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A smile is the weapon of the wise

A smile is the weapon of the wise A smile is the weapon of the wise
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Smile is the perfection of laughter. For there is always anxiety in laughter, although it is immediately calmed; but in the smile everything relaxes, without any anxiety or defense. We can therefore say that the child smiles even better at his mother than his mother smiles at him; thus childhood is always the most beautiful. But in every smile there is childhood; it is an oblivion and a new beginning. All muscles take their rest and ease, especially those powerful muscles of the cheeks and jaws, so naturally contracted in anger, and already in attention. The smile does not pay attention; the eyes kiss all around their center. At the same time the breath and the heart work largely and without embarrassment, hence this colour of life and this healthy look. Just as mistrust awakens mistrust, so the smile calls for a smile; it reassures the other about oneself and all things around. This is why those who are happy say that everything smiles at them. And one can, with a smile, heal the wounds of someone one does not know. That is why a smile is the weapon of the wise, against one's own passions and those of others. It touches them there in their center and in their strength, which is never in ideas or in events, but in that armed anger that cannot smile.

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