An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





There is nothing more important in life than human beings, nothing sweeter than the human touch.


Lee Aheater


There is nothing enduring in life for a woman except what she builds in a man's heart.


Judith Anderson (1898-1992, Australian actress)


Two things are bad for the heart -- running up stairs and running down people.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The heart sometimes finds out things that reason cannot.


Robert Benson


What ever purifies the heart also fortifies it.


Hugh Blair (British poet)


Whatever other gifts you have, if you are to succeed, you must have hearts, and hearts that can feel.


William Booth (1829-1912, British religious leader, founder of the Salvation Army)


There is in every human heart some not completely barren part, where seeds of truth and love might grow, and flowers of generous virtue flow; to plant, to watch, to water there.  This be our duty, be our care.


Sir John Bowring (1792-1872, British statesman, linguist)


A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


Had we never lov'd sae kindly, Had we never lov'd sae blindly, Never met -- or never parted -- we had never been broken-hearted.


Robert Burns (1759-1796, Scottish poet)


The heart will break, but broken live on.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.


Patrick Campbell (1913-1980, Irish humorist)


The heart always sees before than the head can see.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart!


Carlos Castaneda (1925-, American anthropologist, author)


Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.


Carlos Castaneda (1925-, American anthropologist, author)


Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.


Deepak Chopra (1946-, East-Indian-American doctor, author, lecturer)

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If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go.


Louise Driscoll


All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it -- on the inside.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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The size of your body is of little account; the size of your brain is of much account; the size of your heart is of the most account of all.


B.C. Forbes


To measure the man measure his heart.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


It isn't enough for your heart to break because everybody's heart is broken now.


Allen Ginsberg (1926-, American poet)


Some people carry their heart in their head and some carry their head in their heart. The trick is to keep them apart yet working together.


David Hare (1947-, British playwright, director)


What of us lies in the hearts of others is our truest and deepest self.


Johann Gottfried Von Herder (1744-1803, German critic and poet)


It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.


Evander Holyfield (1962-, American world boxing champion)


The surest way to hit a woman's heart is to take aim kneeling.


Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857, British humorist, playwright)


Where are you searching for me, friend? Look! Here am I right within you. Not in temple, nor in mosque, not in Kaaba nor Kailas, but here right within you am I.


Kabir (1400-1499, Hindu philosopher, reformer)


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


If your heart were sincere and upright, every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


Thou art my glory and the exultation of my heart: thou art my hope and refuge in the day of my trouble.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


The brain can be easy to buy, but the heart never comes to market.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


I am more afraid of my own heart than the Pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great Pope, Self.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


I do not know what the heart of a rascal may be, but I know what is in the heart of an honest man: it is horrible.


Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821, French diplomat, philosopher)


A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.


Nelson Mandela (1918-, South African president)


I will greet this day with love in my heart. For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscles can split a shield and even destroy life itself but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of man. And until I master this act I will remain no more than a peddler in the marketplace. I will make love my greatest weapon and none on who I call can defend upon its force... my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest day.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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In our own hearts, we mold the whole world's hereafters; and in our own hearts we fashion our own gods.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


In our own hearts, we mold the whole world's hereafters; and in our own hearts we fashion our own gods.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


A Great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.


Bette Midler (1945-, American singer, entertainer, actress)


The heart that has truly loved never forgets, but, as truly, loves on to the close.


Thomas Moore (1779-1852, Irish poet)


Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


The heart is the best reflective thinker.


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.


Antonio Porchia


It is a weakness that I lead from my heart, and not my head?


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


When the heart acts, the body is its slave.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


The heart of a wise man lies quiet like clear water.


Cameroon Proverb (Sayings of Cameroonian origin)


If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


The heart is the most essential human quality.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


A heart in love with beauty never grows old.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Don't waste time trying to break a man's heart; be satisfied if you can just manage to chip it in a brand new place.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


For the outer sense alone perceives visible things and the eye of the heart alone seeds the invisible.


Richard of Saint-Victor


My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


What stronger breastplate than a heart untainted.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: Henry IV


If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master's presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of  your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in Our Lord's presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.


St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622, Roman Catholic bishop, writer)


Seek not good from without: seek it within yourselves, or you will never find it.


Bertha Von Suttner


Use your head and your heart, it's not everything but it's a start.


Author Unknown


To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, while the heart of the fool is in the house of entertainment.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Luke 12:34


Advice from a veteran trapeze performer: Throw your heart over the bars and your body will follow.


Author Unknown


Doubt obscures the true vision of the heart.


Author Unknown


Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.


Author Unknown


I have joined my heart to thee: all that exists are thou. O Lord, beloved of my heart, thou art the home of all; where indeed is the heart in which thou dost not dwell?


Author Unknown


In every veil you see, the Divine Beauty is concealed, making every heart a slave to him. In love to him the heart finds its life; in desire for him the soul finds its happiness. The heart which loves a fair one here, though it knows it not, is really his lover.


Author Unknown


Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.


Author Unknown


Love can heal a broken heart.


Author Unknown


No sheath shall hold what finds its home in flesh.


Author Unknown


Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero's heart.


Author Unknown


The heart that gives gathers.


Author Unknown


There must be hearts which know the depths of our being, and swear by us, even when the whole world forsakes us.


Author Unknown


When the heart is converted, the purse is inverted.


Author Unknown


Whether joy or sorrowful, the heart needs a double, because a joy shared is doubled and a pain that is shared is divided.


Author Unknown


You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart until it is burning in your own.


Author Unknown


Have thy heart in heaven and thy hands upon the earth. Ascend in piety and descend in charity. For this is the Nature of Light and the way of the children.


Thomas Vaughan


The heart of God yearns over His earthly children with a love stronger than death. In giving up His Son, He has poured out to us all heaven in one gift.


Ellen Gould White (1827-1915, American seventh-day Adventist leader)


The eyes see what the heart loves. If the heart loves God and is single in this devotion, then the eyes will see God whether others see Him or not.


Warren Wiersbe


How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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