Smell: Quotes

Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived. – Helen Keller

The act of smelling something, anything, is remarkably like the act of thinking. Immediately at the moment of perception, you can feel the mind going to work, sending the odor around from place to place, setting off complex repertories through the brain, polling one center after another for signs of recognition, for old memories and old connection. – Lewis Thomas

O the green things growing, the green things growing,
The faint sweet smell of the green things growing! – Dinah Mulock Craik

The lime trees were in bloom.  But in the early morning only a faint fragrance drifted through the garden, an airy message, an aromatic echo of the dreams during the short summer night. – Isak Dinesen

When nothing else subsists from the past, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered…the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls…bearing resiliently, on tiny and almost impalpable drops of their essence, the immense edifice of memory. – Marcel Proust

Here comes the time when, vibrating on its stem, every flower fumes like a censer; noises and perfumes circle in the evening air. – Charles Baudelaire

Of all smells, bread; of all tastes, salt. – George Herbert

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