Smell a rat. [ Cervantes ]
Let not the mouse-trap smell of blood. [ Proverb ]
Well may he smell fire whose gown burns. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Fish and guests smell at three days old. [ Proverb ]
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy, -
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is not hand, nor foot.
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose.
By any other name would smell as sweet. [ William Shakespeare ]
If you beat spice it will smell the sweeter. [ Proverb ]
For thee, O now a silent soul, my brother,
Take at my hands this garland and farewell,
Thin is the leaf, and chill the wintry smell,
And chill the solemn earth, a fatal mother. [ Swinburne ]
The flower of sweetest smell is shy and lowly. [ Wordsworth ]
Beauty without grace is a violet without smell. [ Proverb ]
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die;
But if that flower with base infection meet.
The basest weed outbraves its dignity:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds. [ William Shakespeare ]
O, reputation! dearer far than life.
Thou precious balsam, lovely, sweet of smell.
Whose cordial drops once spilt by some rash hand,
Not all the owner's care, nor the repenting toil
Of the rude spiller, ever can collect
To its first purity and native sweetness. [ Sewell ]
The taste of the kitchen is better than the smell. [ Proverb ]
Only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom in the dust. [ James Shirley ]
The best smell is bread, the best savor salt, the best love that of children. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Feelings are like chemicals; the more you analyse them, the worse they smell. [ Kingsley ]
I think I am quite wicked with roses. I like to gather them, and smell them till they have no scent left. [ George Eliot ]
There is as much difference between good poetry and fine verses as between the smell of a flower-garden and of a perfumer's shop. [ Hare ]
Mr. Bettenham said that virtuous men were like some herbs and spices, that give not out their sweet smell till they be broken or crushed. [ Bacon ]
Truth is vanishing from the earth, and of fidelity is the day gone by. The dogs still wag the tail and smell the same as ever, but they are no longer faithful. [ Heine ]
To smell a fresh turf of earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul.
Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return. [ Fuller ]
In oratory, affectation must be avoided; it being better for a man by a native and clear eloquence to express himself than by those words which may smell either of the lamp or inkhorn. [ Lord Herbert ]
The heart, when broken, is like sweet gums and spices when beaten; for as such cast their fragrant scent into the nostrils of men, so the heart, when broken, casts its sweet smell into the nostrils of God. [ Bunyan ]
A man is known to his dog by the smell, to his tailor by the coat, to his friend by the smile; each of these know him, but how little or how much depends on the dignity of the intelligence. That which is truly and indeed characteristic of the man is known only to God. [ Ruskin ]
Talent is something, but tact is everything. It is not a seventh sense, but is the life of all the five. It is the open eye, the quick ear, the judging taste, the keen smell, and the lively touch; it is the interpreter of all riddles, the surmounter of all difficulties, the remover of all obstacles. [ W. P. Scargill ]
As there are some flowers which you should smell but slightly to extract all that is pleasant in them, and which, if you do otherwise, emit what is unpleasant and noxious, so there are some men with whom a slight acquaintance is quite sufficient to draw out all that is agreeable; a more intimate one would be unsatisfactory and unsafe. [ Landor ]
In former days various superstitious rites were used to exorcise evil spirits, but in our times the same object is attained, and beyond comparison more effectually, by the press; before this talisman, ghosts, vampires, witches, and all their kindred tribes are driven from the land, never to return again; the touch of holy water is not so intolerable to them as the smell of printing ink. [ J. Bentham ]