10 Quotes On: Lips


Loose lips may have been deadly during World War II, but they weren’t always that way. In fact, aside from that short stint, lips have long been catalysts of wisdom, romance and, well, a little bit of magic. Just ask the writers, presidents, illusionists and other esteemed characters below.

“Language is wine upon the lips.” —Virginia Woolf, author of A Room of One’s Own

“Lips are the gatekeepers of your acoustic hole, namely your mouth.” —Joni Wilson, voice coach for American Idol contestants

“It’s tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won’t drink from my glass.” —Rodney Dangerfield, stand-up comic

“The lips of the wise are as the doors of a cabinet; no sooner are they opened, but treasures are poured out before thee.” —Akhenaten, Egyptian pharaoh

“I believe in running in the rain and crashing into the person you love and having your lips bleed on each other.” —Billy Bob Thornton, actor

“She pouted her lips like a gun in my face.” —Chinua Achebe, novelist

“The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.” —Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

“My advice is keeping your lips away from the spinning things.” —Adam Savage, host of Mythbusters

“To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.” —Charles Dickens, author of Oliver Twist

“Flames from the lips may be produced by holding in the mouth a sponge saturated with the purest gasoline.” —Harry Houdini, Illusionist