Quotes for
the Journey:

Heart

   
  
It is only with the heart that one
can see rightly; what is essential
is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince

   

People share the same basic drives:  a need for love, for freedom and respect, and the desire to feel as if their lives have meaning.  By looking within, the keys to understanding human behavior can be revealed if you are courageous enough to search your innermost heart.  But how many of us know where that heart is?  How many of us have fallen into the habit of being out of touch with what we intuitively know?  Often this seems to be most true when we apply it to knowing our own feelings.  The noisy hustle and bustle of the outer world can distract us so much that we have a hard time listening to that still, small voice that usually knows the truth of any situation.      -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life

   

The experience I'm talking about has given me one certainty:  the salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and in human responsibility.  Without a global revolution in human consciousness, nothing will change for the better, and the catastrophe toward which this world is headed will be unavoidable.      -Vaclav Havel

   
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.      -the Dalai Lama
   
So it is more useful to watch a man in times of peril, and in adversity to discern what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off, reality remains.      -Titus Lucretius Carus

    
When we focus on the song of our soul and heart, then others will be touched similarly. Sometimes people wonder or worry whether people will like or approve of their creative expression. It's none of your business. It's your business to stay present and focused for the work of your deepest dreams. It might look crooked or strange, or be very odd--but if it delights you, then it is yours, and will find its way into other hearts.     -Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy
   
Your heart's voice is your true voice. It is easy to ignore it, for sometimes it says what we'd rather it did not--and it is so hard to risk the things we have. But what life are we living, if we don't live by our hearts?  Not a true one. And the person living it is not the true you.     -Susan Fletcher, The Highland Witch
  
Those speak foolishly who ascribe their anger or their impatience to such as offend them or to tribulation. Tribulation does not make people impatient, but proves that they are impatient. So everyone may learn from tribulation how their hearts are constituted.     -Martin Luther
   
The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.     -Ted Hughes, Letters of Ted Hughes
   
"I’ve been through all this before," he says to his heart.
“Yes, you have been through all this before," replies his heart.  "But you have never been beyond it.”

-Paulo Coelho
Warrior of the Light
   
Reese, your books might not tell you this, so I will. Every heart has two parts, the part that pumps and the part that loves. If you’re going to spend your life fixing broken hearts, then learn about both.  You can’t just fix one with no concern for the other.     -Charles Martin
   
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.  When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.     -Khalil Gibran
   
Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.     -Albert Einstein
   
There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them.  You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them.     -Greta Garbo
   
Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.     -Marvin J. Ashton
  
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.     -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
   
Our heart always transcends us.     -Rainer Maria Rilke
   
The shape of my life is, of course, determined by many things; my background and childhood, my mind and its education, my conscience and its pressures, my heart and its desires.     -Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
   
As you get older, the heart sheds its leaves like a tree. You cannot hold out against certain winds. Each day tears away a few more leaves; and then there are the storms that break off several branches at one go. And while nature’s greenery grows back again in the spring, that of the heart never grows back.     -Gustave Flaubert
   
Her heart--like every heart, if only its fallen sides were cleared away--was an inexhaustible fountain of love: she loved everything she saw.     -George MacDonald, The Day Boy and the Night Girl
   
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.  It is daily admission of one's weakness.  It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.     -Mohandas Gandhi
   
When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.     -Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
   
Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains. . . an un-uprooted small corner of evil.

Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: They struggle with the evil inside a human being (inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person.

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
   

    
The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber.     -Francis Quarles
  
The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but by what takes place in our hearts.     -Arthur Keith
  
Listen to me!  Listen to me--I'm your heart.  Why do you never dare to let me be free to become what I was born to become?  Your passionate power.  Why do you close the door to me when I laugh and cry?  When I sing my songs of hopes and hurts?  Why do you always want to control everything and everyone who touches you--even me!

