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Charm & Charisma

I was considered to have charm. Fancy that! You know what charm is:  a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question. ~Albert Camus, The Fall, translated from the French by Justin O'Brien, 1956

Charm is as delicate a phenomenon as the rainbow; at a puff of wind, at the movement of a cloud, the lovely miracle trembles, grows pale, or even disappears. It is dangerous to base anything upon charm, it is in fact building on clouds and leaning upon zephyrs. ~Henri Frédéric Amiel, translated by Van Wyck Brooks

Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world will let them. ~Logan Pearsall Smith

Charisma is not so much getting people to like you as getting people to like themselves when you're around. ~Robert Brault,

The test of charm is not how deeply you feel it, but how keenly you remember it. ~Alice Wellington Rollins, Aphorisms for the Year, 1894

ALICK.  What is charm, exactly...?
MAGGIE.  Oh, it 's — it 's a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it, you don't need to have anything else; and if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have.
~J. M. Barrie, What Every Woman Knows, 1918

But in the larger sense, "charm" — which means the power to effect work without employing brute force — is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm. ~Havelock Ellis, "The New Aspect of the Woman's Movement," The Task of Social Hygiene, 1913

Charm is the name of this esoteric and paradoxical beauty that escapes the vulgar and sets one adream. ~Henri Frédéric Amiel, 1871, translated by Van Wyck Brooks and Charles Van Wyck Brooks

It makes the world a rare and gracious place
      To dwell in! Yet we need not greatly care
To keep forever in that laughing face
      The radiance of a joy so debonair;
Because this lady in bewildering gowns
Is every bit as charming when she frowns.
~Alice Wellington Rollins, Aphorisms for the Year, 1894

Charisma is not just saying hello. It's dropping what you're doing to say hello. ~Robert Brault,

Do you know I am afraid that good people do a great deal of harm in this world. Certainly the greatest harm they do is that they make badness of such extraordinary importance. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. ~Oscar Wilde

The only thing all charming people have in common, no matter how they may differ in other respects, is an amused detachment from their commonplace troubles. ~Sydney J. Harris, General Features Corp., as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1961

The world is full of charming failures (for all charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others) and unless a writer is quite ruthless with these amiable footlers, they will drag him down with them. ~Cyril Connolly (1903–1974)

Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others. ~John Mason Brown, as quoted in Vogue, 1956

I feel your charm, but I am not your dupe... ~Henri Frédéric Amiel, 1876, translated by Mary Augusta Arnold Ward

Charisma is a fancy name given to the knack of giving people your full attention. ~Robert Brault,

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