100 Smile Quotes That Are Sure to Get You Grinning

Updated: Mar. 19, 2024

These insightful smile quotes are sure to get you grinning in no time

Believe it or not, you have one of the most powerful—and beautiful—tools on earth right under your nose. We’re talking about your smile, of course! A smile can do plenty of things—make you happier, turn a complete stranger’s day around and even convince someone to fall in love. The best part? It doesn’t take much to form a sweet smile on your face. In fact, one of the best ways to form a smile is to read wonderful smile quotes.

Quotes about smiles, similar to mindset quotes, gratitude quotes and happiness quotes, have the power to change your outlook on life and steer you toward a more positive attitude. You feel that undeniable tugging at the corners of your mouth while reading these wise words, and before you know it, you’re smiling from ear to ear. Need to test that theory for yourself? No problem. Simply read our list of smile quotes that will get those pearly whites to come out and play.

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Quotes about smiling

Dr. T.P. Chia Smile Quote "A smiling face is a beautiful face. A smiling heart is a happy heart."RD.com, Getty Images

1. “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” —Marilyn Monroe

2. “Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.” —Rashida Jones 

3. “As long as you live keep smiling, because it brightens everybody’s day.” —Vin Scully

4. “Remember—even though the outside world might be raining, if you keep on smiling the sun will soon show its face and smile back at you.” —Anna Lee

5. “When I look out at the people and they look at me and they’re smiling, then I know that I’m loved. That is the time when I have no worries, no problems.” —Etta James

6. “Your wrinkles either show that you’re nasty, cranky and senile, or that you’re always smiling.” —Carlos Santana

7. “Sometimes we’re gonna have our bad days, but we must continue to work to be great. Keep smiling. It looks beautiful on you!” —Demi Lovato

8. “I’ve had to learn to fight all my life—got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile, things will work out.” —Serena Williams

9. “It takes a lot of energy to be negative. You have to work at it. But smiling is painless. I’d rather spend my energy smiling.” —Eric Davis

10.”There is fear when frowning. There is love when smiling.” —Maxime Lagacé

11. “Just smiling at someone walking down the street can make the person’s day. It’s all about paying it forward.” —Mariska Hargitay

12. “Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce your mind’s tearing tension.” —Sri Chinmoy

13. “A smiling face is a beautiful face. A smiling heart is a happy heart.” —Dr. T.P. Chia

14. “What a snapshot is to your life, your life is to eternity, so wouldn’t it be nice if eternity captured you smiling?” —Robert Breault  

15. “More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” —Roy T. Bennett

16. “Smiling doesn’t necessarily mean you’re happy. Sometimes it just means you’re strong.” —Unknown

17. “Keep walking and keep smiling.” —Tiny Tim 

18. “The greatest self is a peaceful smile, that always sees the world smiling back.” —Bryant H. McGill

19. “Whatever happens, just keep smiling and lose yourself in love.” —Rumi

20. “Smiling is the best way to face every problem, to crush every fear and to hide every pain.” —Will Smith

These quotes about smiling also make great inspirational quotes!

Happy smile quotes

Andy Rooney Smile Quote "If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it."RD.com, Getty Images

21. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

22. “A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.” —Tom Wilson 

23. “If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.” —Andy Rooney

24. “Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” —John Ray 

25. “Everywhere you go, take a smile with you.” —Sasha Azevedo

26. “Every smile makes you a day younger.” —Chinese Proverb

27. “I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give ’em yours!”Dolly Parton

28. “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” —Roy T. Bennett

29. “Ah, what happiness it is to be with people who are all happy, to press hands, press cheeks, smile into eyes.” —Katherine Mansfield

30. “Focus on giving smiles away and you will always discover that your own smiles will always be in great supply!” —Joyce Meyer

31. “You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” —Charlie Chaplin

32. “Smile at strangers and you just might change a life.” —Steve Maraboli 

33. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” —William Arthur Ward

34. “Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.” —Anthony J. D’Angelo

35. “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” —Paul Simon

36. “The shortest distance between two people is a smile.” —Victor Borge

37. “I believe that when you put a smile out there, you get a smile back.” —Heidi Klum 

38. “Smile from your heart; nothing is more beautiful than a person who is happy to be himself.” —Kubra Sait

39. “Use your smile to change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.” —Unknown

40. “Never regret anything that made you smile.” —Mark Twain

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Beautiful smile quotes

John Lennon Smile Quote "Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears."RD.com, Getty Images

41. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” —Dr. Seuss

42. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” —Leo Buscaglia 

43. “Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” —H. Jackson Brown Jr.

