Definitions: (1) the seat of tender emotion; (2) possessing a loving character; affectionate; (3) the capacity for kindness; benevolence; (4) exhibiting a generous disposition; compassionate <a leader with heart>; (5) courage; hardihood; (6) the inmost thoughts or feelings, consciousness, or conscience; (7) enthusiasm; energy; spirit; <a resolute heart>; (8) the vital or essential part; the real meaning; the core <the heart of the matter>
— Richard Adler (1921-2012) American Lyricist and Jerry Ross (1926-1955) American Composer
Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point. (French): “The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”
In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
I believe that more is to be known and apprehended from the beauty of a face than in delving, no matter how deep, simply into how things work, no matter how marvelous they may be. The greatest substance of the world is immaterial, the province of the heart, and its study cannot be forced or reasoned. Merely to touch upon the edge of things in parsing their mechanics is to foreswear their fullness, for the entry to this fullness lies not in science but in art. — Mark Helprin (1947 -) Il Colore Ritrovato
Symbols: 1) the lotus flower; 2) apple blossoms [the heart’s delights]; 3) gold [the heart of earthly wealth]; 4) the sun [the heart of our universe]; 5) the human heart [the center of the body, therefore, the center of eternity]