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Smooth Chat: 15 Lines Singles People can use

Need something clever to say out on a date, when caught in a lie, when looking for a kiss? Crib one of these quotes, and let them work their magic.

We've all been there: Tongue-tied, flustered and at a complete loss for the right words, whether it's on a first date or after a minor relationship indiscretion. If you're wishing you knew the right thing to say, read on. We've gathered the collective wit from some of the world's greatest thinkers to get you out of—or into—all sorts of compromising positions. Deploy them as needed.

1. You need to say something smart at a museum
"It's not what you see that is art—art is the gap."
Marcel Duchamp

2. You're out with very well-read person
"I've given up on reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself."
Oscar Wilde

3. You want to stop talking and start kissing
"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous."
Ingrid Bergman

4. You'd really rather not share your feelings
"All the great pleasures in life are silent."
George Clemenceau

5. You're not ready to commit
"Let there be spaces in [our] togetherness."
Kahlil Gibran

6. You're trying to sway someone to be naughty
"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."
Katharine Hepburn

7. It really is all your fault
"I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best."
Walt Whitman

8. You've been caught in a big, fat lie
"There are no facts, only interpretations."
Friedrich Nietzsche

9. You don't want to accompany your date to a family get-together
"Absence is one of the most useful ingredients of family life, and to dose it rightly is an art like any other."
Freya Stark

10. You want to watch the big game tonight instead of Judging Amy
"The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur."
Vince Lombardi

11.You're at a restaurant where the service sucks
"What is the test of good manners? Being able to bear patiently with bad ones."
Solomon Ibn Gabirol

12. You're putting the moves on a platonic friend
"In the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures."
Kahlil Gibran

13. You're stumped for conversation during a walk through the park
"The earth laughs in flowers."
e.e. cummings

14. Annoying friends and relatives keep asking when you'll get married
"The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing—and then they marry him."
Cher

15. You're caught checking out someone other than your date
"The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing."
Publilius Syrus