Heart quotes

  • You are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life ... Your entire life ... Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Heart #Soul #Mind

  • Our love of lockstep is our greatest curse, the source of all that bedevils us. It is the source of homophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism, terrorism, bigotry of every variety and hue, because it tells us there is one right way to do things, to look, to behave, to feel, when the only right way is to feel your heart hammering inside you and to listen to what its timpani is saying.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Xenophobia #Heart #Racism

  • People who are knowledgeable about poetry sometimes discuss it in that knowing, rather hateful way in which oenophiles talk about wine: robust, delicate, muscular. This has nothing to do with how most of us experience it, the heart coming around the corner and unexpectedly running into the mind. Of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Running #Heart #Wine

  • There are those of us who believe that under certain conditions the cruelest thing you can do to people you love is to force them to live. There are those of us who define living not by whether the heart beats and the lungs lift but whether the spirit is there, whether the music box plays.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Believe #Heart #Love Is

  • What I expect from my male friends is that they are polite and clean. What I expect from my female friends is unconditional love, the ability to finish my sentences for me when I am sobbing, a complete and total willingness to pour their hearts out to me, and the ability to tell me why the meat thermometer isn't supposed to touch the bone.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Friendship #Women #Heart

  • Good Luck is rather particular who she rides with, and mostly prefers those who have got common sense and a good heart; at least that is my experience.
    -- Anna Sewell

    #Heart #Good Luck #Common Sense

  • Sometimes when I wake up, I forget that she's gone and then I remember and my heart drops like it does when you miss a step or trip over a kerb.
    -- Annabel Pitcher

    #Heart #Missing #Doe

  • He who speaks from the lips chatters. He who speaks from an empty mind adds confusion to discord. He who speaks from a full mind feeds the minds of men. He who speaks from his heart wins the confidence of mankind. But he who speaks from his soul heals the heartbreaks of a world and feeds the hungry, starving souls of men. He can dry the tears of anguish and pain. He can bring light, for he will carry light.
    -- Annalee Skarin

    #Pain #Heart #Winning

  • For me, exploration is about that journey to the interior, into your own heart. I'm always wondering, how will I act at my moment of truth? Will I rise up and do what's right, even if every fiber of my being is telling me otherwise?
    -- Anne Bancroft

    #Heart #Journey #Fiber

  • The challenge, whenever you create anything, is to persevere and push away the negative voices. And the more you accomplish, the louder they get. The key is to shut them off and trust in your heart where you're going.
    -- Anne Bancroft

    #Heart #Keys #Voice

  • Opportunities and choices. When a person makes a heart wish, that wish resonates through the currents and things will happen to give the person an opportunity to make the wish come true. Like a hand offered and accepted.
    -- Anne Bishop

    #Heart #Opportunity #Hands

  • Let your heart travel lightly. Because what you bring with you becomes part of the landscape.
    -- Anne Bishop

    #Heart #Landscape

  • The Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki once stated, 'International cultural exchange is impossible - therefore we must try.' I agree with all my heart. The impossibility of seeing beyond one's own cultural context is a political act in the world and has the potential to break down the rigid assumptions surrounding us.
    -- Anne Bogart

    #Heart #Political #Trying

  • I will give my whole heart and soul to my Maker if I can,' I answered, 'and not one atom more of it to you than He allows. What are you, sir, that you should set yourself up as a god, and presume to dispute possession of my heart with Him to whom I owe all I have and all I am, every blessing I ever did or ever can enjoy - and yourself among the rest - if you are a blessing, which I am half inclined to doubt.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Heart #Blessing #Giving

  • His heart was like a sensitive plant, that opens for a moment in the sunshine, but curls up and shrinks into itself at the slightest touch of the finger, or the lightest breath of wind.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Heart #Sunshine #Wind

  • It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Beautiful #Heart #People

  • Oh, I am very weary, Though tears no longer flow; My eyes are tired of weeping, My heart is sick of woe.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Tired #Heart #Eye

  • What a fool you must be," said my head to my heart, or my sterner to my softer self.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Heart #Self #Fool

  • And why should he interest himself at all in my moral and intellectual capacities: what is it to him what I think and feel?' I asked myself. And my heart throbbed in answer to the question.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Heart #Thinking #Intellectual

