Sermon quotes on the heart

Augustine of Hippo

Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.

Henry Ward Beecher

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



Henry Ward Beecher

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.

John Bunyan

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

John Calvin

Man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.

Johnny Depp

You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Le Petit Prince

Francis of Assisi

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

C.S. Lewis 

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.

The Four Loves

Martin Luther

Should anyone knock at my heart and say, “Who Lives here? I should reply, “Not Martin Luther, but the Lord Jesus Christ.”


Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.


Eugene Peterson

It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words.


R.C. Sproul

The word of God can be in the mind without being in the heart, but it cannot be in the heart without first being in the mind.

Andrew Strom

Many deceptions only appeal to us because there is something inside us that “wants” to believe them. They are seductive because of darkness and wrong motives in our own lives. We must search our hearts and root these out.

Elie Wiesel

My tradition teaches that no heart is as whole as a broken heart, and I would say that no faith is as solid as a wounded faith.



Dallas Willard 

 And his way is truly the way of the heart, or spirit. If we would walk with him, we must walk with him at that interior level. There are very few who really do not understand this about him. He saves us by realistic restoration of our heart to God and then by dwelling there with his Father through the distinctively divine Spirit. The heart thus renovated and inhabited is the only real hope of humanity on earth.

Renovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of Christ

George Bernard Shaw

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.

Man and Superman

John Quincy Adams

A stout heart, a clear conscience, and never despair

Hannah Anderson

When we are denied the very things our hearts long for, we learn to long for the one thing that will never be denied us, God Himself.

Rudyard Kipling

The tumult and the shouting dies,

The Captains and the Kings depart.

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice

A humble and a contrite heart.

A.A. Milne

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

Winnie the Pooh

Bruce Springsteen

Everybody’s got a hungry heart.

Martin Luther 

Should anyone knock at my heart and say,  “Who Lives here? I should reply, “Not Martin Luther, but the Lord Jesus Christ.”

John Calvin 

Each of us ought to endeavor to tear the thorns out of his heart, if we do not choose that the word of God should be choked; for there is not one of us whose heart is not filled with a vast quantity, and, as I may say, a thick forest, of thorns.

Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists, vol. 2. Eerdmans.

J.R.R. Tolkien

And then the heart of Eowyn changed, or else at last she understood it.”

The Return of the King

Charles H. Spurgeon

Hearts are broken in ten thousand ways, for this is a heart-breaking world; and Christ is good at healing all manner of heart-breaks.

Christ’s Hospital: A Sermon on Psalm 147:3.

Miguel de Cervantes

It is the prerogative and charm of beauty to win hearts.

Don Quixote (New York: HarperCollins, 2003), 237.

John of the Cross

I did not

have to ask my heart what it wanted,

because of all the desires I have ever known,

just one did I cling to

for it was the essence of

all desire:

to hold beauty in

my soul’s


Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, ed. Daniel Ladinsky (New York: Penguin Compass, 2002), 314.

Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy)

“A heart can be broken, but it keeps beating just the same.”

Fried Green Tomatoes, (Universal City Studios, 1991)

W.H. Auden

The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews.

Death’s Echo

Blaise Pascal

We arrive at the truth not by reason alone, but also by the heart.  

Tony Reinke

Satan blinds hearts by filling eyes with worthless things. His veil over human hearts today is a veil of pixels, and the chains of his spiritual bondage are tethered to the world’s theater.

Taken from Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke, © 2019, p.133. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org.


The heart itself is but a small vessel, yet dragons are there, and there are also lions; there are poisonous beasts and all the treasures of evil. But there too is God, the angels, the life and the kingdom, the light and the apostles, the heavenly cities and the treasuries of grace—all things are there.

Taken from Father Stephen, “The Treasures of the Heart,” Glory to God (radio program), Ancient Faith Radio, December 5, 2009.

W.H. Auden

The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews.

Death’s Echo

Peggy Crowley

Our heartbeats aren’t just the mechanical throbs of a diligent pump, but an intelligent language that significantly influences how we perceive and react to the world.

The HeartMath Solution (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2000, p.71.

Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic

The way to a person’s heart is to capture their imagination (mind), move their emotions (affections), and challenge their actions (will).

Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream, Moody Publishers, 2019.

Thoughts of Dog

i had a long talk. with my fren. about how to spot. a fake ball throw. the optimal strategy. is to follow the ball. with your eyes. instead of your heart.


Laurence Perrine and Thomas R. Arp

Our love of rhythm and meter, in fact, is directly “related to the beat of our hearts, the pulse of our blood, the intake and outflow of air from our lungs.

Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry (New York: Harcourt College Publishers, 1991), p.148.

Captain Renault (Claude Rains)

[With a gun pointed at his heart] “That is my least vulnerable spot.”

Casablanca, 1942.

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