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Stories From the Heart III

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Wise Words
from the Heart


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Wise Words
from the Heart

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"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
~Antoine De Saint-Exupery~

"I am sure of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections."
~John O'Donohue~

"The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return."
~Maria Edgeworth~

"If your head tells you one thing and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, you should first decide whether you have a better head or a better heart."
~Marilyn Vos Savant~
"Keep a good heart. That's the most important thing in life. It's not how much money you make or what you can acquire. The art of it is to keep a good heart."
~Joni Mitchell~
"A broken heart is what makes life so wonderful five years later, when you see the guy in an elevator and he is fat and smoking a cigar and saying long-time-no-see. If he hadn't broken your heart, you couldn't have that glorious feeling of relief!"
~Phyllis Battelle~
"There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories are full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream—whatever that dream might be."
~Pearl S. Buck~
"The human heart does not stay away too long from that which hurt it most. There is a return journey to anguish that few of us are released from making."
~Lillian Smith~
"In your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go and sheltered so may thrive and grow."
~Louise Driscoll~
"Gratitude is the heart's memory."
~French Proverb~
"It is not the glittering weapon that fights the fight, but rather the brave heart."
"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded."
~Maya Angelou~
"If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come."
~Chinese Proverb~
"A heart in love with beauty never grows old."
~Turkish Proverb~
"Gratitude is the heart's memory."
~French proverb~
"Be kind to bad and good, for you don't know your own heart."
~Sarah Winnemucca, (c.1842-1891) Indian scout, activist~
"If seed in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey towards the stars?"
~G.K. Chesterton~
"I think my life has been a long, slow process of trying to move closer and closer to the spirit by moving closer and closer to the heart. The heart is what's important."
~Burl Ives~
"The state of love is simply a state of joining within with another, heart to heart. It does not require a movement toward that person for satisfaction, for there is already joining present. When I meet you in my own heart, there is nowhere else to go."
~Paul Ferrini~
"It is my heart that makes my songs, not I."
~Sara Teasdale~
"Your heart often knows things before your mind does."
~Paula Adler~
"The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own."
~Willa Cather~
"Nobody has ever measured, not even the poets, how much a heart can hold."
~Zelda Fitzgerald~
"It is easier to gnaw through bone
Than the hide of the heart."
~Diane Glancy~
"What we have most to fear is failure of the heart."
~Sonia Johnson~
"Always there remain portions of our heart into which no one is able to enter, invite them as we may."
~Mary Dixon Thayer~
When you reach the heart of life, you shall find beauty in all things.
~Kahlil Gibran~
The woman's vision is deep reaching . . . the heart is her world.
~Betty Grable~
The heart that gives—gathers.
~Marianne Moore~
It's the heart that's afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.
~Amanda McBroom (in the song, "The Rose", recorded by Bette Midler)~
I am all for people having their heart in the right place; but the right place for a heart is not inside the head.
~Katharine Whitehorn~
Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either.
~Golda Meir~
People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear.
~Maria Mitchell~
There are words which sever hearts more than sharp swords; there are words the point of which sting the heart through the course of a whole life.
~Frederika Bremer~
The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
~Helen Keller~