| Civilizations proceed from the heart rather
than from the head.
- Letter to Alvert Sonnichsen, 18 March 1901
You can't reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
The heart is the real fountain of youth.
- Notebook, 1898
One learns peoples through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect.
- "What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us"
It is in the heart that the values lie. I wish I could make him understand
that a loving heart is riches, and riches enough, and that without it
intellect is poverty.
The heart has no use for the artifices of training or education or dramatic invention when it has a tale to tell.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 (2013), p. 127. Dictated 18 June 1906.
When the heart has something to say the product is literature, no matter whether
the phrasing loyally follows accepted literary forms or splendidly ignores them,
as the freshet ignores the dam.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 (2013), p. 188-89. Dictated 29 August 1906.
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