  • There is such a thing as looking through a person's eyes into the heart, and learning more of the height, and breadth, and depth of another's soul in one hour than it might take you a lifetime to discover, if he or she were not disposed to reveal it, or if you had not the sense to understand it.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Eye #Heart #Soul

  • Farewell to Thee! But not farewell To all my fondest thoughts of Thee; Within my heart they still shall dwell And they shall cheer and comfort me.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Cheer #Farewell #Heart

  • Keep guard over your eyes and ears as the inlets of your heart, and over your lips as the outlets, lest they betray you in a moment of unwariness.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Betrayal #Heart #Eye

  • This paper will serve instead of a confidential friend into whose ear I might pour forth the overflowings of my heart. It will not sympathize with my distresses, but then, it will not laugh at them, and, if I keep it close, it cannot tell again; so it is, perhaps, the best friend I could have for the purpose.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Heart #Laughing #Purpose

  • Adieu! but let me cherish, still, The hope with which I cannot part. Contempt may wound, and coldness chill, But still it lingers in my heart. And who can tell but Heaven, at last, May answer all my thousand prayers, And bid the future pay the past With joy for anguish, smiles for tears?
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Prayer #Heart #Past

  • When I tell you not to marry without love, I do not advise you to marry for love alone: there are many, many other things to be considered. Keep both heart and hand in your own possession, till you see good reason to part with them; and if such an occasion should never present itself, comfort your mind with this reflection, that though in single life your joys may not be very many, your sorrows, at least, will not be more than you can bear. Marriage may change your circumstances for the better, but, in my private opinion, it is far more likely to produce a contrary result.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Heart #Reflection #Hands

  • My heart is too thoroughly dried to be broken in a hurry, and I mean to live as long as I can.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Heart #Mean #Long

  • I began this book with the intention of concealing nothing, that those who liked might have the benefit of perusing a fellow creature's heart: but we have some thoughts that all the angels in heaven are welcome to behold -- but not our brother-men -- not even the best and kindest amongst them.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Brother #Book #Heart

  • Meanwhile music pounded / across hearts opening every valve to the desperate drama of being / a self in a song.
    -- Anne Carson

    #Song #Drama #Heart

  • Man's value before God is estimated by the dispositions of his heart, its uprightness, its good will, its charity, and not by keenness of intellect or extent of knowledge.
    -- Anne Catherine Emmerich

    #Heart #Men #Charity

  • You don't change people's hearts by making them suffer. You harm yourself as well as them.
    -- Anne Douglas Sedgwick

    #Heart #People #Suffering

  • I have no place left to live but in my own heart.
    -- Anne Enright

    #Heart

  • Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
    -- Anne Frank

    #Inspirational #Believe #Heart

  • In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.
    -- Anne Frank

    #Believe #Heart #Thinking

  • Riches can all be lost, but that happiness in your own heart can only be veiled, and it will bring you happiness again, as long as you live.
    -- Anne Frank

    #Heart #Long #Riches

  • And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world.
    -- Anne Frank

    #Heart #People #Trying

  • In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.
    -- Anne Frank

    #Motivational #Believe #Heart

  • I photograph from the heart. I adore little babies and I think that shows. My images are really very positive, very simple, and from the heart. Babies speak a universal language.
    -- Anne Geddes

    #Photography #Baby #Heart

  • I think that emotional content is an image's most important element, regardless of the photographic technique. Much of the work I see these days lacks the emotional impact to draw a reaction from viewers, or remain in their hearts.
    -- Anne Geddes

    #Photography #Heart #Emotional

  • When your spirit is heavy, when your heart is broken, when your burdens seem unbearable - trust Him. Look to Him.
    -- Anne Graham Lotz

    #God #Christian #Heart

  • To have gone through so much work to heal myself and have my mother not acknowledge in any way that she was sorry for what had happened to me, broke my heart.
    -- Anne Heche

    #Mother #Sorry #Heart

  • But after he was pleased to reveal himself to me I did presently, like Abraham, run to Hagar. And after that he did let me see the atheism of my own heart, for which I begged of the Lord that it might not remain in my heart.
    -- Anne Hutchinson

