- But, spite of all the criticising elves,
Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.
- Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (1761), line 961.
- Immediate feeling is certainly the first, is the vital force; in it is life, just as it is indeed said that from the heart flows life. But then this feeling must “be kept,” understood in the same way as when it said, “Keep your heart, for from it flows life.” It must be cleansed of selfishness, kept from selfishness; it must not be left to its own devices, but, on the contrary, that which is to kept must be entrusted to the power of something higher that keeps it – just as the loving mother prays to God to keep her child. In immediate feeling, one human being never understands the other. As soon as something happens to him personally, he understands everything differently. When he himself is suffering, he does not understand another’s suffering, and when he himself is happy he still does not understand it. Immediate feeling selfishly understands everything in relation to itself and therefore is in the disunion of double-mindedness with all others, because there can be unity only in the soundly understood equality of sincerity, and in selfish shortsightedness his conviction is continually being changed, or it is chance that it is not changed, since the reason for this is that by chance his life is not touched by any change. But such firmness of conviction is a delusion on the part of the pampered, because a conviction is not firm when everything forces it upon one, as it were, and makes it firm, but its firmness manifests itself in the ups and downs of everything. Rarely, indeed, does a person’s life avoid all changes, and in the changes the conviction of immediate feeling is a delusion, the momentary impression blown up into a view of life as a whole.
- Soren Kierkegaard Ubbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits, 1847 p. 71-72
- Feeling is deep and still; and the word that floats on the surface
Is as the tossing buoy, that betrays where the anchor is hidden.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (1847), Part II, scene 2, line 212.
- For there are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion,
That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble
Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret,
Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), Part VI. Priscilla, line 12.
- Some feelings are to mortals given,
With less of earth in them than heaven.
- Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake (1810), Canto II, Stanza 22.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 270.
- He thought as a sage, though he felt as a man.
- James Beattie, The Hermit, line 8.
- Era of good feeling.
- Title of article in Boston Centinal (July 12, 1817).
- Thought is deeper than all speech,
Feeling deeper than all thought;
Souls to souls can never teach
What unto themselves was taught.
- C. P. Cranch, Thought.
- The moment of finding a fellow-creature is often as full of mingled doubt and exultation, as the moment of finding an idea.
- George Eliot, Daniel Deronda, Book II, Chapter XVII.
- Wenn ihr's nicht fühlt ihr werdet's nicht erjagen.
- The wealth of rich feelings—the deep—the pure;
With strength to meet sorrow, and faith to endure.
- Frances S. Osgood, to F. D. Maurice.
- The soul of music slumbers in the shell,
Till wak'd and kindled by the master's spell,
And feeling hearts touch them but lightly—pour
A thousand melodies unheard before!
- Samuel Rogers, Human Life, line 359.
- Sensations sweet,
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart.
- William Wordsworth, Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey.