Sensibility refers to an acute perception of or responsiveness toward something, such as the emotions of another. This concept emerged in eighteenth-century Britain, and was closely associated with studies of sense perception as the means through which knowledge is gathered. It also became associated with sentimental moral philosophy.
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Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 698.
- Chords that vibrate sweetest pleasure
Thrill the deepest notes of wo.
- Robert Burns, Sweet Sensibility.
- Susceptible persons are more affected by a change of tone than by unexpected words.
- George Eliot, Adam Bede, Chapter XXVII.
- Noli me tangere.
- Do not wish to touch me. Touch me not.
- John, XX. 17. From the Vulgate.
- And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers
Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.
- Thomas Moore, O Think Not My Spirits.
- It seem'd as if each thought and look
And motion were that minute chain'd
Fast to the spot such root she took,
And—like a sunflower by a brook,
With face upturn'd—so still remain'd!
- Thomas Moore, Loves of the Angels, First Angel's Story, line 33.
- To touch the quick.
- Sophocles, Ajax, 786.
- Too quick a sense of constant infelicity.
- Jeremy Taylor, Sermon.
- I sit with my toes in a brook.
And if any one axes forwhy?
I hits them a rap with my crook,
For 'tis sentiment does it, says I.
- Horace Walpole. See Cunningham's Walpole.