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Thought-provoking quotes about Scent

Updated: Mar 2, 2021

If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.

Daphne du Maurier


Scent is often underestimated, when it can be the most evocative.

Erin Morgenstern


I think that is where a scent is so powerful because it harnesses our memory and our memory is a very emotional place. I do like the smell of excitement.

Cate Blanchett


Smell is the primordial sense, more powerful, more primitive, more intimately tied to our memories and emotions than any other. A scent can trigger spiritual, emotional or physical peace and stimulate healing and wellness.

Donna Karan


Life must be aromatic.

There must be scent, somehow there must be some.

Gwendolyn Brooks


You can definitely aid the message that you want to send to people by what scent you're wearing.

Lara Stone


The effect of scent is really interesting. It can create a mood and change a feeling immediately.

Aerin Lauder


A man has his distinctive personal scent which his wife, his children and his dog can recognize. A crowd has a generalized stink. The public is odorless.

W. H. Auden


Good shoes and a good scent make the perfect day.

Nia Long


Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth.

Diane Ackerman


Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.

Patrick Süskind


Scents bring memories, and many memories bring nostalgic pleasure. We would be wise to plan for this when we plant a garden.

Thalassa Cruso

(Or in our case, when we design a collection!)



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