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FEELING
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[ Also see Emotion Heart Humanity Impression Influence Instinct Mob Motive Passion Psychology Sense Senses Sensibility Sentiment Soul Spirit Sympathy Tears ]

Era of good feeling.
      - Unattributed Author,
        title of an article in the Boston "Centinel"

The head best leaves to the heart what the heart alone divines.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel; its poverty by how little.
      - William R. Alger

Life is simply what our feelings do to us.
      - Honore de Balzac

Our most natural feelings are those we are loath to confess, and fatuity is among them.
      - Honore de Balzac

The causes that govern the heart appear to be wholly alien to the results achieved. Are the forces that moved a desperate criminal the same that fill a martyr with pride, as both mount the scaffold?
      - Honore de Balzac

He thought as a sage, though he felt as a man.
      - James Beattie, The Hermit (l. 8)

Let us have care not to disclose our hearts to the those who shut up theirs against us.
      - Francis Beaumont

Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
      - Charlotte Bronte (used pseudonym Currer Bell)

Though there is nothing more dangerous, yet there is nothing more ordinary, than for weak saints to make their sense and feeling the judge of their condition. We must strive to walk by faith.
      - Thomas Brooks

Feeling in the young precedes philosophy, and often acts with a more certain aim.
      - William Carleton

What unknown seas of feeling lie in man, and will from time to time break through!
      - Thomas Carlyle

But, spite of all the criticising elves,
  Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.
      - Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (l. 961)

Every human feeling is greater and larger than the exciting cause.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thought is deeper than all speech,
  Feeling deeper than all thought;
    Souls to souls can never teach
      What unto themselves was taught.
      - Christopher Pearce Cranch, Thought

Tears never yet saved a soul. Hell is full of weepers weeping over lost opportunities, perhaps over the rejection of an offered Saviour. Your Bible does not say, "Weep, and be saved." It says, "Believe, and be saved." Faith, is better than feeling.
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

The moment of finding a fellow-creature is often as full of mingled doubt and exultation, as the moment of finding an idea.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Daniel Deronda (bk. II, ch. XVII)

Fine feelings, without vigor of reason are, in the situation of the extreme feather of a peacock's tail--dragging in the mud.
      - John Foster (1)

A fellow-feeling makes one wondrous kind.
      - David Garrick

You'll never attain it unless you know the feeling.
  [Ger., Wenn ihr's nicht fuhlt ihr werdet's nicht erjagen.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 1, 182)

Feeling comes before reflection.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

Feelings are like chemicals--the more you analyze them the worse they smell. So it is best not to stir them up very much, only enough to convince one's self that they are offensively wrong, and then look away as far as possible, out of one's self, for a purifying power; and that we know can only come from Him who holds our hearts in His hands, and can turn us whither He will.
      - Charles Kingsley

Some feelings are quite untranslatable; no language has yet been found for them. They gleam upon us beautifully through the dim twilight of fancy, and yet when we bring them close to us, and hold them up to the light of reason, lose their beauty all at once, as glow worms which gleam with such a spiritual light in the shadows of evening, when brought in where the candles are lighted, are found to be only worms like so many others.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For there are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion,
  That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble,
    Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret,
      Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Courtship of Miles Standish
         (pt. VI, Priscilla, l. 12)

Feeling is deep and still; and the word that floats on the surface
  Is as the tossing buoy, that betrays where the anchor is hidden.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
         (pt. II, sc. 2, l. 212)


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