which literally enslaves. It has very little to do with looks and nothing at all to do with youth, because there are some quite mature and unathletic specimens who have it. It's an expression in the eyes, or an aura of being in control, and responsible, or something easy and powerful in the stance, or who knows.

  • Beware the beguiled, they do their own beguiling.

  • The rarest of all things in American life is charm. We spend billions every year manufacturing fake charm that goes under the heading of 'public relations.' Without it, America would be grim indeed.

  • ... when people say you're charming you are in deep trouble.

  • [On Philip Graham, Katharine Graham's husband:] His charm, like type O+ blood, suits everyone ...

    • Jane Howard,
    • "The Power That Didn't Corrupt," in Ms. ()
  • Charm is simply the art of being pleasing.

  • An ugly girl came along and took that man away from me like she was driving a Bugatti and I was standing still. She was downright ugly, but she had charm. There was no denying it, and I didn't have charm at that time.

  • Charm lies in complete forgetfulness of self.