44. “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.” —Maya Angelou 

45. “A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” —Denis Waitley

46. “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.” —Joseph Addison

47. “Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” —Yoko Ono

48. “A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” —William Hazlitt

49. “A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow on anyone, and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms.” —Og Mandino

50. “Nothing is more beautiful than a smile that has struggled through tears.” —Demi Lovato

51. “A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.” —The Dalai Lama

52. “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” —John Mayer

53. “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” —Mother Teresa 

54. “If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.” —Samson Raphael Hirsch 

55. “A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.” —Washington Irving

56. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” —John Lennon

57. “Life is a mirror: If you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.” —William Makepeace Thackeray  

58. “Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile and a grateful heart.” —Zig Ziglar

59. “Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” —Paramahansa Yogananda 

60. “Be nice to everyone, always smile and appreciate things, because it could all be gone tomorrow.” —Ed Sheeran

Don’t forget to bookmark these life quotes that share plenty of powerful truths.

Short smile quotes

Connie Stevens Smile Quote "Nothing you wear is more important than your smile."RD.com, Getty Images

61. “Peace begins with a smile.” —Mother Teresa 

62. “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” —Phyllis Diller 

63. “Colors are the smiles of nature.” —Leigh Hunt 

64. “Smile, it’s free therapy.” —Douglas Horton 

65. “A smile is the universal welcome.” —Max Eastman

66. “Everywhere you go, take a smile with you.” —Sasha Azevedo

67. “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” —Connie Stevens

68. “Most smiles are started by another smile.” —Frank A. Clark 

69. “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” —Martin Charnin

70. “A smile cures the wounding of a frown.” —William Shakespeare

71. “Everyone smiles in the same language.” —George Carlin

72. “Smile, your soul’s watching.” —Allan Rufus

73. “Smile at a stranger. See what happens.” —Patti LuPone

74. “Be the reason someone smiles today.” —Unknown

75. “Even a smile is a good deed.” —Shari Arison

76. “I love those who can smile in trouble.” —Leonardo da Vinci

77. “Sometimes it’s just enough to smile sincerely.” —Michael Dolan

78. “Twice I have lived forever in a smile.” —E.E. Cummings

79. “Appearances matter—and remember to smile.” —Nelson Mandela

80. “The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.” —William Shakespeare

We love smile quotes that double as life-changing quotes!

Funny smile quotes

George Eliot Smile Quote "Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles."RD.com, Getty Images

81. “Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been.” —Jimmy Buffett

82. “If you haven’t seen your wife smile at a traffic cop, you haven’t seen her smile her prettiest.” —Kin Hubbard

83. “Smile well and often, it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.” —Satchel Paige

84. “Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.” —James M. Beggs

85. “Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.” —W.C. Fields

86. “People who keep stiff upper lips find that it’s damn hard to smile.” —Judith Guest 

87. “A smile is a facelift that’s in everyone’s price range!” —Tom Wilson

88. “Smile, it’s better than a poke in the eye.” —Douglas Horton

89. “Smile. It’s the second best thing you can do with your lips.” —Jill Shalvis

90. “Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.” —George Eliot

91. “The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.” —Robert Bloch

92. “People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.” —Milton A. Lee

93. “A smile is the best way to get away with trouble—even if it’s a fake one.” —Masashi Kishimoto

94. “Just have fun. Smile. And keep putting on lipstick.” —Diane Keaton

95. “She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.” —Raymond Chandler

96. “Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.” —Walter Inglis Anderson

97. “Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.” —Greta Garbo

98. “Everyone should smile. Life really isn’t that serious.” —Unknown 

99. “Hide your craziness behind a beautiful smile. That’s all you need.” —Paulo Coelho

100. “Keep smiling—it takes 10 years off!” —Jane Birkin

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