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SENSIBILITY
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[ Also see Appreciation Cultivation Delicacy Emotion Feeling Heart Influence Instinct Quality Refinement Sense Senses Sentiment Sympathy Tact Tears ]

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to by brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
      - Bible, John (ch. XX, v. 17)

Excessive sensibility is only another name for morbid self-consciousness.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Dearly bought the hidden treasure finer feelings can bestow.
      - Robert Burns

Chords that vibrate sweetest pleasure
  Thrill the deepest notes of wo.
      - Robert Burns, Sweet Sensibility

Where virtue is, sensibility is the ornament and becoming attire of virtue. On certain occasions it may almost be said to become virtue. But sensibility and all the amiable qualities may likewise become, and too often have become, the panders of vice and the instruments of seduction.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sensibility would be a good portress if she had but one hand; with her right she opens the door to pleasure, but with her left to pain.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There are moments when petty slights are harder to bear than even a serious injury. Men have died of the festering of a gnat-bite.
      - Cecil Danby

Susceptible persons are more affected by a change of tone that by unexpected words.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Adam Bede (ch. XXVII)

Nor peace, nor ease the heart can know
  Which, like the needle true,
    Turns at the touch of joy or woe,
      But turning, trembles too.
      - Mrs. Frances McCartney Fulke-Greville

Sensibility cannot be acquired; people are born thus, or they have it not.
      - Comtesse de Genlis, Stephanie-Felicite du Crest de Saint-Aubin

The wild-flower wreath of feeling, the sunbeam of the heart.
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck

Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power, that is all.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

It is with feeling as with religion; if a man really have any, he will have "none to speak of."
      - Henry Norman Hudson

Sensibility of mind is indeed the parent of every virtue, but it is the parent of much misery, too.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Breasts that beat, and cheeks that glow.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Women are ever in extremes; they are either better or worse than men.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

We care not how many see us in choler, when we rave and bluster, and make as much noise and bustle as we can; but if the kindest and most generous affection comes across us, we suppress every sign of it, and hide ourselves in nooks and covert.
      - Walter Savage Landor

The hearts of some women tremble like leaves at every breath of love which reaches them, and they are still again. Others, like the ocean, are moved only by the breath of a storm, and not so easily lulled to rest.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It seem'd as if each thought and look
  And motion were that minute chain'd
    Fast to the spot such root she took,
      And--like a sunflower by a brook,
        With face upturn'd--so still remain'd!
      - Thomas Moore,
        Loves of the Angels--First Angel's Story
         (l. 33)

And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers
  Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.
      - Thomas Moore, O Think Not My Spirits

Sensibility appears to me to be neither good nor evil in itself, but in its application. Under the influence of Christian principle, it makes saints and martyrs; ill-directed, or uncontrolled, it is a snare, and the source of every temptation; besides, as people cannot get it if it is not given them, to descant on it seems to me as idle as to recommend people to have black eyes or fair complexions.
      - Hannah More

Where bright imagination reigns, the fine-wrought spirit feels acuter pains.
      - Hannah More

It appears to me that strong sense and acute sensibility together constitute genius.
      - George Pope Morris

The sensibility of man to trifles, and his insensibility to great things, are the marks of a strange inversion.
      - Blaise Pascal

Men's feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell; like the glaciers, which are transparent and rosy-hued only at sunrise and sunset, but throughout the day gray and cold.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)


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