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A heart to pity, and a hand to bless.
- Charles Churchill
The heart must be at rest before the mind, like a quiet lake under an unclouded summer evening, can reflect the solemn starlight and the splendid mysteries of heaven.
- M'Donald Clarke ("The Mad Poet")
The heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any.
Some hearts are hidden, some have not a heart.
- George Crabbe, The Borough (letter XVII)
The wrinkles of the heart are more indelible than those of the brow.
- Dorothee DeLuzy
Be persuaded that your only treasures are those which you carry in your heart.
There are chords in the human heart--strange, varying strings--which are only struck by accident; which will remain mute and senseless to appeals the most passionate and earnest, and respond at last to the slightest casual touch.
- Charles Dickens
"There are strings," said Mr. Tappertit, ". . . in the human heart that had better not be wibrated."
- Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge (ch. XXII)
The heart asks pleasure first,
And then, excuse from pain;
And then, those little anodynes
That deaden suffering;
And then, to go to sleep;
And then, if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor,
The liberty to die.
- Emily Dickinson, Poems (IX), (ed. 1891)
The flush of youth soon passes from the face,
The spells of fancy from the mind depart;
The form may lose its symmetry, its grace,
But time can claim no victory o'er the heart.
- Anna Peyre Dinnies
What we call the heart is a nervous sensation, like shyness, which gradually disappears in society. It is fervent in the nursery, strong in the domestic circle, tumultuous at school.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
A woman's heart is as intricate as a raveled skein of silk.
- Alexandre Dumas pere
It is a wonderful subduer--this need of love, this hunger of the heart.
- George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)
Intellect alone, however exalted, without strong feelings--without even, irritable sensibility--would be only like an immense magazine of powder, if there were no such element as fire in the natural world. It is the heart which is the spring and fountain of all eloquence.
- Ralph Erskine
A good heart will, at all times, betray the best head in the world.
- Henry Fielding
Leap hearts to lips, and in our kisses meet.
- John William Fletcher
A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
- Edward Gibbon
How mighty is the human heart, with all its complicated energies; this living source of all that moves the world! this temple of liberty, this kingdom of heaven, this altar of God, this throne of goodness, so beautiful in holiness, so generous in love!
- Henry Giles
My peace is gone, my heart is heavy.
[Ger., Meine Ruh ist hin,
Mein Herz ist schwer.]
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust (I, 15)
Only the heart without a stain knows perfect ease.
[Ger., Ganz unbefleckt geniesst sich nur das Herz.]
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
Iphigenia anf Tauris (IV, 4, 123)
A wounded heart can with difficulty be cured.
[Ger., Doch ein gekranktes Herz erholt sich schwer.]
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso
(IV, 4, 24)
A man's own heart must ever be given to gain that of another.
- Oliver Goldsmith
When a woman's heart is touched, when it is moved by love, then the electric spark is communicated and the fire of inspiration kindled; but even then she desires no more than to suffer or to die for what she loves.
- Countess Ida von Hahn-Hahn
Look not to a woman's head for her brains, but rather to her heart.
- Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)
There is an evening twilight of the heart,
When its wild passion-waves are lulled to rest.
- Fitz-Greene Halleck, Twilight
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