“The heart has reasons that reason cannot know,” is my favorite quote about the heart. “Your heart changes everything” isn’t one of the most popular heart quotes, but it changes how I do everything. And that makes it a truly transformative quote about the heart.
If your heart isn’t in it, it’s not worth doing. That goes for love relationships, work projects, and even volunteer jobs or service opportunities. If you’re committed to doing something that your heart isn’t in, you have two choices: 1) Decide not to do the task; or 2) Change your heart…because your heart changes everything.
“Above all else, guard your heart because everything you do flows from it,” is one of the most famous “heart quotes” from the Bible. People quote Scripture more than they realize — especially verses from Psalms and Proverbs! The quote about guarding your heart is from Proverbs 4:23. It inspired me to write How to Guard Your Heart in a Relationship.
We don’t fully understand what the heart is or what it’s capable of. Your heart isn’t just the seat of your emotions and feelings. It’s much more — and more powerful — than that! Your heart determines what you trust, hope in, live for, and talk about. Whatever you set your heart on has the power to control everything you do. That’s why guarding your heart is so important.
You’ll find at least seven more heart quotes below, woven through my thoughts about how your heart changes everything. At the end of this blog post you’ll find a nice tidy list of 15 more heart quotes.
21 (or More!) Quotes About the Heart
Robin Williams once said, “There are no rules. Just follow your heart.” I don’t know what he was talking about; celebrities’ quotes about the heart (and everything else) are often misunderstood, misquoted, and taken out of context. Robin Williams may have been talking about stand up comedy, acting, or even driving!
The problem with just following your heart is that you can’t always trust your heart. Your heart may be broken, bitter, or beaten. Your heart may be set on something that isn’t good for you, or that could actually harm you. The problem is that your heart has reasons that reason cannot know (my favorite of all the heart quotes)…which means you can’t always trust your heart.
Your heart changes everything
“If I had that, then I’d be happy.”
“That is the only [relationship, family, body, bucket-list experience, goal, job] that I really need.”
“That fills my life with meaning and value. It’s the answer to my prayers.”
What is your that?
Mine was the security of a family and the reassurance of a big financial safety net. Maybe your that is getting married or having a better relationship with your husband or wife. Maybe your that is forgiving someone who betrayed, hurt, or abandoned you. Maybe your that is healing a broken heart, and finding happiness. Maybe your that is financial security or a loving family. Maybe you covet and cheat, lie and steal to get that. Like I did. Like King David did.
Your heart beats for that.
“You can’t reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.” – Mark Twain.
The heart of the matter
Your heart isn’t just the source of your emotions and feelings. Your heart is the seat of your entire self. It is part of your emotional limbic system, buried deep in the center of your brain. The limbic system controls your memory, beliefs, emotions, attention, and will. Your heart the center of this system, driving your thoughts, actions, and most fundamental commitments. It shapes everything you hope for, believe in, look to, and live for. Your heart is set on whatever you think is most important in your life…even if you’re wrong. Even if you’re chasing something that isn’t good for you.
Your heart has the power to control how you think and feel about everything.
Ray Davis said, “Following all the rules leaves a completed checklist, following your heart achieves a completed you.” This is one of those heart quotes that sounds great. But again I caution you to be careful what your heart is set on. Your heart changes everything…including your destiny.
All your decisions, choices, and actions flow from your heart. It determines who and what you love. Your heart dictates what you find beautiful, who you yearn for, how you live. Your heart drives every relationship, goal, and desire in your life.
Can you trust your heart?
“No one can really see what he loves. How many people worship God without ever getting a look at him? What can eyes see that the heart can’t see better?”- Lydia.
Your heart doesn’t just change everything, it can be your biggest enemy. That’s why Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
You’ve already experienced the deceit and treachery of your own heart. Maybe you were shocked at how cold, hard, and uncaring your heart was (or still is!). Maybe you’re sad because your heart is broken, lonely, or weak. Maybe you’re ashamed because your heart is proud, spiteful, or jealous. Maybe you’re scared because your heart is anxious, lost, confused.
Maybe you wish your heart was different, but you don’t know how to soften a hard heart or heal your broken heart. Your heart changes everything, but how do you change your heart? I wanted to write a book about that, which is why I wrote a “Your Heart Changes Everything” Book Proposal. Now I realize that I should’ve included more heart quotes in the introduction and sample chapter. Quotes about the heart are powerful.
From your head to your heart
“The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.” – Andrew Bennett. (Actually, that may be my favorite quote about the heart!).
I’ve been attending Christian churches in Canada and Africa for over twenty years. I’ve led home groups, facilitated workshops, even served as a deacon. And I constantly struggled with Biblical but inapplicable church sermons, group discussions, and Christian living books. I heard the same parables and prayers over and over. I knew God loved me so much He sent Jesus to die for my sins…but what difference did it make in my daily life? Not much.
My head was filled with knowledge, but my heart was cold.
“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” – God in Ezekiel 11:19.
I needed a change of heart — and God gave it to me! Not overnight, not easily, and not painlessly. But it happened: I learned how to love Jesus for who he is, not for what he could do for me. I developed a personal, tangible relationship with the Holy Spirit. My faith shifted from theory to practice, mind to soul. I couldn’t force transformation or growth, but I could create conditions for God to melt and change my heart.
My heart is soft, surrendered, healed, and almost always broken…like the heart of Jesus.
“If you haven’t had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature.” – Phyllis Battelle.
15 (or More!) Heart Quotes
It’s time to get serious! Here are the rest and best of the heart quotes…
“Lord… our heart is restless, till it rest in Thee.” – Augustine.
“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.” – Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis. (Are you searching for heart quotes because you’re brokenhearted? Read Words of Comfort When Your Heart is Broken).
“Leaning against the man, she spoke gentle words coming straight from the heart, which had become soft as a fig.” – Jean Giono (1895–1970).
“Accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.” – Khalil Gibran. (Reminds me of Plato’s “this, too, shall pass” quote. I would’ve included it here but it’s not a quote about the heart).
“A heart to love, and in that heart, Courage, to make love known.” – Shakespeare’s Macbeth. (If you’re afraid to trust your heart, read Are You Scared to Follow the Desires of Your Heart?).
“All that is worth cherishing begins in the heart.” – Suzanne Chapin.
“Every heart has its dark recesses, its cheerful sunny parlors, and its attic chambers.” – James Lendall Basford (1845–1915).
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am.” – Sylvia Plath. (Did she know she was quoting God? Probably. Sylvia Plath was a smart woman).
“Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use.” – Carlos Castaneda. (A much more beautiful way to say “If my heart isn’t in it, I don’t want to do it.).
“My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.” – William Sharp, The Lonely Hunter.
“Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.” – John Heywood. (Are you limping along with a broken heart? Read How to Cope With Heartache After the Break Up).
“Your heart knows you, even if you don’t yet know your heart.” – Luke Austen.
“Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen carefully.” – Littlefoot’s mother, Land Before Time.
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” – Joseph Campbell.
“Seek the wise and loving counsel of your Higher Self in the secret chamber of your heart.” – Marilyn C. Barrick.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22.
And there, dearheart, are the best heart quotes I can find. Feel free to add your own favorite quotes about the heart in the comments section below.
Remember that Your Heart Changes Everything!
We began with my favorite quote about the heart…and thus we shall end. “The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things.” – Blaise Pascal.