Quotations About / On: HEART

  • 71.
    In friendship, as well as in love, the mind is often the dupe of the heart.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Dec. 30, 1751, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 92, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).)
  • 72.
    I am never tempted to pray but when a warm feeling for my friends comes athwart my heart.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, July 10, 1786, to William Stephens Smith. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 10, p. 117, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).)
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  • 73.
    Who shall measure the heat and violence of the poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. A Room of One's Own, ch. 3 (1929). Woolf added: "The indifference of the world which Keats and Flaubert and other men of genius have found so hard to bear was in her case not indifference but hostility. The world did not say to her as it said to them, Write if you choose; it makes no difference to me. The world said with a guffaw, Write? What's the good of you writing?")
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  • 74.
    The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 94, Conard (1915).)
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  • 75.
    The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.
    (Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. Preface to his translation of the Psalms (1534).)
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  • 76.
    The "kingdom of heaven" is a condition of the heart—not something that comes "above the earth" or "after death."
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 207, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Antichrist, section 34 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1895).)
  • 77.
    Take hope from the heart of man and you make him a beast of prey.
    (Ouida [Marie Louise De La Ramée] (1839-1908), British novelist. Published in Wisdom, Wit and Pathos (1884). "A Village Commune," (1881).)
  • 78.
    People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
    (Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 522 (1796, trans. 1926).)
  • 79.
    An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
    (Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter. Letter, November 1, 1882, to his brother Theo. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, vol. 1 (1958).)
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  • 80.
    O accursed hunger of gold, to what dost thou not compel human hearts!
    (Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Aeneas, in Aeneid, bk. 3, l. 56-7 (19 B.C.), trans. by J.W. MacKail (1908). Alluding to the story of Polydorus, who was killed for his gold by the treacherous King of Thrace during the Trojan War. In Dante's Purgatory, cto. 22, Virgil's lines are seemingly misconstrued by Statius.)
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