quote by Charles Dickens

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

— Charles Dickens

Most Powerful Hardened quotations

Education should foster; this education is meant to repress. Education should inspire; this education is meant to tame. Education should harden; this education is meant to enervate. The English are too wise a people to attempt to educate the Irish in any worthy sense. As well expect them to arm us.

When Heaven is about to confer a great office on a man, it first exercises his mind with suffering, and his sinews and bones with toil ; it exposes his body to hunger, and subjects him to extreme poverty ; it confounds his undertakings. By all these methods it stimulates his mind, hardens his nature, and supplies his incompetencies.

If the heart becomes hardened, the eye becomes dry.

The real test is not whether you avoid failure, because you won't.

It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it. . .

Likewise today, some Christians are content to merely exist until they die.

They don't want to risk anything, to believe God, to grow or mature. They refuse to believe his Word, and have become hardened in their unbelief. Now they're living just to die.

A preacher should have the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child, and the hide of a rhinoceros. His problem is how to toughen his hide without hardening his heart.

Unforgiveness is the most prolific cause of disease.

It will harden arteries or liver, and affect the eye-sight. In its train are endless ills.

Corporal punishment is as humiliating for him who gives it as for him who receives it; it is ineffective besides. Neither shame nor physical pain have any other effect than a hardening one.

When free discussion is denied, hardening of the arteries of democracy has set in, free institutions are but a lifeless form, and the death of the republic is at hand.

Kids have to be tough to survive on the streets of Kathmandu, where older gang members often beat and rob them. They face cold winters, hunger, homelessness, and unsympathetic police. But under each hardened shell there is still a child.

A cement mixer collided with a prison van on the Kingston Pass.

Motorists are asked to be on the lookout for 16 hardened criminals.

I've seen many men die right in front of me - so many in fact that I've become almost hardened to it. Having seen the worst that human beings can do to each other, the results of torture, mutilation and seeing someone blown to pieces by a bomb, you develop a kind of shell. But you had to. You had to. Otherwise, we would never have won.

There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.

There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

Don’t be afraid to speak from personal experience;

in many ways, those vulnerable moments will be the key that unlocks a hardened heart.

Does capital punishment tend to the security of the people? By no means.

It hardens the hearts of men, and makes the loss of life appear light to them; and it renders life insecure, inasmuch as the law holds out that property is of greater value than life.

All in all, punishment hardens and renders people more insensible;

it concentrates; it increases the feeling of estrangement; it strengthens the power of resistance.

The longer men sin, the more easily they can;

for every act of transgression weakens conscience, stupefies intellect, hardens hearts, adds force to bad habits, and takes force from good example. And, surely, there is nothing in such associations; as wicked affinities will insure to the sinner in the future state, to incline him to repentance.

I was a daughterless mother. I had nowhere to put the things a mother places on her daughter. The nail polish I used to paint our toenails hardened. Our favorite videos gathered dust. Her small apron was in a box in the attic. Her shoes - the sparkly ones, the leopard rain boots, the ballet slippers - stood in a corner.

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.

One doesn't lose a self, like a pair of gloves or a pine.

We learn and change, or we harden into stone.

We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.

Rage and bitterness do not foster femininity. They harden the heart and make the body sick.

Healing is embracing what is most feared;

healing is opening what has been closed, softening what has hardened into obstruction, healing is learning to trust life.

You don't have the game you played last year or last week.

You only have today's game. It may be far from your best, but that's all you've got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.

Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.

Better a broken heart than a hardened one.

Children keep us in check. Their laughter prevents our hearts from hardening. Their dreams ensure we never lose our drive to make ours a better world. They are the greatest disciplinarians known to mankind.

Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens its muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part of the faithful subjects. Christian character grows in the secret-place of prayer.

Certainty is a cruel mindset. It hardens our minds against possibility.

Rectitude carried to excess hardens into stiffness;

benevolence indulged beyond measure sinks into weakness.

Don't think being 'religious' means becoming harsh or hard.

When Allah enters a heart, He softens it--He doesn't harden it.

What fire does not destroy, it hardens

I don't think any drug that can cause brain damage, failing kidneys, hardening arteries, pain, and suffering should be made available.