    #Running #Heart #Atheism

  • I believe in listening to what calls you from your heart and your spirit and if you do it badly, like learning to dance, you do it badly or you're going to kick yourself when you grow old and you meant to do it.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Believe #Heart #Listening

  • Radical self-care is what we've been longing for, desperate for, our entire lives-friendship with our own hearts.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Heart #Compassion #Self

  • Oh, my God. What if you wake up some day, and you're 65 or 75, and you never got your novel or memoir written; or you didn't go swimming in warm pools or oceans because your thighs were jiggly or you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It's going to break your heart. Don't let this happen.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Nice #Ocean #Heart

  • Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Reading #Writing #Heart

  • A big heart is both a clunky and a delicate thing; it doesn't protect itself and it doesn't hide. It stands out, like a baby's fontanel, where you can see the soul pulse through.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Inspirational #Baby #Heart

  • ...music is about as physical as it gets: your essential rhythm is your heartbeat; your essential sound, the breath. We're walking temples of noise, and when you add tender hearts to this mix, it somehow lets us meet in places we couldn't get to any other way.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Heart #Sound #Essentials

  • Some people have a thick skin and you don’t. Your heart is really open and that is going to cause pain, but that is an appropriate response to this world. The cost is high, but the blessing of being compassionate is beyond your wildest dreams.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Dream #Pain #Heart

  • Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides. It means that you are willing to stop being such a jerk. When you are aware of all that has been given to you, in your lifetime and the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Gratitude #Heart #Mean

  • This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Ocean #Heart #Thinking

  • I don’t know why life isn’t constructed to be seamless and safe, why we make such glaring mistakes, things fall so short of our expectations, and our hearts get broken and out kids do scary things and our parents get old and don’t always remember to put pants on before they go out for a stroll. I don’t know why it’s not more like it is in the movies, why things don’t come out neatly and lessons can’t be learned when you’re in the mood for learning them, why love and grace often come in such motley packaging.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Mistake #Fall #Heart

  • My heart was broken and my head was just barely inhabitable
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Heart #Broken #My Heart

  • Then the singing enveloped me. It was furry and resonant, coming from everyone's very heart. There was no sense of performance or judgment, only that the music was breath and food.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Music #Heart #Singing

  • There's a lovely Hasidic story of a rabbi who always told his people that if they studied the Torah, it would put Scripture on their hearts. One of them asked, "Why on our hearts, and not in them?" The rabbi answered, "Only God can put Scripture inside. But reading sacred text can put it on your heart, and then when your hearts break, the holy words will fall inside.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Fall #Reading #Heart

  • Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Gratitude #Heart #Joy

  • Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Prayer #Heart

  • Your inside person doesn’t age. Your inside person is soul, is heart, in the eternal now, the ageless, the old, the young, all the ages you’ve ever been.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Heart #Soul #Age

  • If you have to become a filmmaker, find a story that takes you away, and tell that story. Don't think about whether it's going to sell, or whether it's going to make money, or whether it's going to appeal to distributors. Do something from the heart that really matters, and then you'll do something good.
    -- Anne Makepeace

    #Heart #Thinking #Stories

  • The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart.
    -- Anne Michaels

    #Teacher #Retirement #Heart

  • Once I was lost in a forest. I was so afraid. My blood pounded in my chest and I knew my heart's strength would soon be exhausted. I saved myself without thinking. I grasped the two syllables closest to me, and replaced my heartbeat with your name.
    -- Anne Michaels

    #Heart #Thinking #Blood

  • When the heart is flooded with love there is no room in it for fear, for doubt, for hesitation.
    -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    #Inspirational #Heart #Doubt

  • Perhaps both men and women in America may hunger, in our material, outward, active, masculine culture, for the supposedly feminine qualities of heart, mind and spirit--qualities which are actually neither masculine nor feminine, but simply human qualities that have been neglected. It is growth along these lines that will make us whole, and will enable the individual to become world to himself.
    -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    #Heart #Men #America

  • 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

    #Heart #Childhood #Mind

  • When I was young my heart was young then, too. And anything that it would tell me, that's the thing that I would do.
    -- Anne Murray

    #Heart #Youth #My Heart

  • There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.
    -- Anne Nicol Gaylor

