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Smell

  • Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across a thousand miles and all the years we have lived.

  • ... the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that we use it so little.

  • ... smell is the closest thing human beings have to a time machine ...

    • Caryl Rivers,
    • "Growing Up Catholic in Midcentury America," in New York Times Magazine ()
  • Smell is the mute sense, the one without words.

  • Smells brought back the earliest memories. Floods of soft and helpless nostalgia for childhood would pour over me when the sea winds carried the sharp smell of sagebrush, the herbal smell of yellow sand verbena, the salty odor of the drying whips of seaweed along the tide line, their bulbous tips squeezed open by a child's playful toe.

  • The sense of smell is the hair-trigger of memory.

  • ... the man either burned incense, used cologne, or else a musk deer had been loose in the small office.

  • ... breathe in the pine and mint from the little salt marsh; its fragrance is scratching at the gate like a cat!

    • Colette,
    • 1928, in Enid McLeod, trans., Break of Day ()
  • Fragrance is the voice of inanimate things.

  • Of the five senses, smell is the one with the best memory.

  • Smell is important. It reminds a person of all the things he's been through; it is a sheath of memories and security.

  • Smells, like music, hold memories. She breathed deep, and bottled it up for posterity.

  • Smell remembers and tells the future. ... Smell is home or loneliness. Confidence or betrayal. Smell remembers.

  • Smell can conjure up memories for me stronger than any other sense. Especially childhood memories. Perhaps because you were that much shorter and therefore closer to the ground and its smells.

  • The sense of smell has the strongest memory of all the senses.