I'm your heart.  There are mysterious, warm, refreshing, and renewing moods that I want to share with you!  Forceful, fortifying, friendly feelings live with me.  Why do you shut me out of your power plays?  Are you afraid that I'll embarrass you?  Or are you perhaps afraid that I'll upstage you?

I could and would be your best friend.  Be honest with me.  You don't need to be afraid to tell me if you're tired, bewildered, confused, or overwhelmed.  I'm the one and only friend you can trust with your secret dreams and your sad hurts--and even your vain ambitions.

Come to me.  Are you lost?  I can see another way from where I live.  The heart can see a path that's out of sight to the head--a path you'll surely overlook, left alone on your lofty perch up there, too distracted by your world to see the real world where I live.  I live on the level of laughter, tears, and--yes--prayer.

Robert H. Schuller
If It's Going To Be, It's Up To Me

  
We must be ever on the search for some persons whom we shall love and who will love us in return.  If good will and affection are taken away, every joy is taken from life.    -Cicero
  
The heart has reasons that reason doesn't understand.     -Jacques Bossuet
  
Surely we come to know ourselves only when we have found the best that is in us, and have satisfied our hearts with the highest achievement we are fit for.  It is only then that we know what our hearts demand.     -Woodrow Wilson
  
Find the god in your own heart and you will understand by direct intuition what all the great teachers, real mystics, true philosophers and inspired people have been trying to tell you by the tortuous method of using words.     -Paul Brunton
  
A perfect mind comes from a perfect heart, not the heart known by a doctor's stethoscope but the heart which is the seat of God.     -Mohandas Gandhi
  
   
A pure heart is one that is unencumbered, unworried, uncommitted and which does not want its own way about anything but which, rather, is submerged in the loving will of God.     -Meister Eckhart
  
Great hearts send forth steadily the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart.  The spirit should not grow old.     -James A. Garfield
  
Why do you read many books?  The great book is within your heart.  Open the pages of this inexhaustible book, the source of all knowledge.  You will know everything.     -Sivananda
  
There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.     -Robert South
  
What we hold in our hearts for others is the way we'll act toward them.  A hard heart makes for hard judgments; a compassionate heart understands the humanity of the one we presume to judge.     -Joan Chittister, Seeing with Our Souls
  
The moment we become truly aware of our heart, we feel comfort and release right away.  Our heart has been working day and night, pumping thousands of gallons of blood to nourish all the cells in our body and preserve our peace, and we know that if our heart stops beating, we will die.  But still, we do not take good care of our heart.  We eat, drink, and work in ways that bring about tension and stress.  When we touch our heart with mindfulness, we see clearly that a heart in good condition is an element of real peace and happiness; and we vow to live in a way that keeps our heart in good condition.     -Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ
  
If you keep your heart immersed always in the ocean of divine love, your heart is sure to remain ever full to overflowing with the waters of divine love.     -Ramakrishna
  
Keep your heart above the world, and you will not be troubled by the changes in it.     -Brilliana Harley
  
Everybody's heart is open, you know, when they have recently escaped from severe pain, or are recovering the blessing of health.     -Jane Austen
  
It is the inclination and tendency of the heart which finally determines the opinions of the mind.     -Christoph Luthardt
   
A good head and a good heart are a formidable combination.    -Nelson Mandela
  
The door to the human heart can be opened only from the inside.     -Spanish proverb
  
The human heart, has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed;--
The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.

Charlotte Bronte
  
The human species has all but lost its heart; we gave it up for the illusionary fruits of the material world.  But a life without heart is a life without life force.  The psyche, as well as the body, needs both heart and brain in order to survive.  Like Chinese women who bound their feet and the could no longer walk freely, we have bound our hearts, and thus stunted our growth as moral beings.     -Marianne Williamson, Illuminata
  
The heart of one person moves another's.  If one's own heart is closed then the doors of other people's hearts will also shut tight.  On the other hand, someone who makes all those around him or her into allies, bathing them in the sunlight of spring, will be treasured by all.    -Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism Day by Day
  

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