    #Heart #Angel #Heaven

  • ... She knew in her heart that to be without optimism, that core of reasonless hope in the spirit rather than the brain, was a fatal flaw, the seed of death.
    -- Anne Perry

    #Heart #Optimism #Brain

  • Mortal beauty often makes me ache, and mortal grandeur can fill me with that longing...but Paris, Paris drew me close to her heart, so I forgot myself entirely. Forgot the damned and questing preternatural thing that doted on mortal skin and mortal clothing. Paris overwhelmed, and lightened and rewarded more richly than any promise.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Heart #Paris #Promise

  • The human heart is my school.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Heart #School #Human Heart

  • Dear God, help me. Do not forget me on this tiny cinder lost in a galaxy that is lost–a heart no bigger than a speck of dust beating, beating against death, against meaninglessness, against guilt, against sorrow.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Heart #Dust #Sorrow

  • And so this young one, this young one whom I had so loved, I had to forsake, no matter how broken my heart, no matter how lonely my soul, no matter how bruised my intellect and spirit.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Lonely #Heart #Broken

  • His blood coursed through my veins sweeter than life itself. And as it did, Lestats words made sense to me. I knew peace only when I killed and when I heard his heart in that terrible rhythm, I knew again what peace could be.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Heart #Blood #Veins

  • It's so easy to persecute an older, overweight, unwise, crude, ignorant woman who may very well be a good person at heart who has achieved a great deal in her life. So easy to vilify her and hate her and try to destroy her life. Woe to anyone today who is not slender, young, clever and politically correct.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Clever #Hate #Heart

  • How can so much beauty hide such a bruised and steely heart, and why must I love him, why must I lean in my weariness upon his irresistible yet indomitable strength? Is he not the wizend funeral spirit of a dead man in a child's clothes?
    -- Anne Rice

    #Children #Heart #I Love Him

  • And my heart beat faster for the mountains of eastern Europe, finally, beat faster for the one hope that somewhere we might find in that primitive countryside the answer to why under God this suffering was allowed to exist - why under God it was allowed to begin, and how under God it might be ended. I had not the courage to end it, I knew, without that answer.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Heart #Europe #Suffering

  • Watch out for intellect, because it knows so much it knows nothing and leaves you hanging upside down, mouthing knowledge as your heart falls out of your mouth.
    -- Anne Sexton

    #Love #Fall #Heart

  • Meanwhile in my head, I’m undergoing open-heart surgery.
    -- Anne Sexton

    #Heart #Open Heart #Surgery

  • He was sound asleep, his long legs stretched out in front of him, the blessed fire blazing, an empty bottle of wine by his side. He hadn't been shaved recently, and he looked rumpled, dissolute and beautiful. Like a fallen angel. She moved to stand in front of him and pointed the pistol directly at his heart. "I wouldn't do that if I were you," he murmured, and then he opened his extraordinary eyes. "It's always unwise to shoot the man you're in love with.
    -- Anne Stuart

    #Beautiful #Blessed #Heart

  • Lord save us, first you have a heart, now you have a god? Will wonders never cease?
    -- Anne Stuart

    #Heart #Firsts #Wonder

  • Jack believed in something—he believed in white witches and sleighs pulled by wolves, and in the world the trees obscured. He believed that there were better things in the woods. He believed in palaces of ice and hearts to match. Hazel had, too. Hazel had believed in woodsmen and magic shoes and swanskins and the easy magic of a compass. She had believed that because someone needing saving they were savable. She had believed in these things, but not anymore. And this is why she had to rescue Jack, even though he might not hear what she had to tell him.
    -- Anne Ursu

    #Heart #Ice #Shoes

  • A boy got a splinter in his eye, and his heart turned cold. Only two people noticed. One was a witch, and she took him for her own. The other was his best friend. And she went after him in ill-considered shoes, brave and completely unprepared.
    -- Anne Ursu

    #Eye #Heart #Boys

  • I know my own heart to be entirely English.
    -- Anne, Princess Royal

    #Heart

  • I'd like to give you my heart, but since that might be inconvenient, I've brought you someone else's.
    -- Annette Curtis Klause

