Quotations About / On: HEART

  • 51.
    It seems to me that physical sickness softens, just as moral sickness hardens, the heart.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Dec. 25, 1755, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 106, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).)
  • 52.
    The man whose heart is as warm as a hanky soaked in ethyl chloride.
    (Edmund White (b. 1940), U.S. author. States of Desire: Travels in Gay America, ch. 1 (1980).)
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  • 53.
    Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.
    (Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 117, Éditions du Seuil (1972).)
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  • 54.
    And at dawn, the drums still beat on the sleepless plain like an unstoppable heart.
    (Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Masters of the Dew, p. 67, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).)
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  • 55.
    As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).)
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  • 56.
    Home is where the heart is and hence a movable feast.
    (Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Virago (1992). Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings, "My Father's House," New Society (1976).)
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  • 57.
    Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.
    (Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), U.S. author. "First Meeting," To My Daughters, With Love (1967).)
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  • 58.
    So many signatures for such a small heart.
    (Mother Teresa (b. 1910), Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary in India. quoted in Evening Standard (London, Jan. 3, 1992). On form-filling in a California Hospital.)
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  • 59.
    The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.
    (Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), British novelist. The Adventures of David Simple, Volume the Last, bk. 7, ch. 10 (1754).)
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  • 60.
    Finance is merely a matter of the heart being in the right place, Joe.
    (Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter, Seton I. Miller (1902-1974), U.S., and Alexander Hall. Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, encouraging Joe to take the place of a murdered financier. From the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.)
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