    #Heart #Giving #Might

  • Why me?" she asked, holding on to him. "Because you cared," he whispered. "You cared so much for your people, it broke your heart to see the pack in ruins. You cared so much for your mother, you risked your life for hers. You cared enough to save someone who wanted you dead. And because you walk like a queen.
    -- Annette Curtis Klause

    #Mother #Queens #Heart

  • My dear friend Jimmie Dodd was the heart and the soul of The Mickey Mouse Club.
    -- Annette Funicello

    #Heart #Soul #Clubs

  • I've always found Mr. Disney to be somewhat of a shy person, a kid at heart
    -- Annette Funicello

    #Heart #Kids #Shy

  • No soul that aspires can ever fail to rise; no heart that loves can ever be abandoned. Difficulties exist only that in overcoming them we may grow strong, and they who have suffered are able to save.
    -- Annie Besant

    #Inspirational #Strong #Heart

  • You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then-and only then-it is handed to you.
    -- Annie Dillard

    #Heart #Brain #Break

  • The world looks very different to me now at twenty. I have outgrown my early opinions and ideals with my short dresses, just as Mrs. Walton said we would. Now the critics can say 'Thou waitest till thy woman's fingers wrought the best that lay within thy woman's heart.'
    -- Annie Fellows Johnston

    #Heart #Ambition #Twenties

  • Fearless what that means to me, knowing your enough, when you know in your heart and your mind that you're enough you're fearless. It's not just a magazine, it's a lifestyle, right? So embrace that - I am fearless!
    -- Annie Ilonzeh

    #Heart #Mean #Knowing

  • The first thing I did with my very first camera was climb Mt. Fuji. Climbing Mt. Fuji is a lesson in determination and moderation. It would be fair to ask if I took the moderation part to heart. But it certainly was a lesson in respecting your camera. If I was going to live with this thing, I was going to have to think about what that meant. There were not going to be any pictures without it.
    -- Annie Leibovitz

    #Determination #Heart #Thinking

  • Sometimes I enjoy just photographing the surface because I think it can be as revealing as going to the heart of the matter.
    -- Annie Leibovitz

    #Heart #Thinking #Matter

  • There must be an angel playing with my heart.
    -- Annie Lennox

    #Angel #Heart #My Heart

  • I also started writing songs because I had this burning activity in my heart and had to express myself.
    -- Annie Lennox

    #Song #Writing #Heart

  • Was love then like a bag of assorted sweets passed around from which one might choose more than once? Some might sting the tongue, some invoke night perfume. Some had centers as bitter as gall, some blended honey and poison, some were quickly swallowed. And among the common bull's-eyes and peppermints a few rare ones; one or two with deadly needles at the heart, another that brought clam and gentle pleasure. Were his fingers closing on that one?
    -- Annie Proulx

    #Sweet #Eye #Heart

  • Everybody that went away suffered a broken heart. "I'm coming back some day," they all wrote. But never did. The old life was too small to fit anymore.
    -- Annie Proulx

    #Heart #Broken #Fit

  • ... there are four women in every man’s heart. The Maid in the Meadow, the Demon Lover, the Stouthearted Woman, the Tall and Quiet Woman.
    -- Annie Proulx

    #Heart #Men #Maids

  • We cannot enter the realm of the heart where one gender, representing half of the human race, is subordinated, suppressed, or forgotten. In fact, such a system negatively affects both men and women, holding us all back from true integration, collaboration, and union.
    -- Anodea Judith

    #Inspirational #Heart #Men

  • It is only by embracing the full spectrum of human consciousness that we can bring about a true awakening of the heart
    -- Anodea Judith

    #Heart #Awakening #Consciousness

  • Physically, the heart is an organ that keeps us alive through a coordinated network of cells beating together. Spiritually, the heart is the center of love, the force that makes our lives worthwhile. Globally, the heart is a symbol of a new organizing principle for how to live together on this finite jewel of a planet.
    -- Anodea Judith

    #Heart #Cells #Jewels

  • While I was the mayor of Bogotá, I received occasional death threats. Therefore, I had to use a bullet-proof vest. I made a hole right where my heart is. The hole was in the shape of a heart. I believe this kind of gesture, gave me indeed more protection.
    -- Antanas Mockus

    #Believe #Heart #Use