„This is your heart. Keep it locked until the chap turns up who has the key.“

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American novelist 1876 - 1916

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„I am he who held both the keys of the heart of Frederick, and who turned them, locking and unlocking so softly.“

—  Dante Alighieri, book Inferno

Canto XIII, lines 58–60 (tr. C. E. Norton).
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Inferno

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„Live day by day and always keep your head up high, transforming your heart every day.“

—  Prevale Italian DJ and producer 1983

Original: Vivi giorno per giorno e avanza sempre a testa alta trasformando ogni giorno come desidera il tuo cuore.

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„The old Rounder in the iron mask slipped me the master key, somebody had to unlock your heart, he said it was up to me.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

Song lyrics, Biograph (1985), Up to Me (recorded 1974)

„Your heart is the size of your fist; keep loving, keep fighting.“

—  Ariel Gore American writer 1970

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„Heart, my heart, so battered with misfortune far beyond your strength,
up, and face the men who hate us.“

—  Archilochus Ancient Greek lyric poet -680 - -645 BC

Fragment 67, as translated by R. Lattimore http://www.rhapsodes.fll.vt.edu/arkhilokhos67.htm
Variant translations:
Soul, my soul, don't let them break you,
all these troubles. Never yield:
though their force is overwhelming,
up! attack them shield to shield...
"Archilochos: To His Soul" : A fragment http://web.archive.org/20030629194753/geocities.com/joncpoetics/translations/Archsoul.htm as translated from the Greek by Jon Corelis http://web.archive.org/20030805055937/www.geocities.com/joncpoetics/
Take the joy and bear the sorrow,
looking past your hopes and fears:
learn to recognize the measured
dance that orders all our years.
"Archilochos: To His Soul" : A fragment, as translated from the Greek by Jon Corelis
Fragments
Original: (el) θυμέ, θύμ᾽ ἀμηχάνοισι κήδεσιν κυκώμενε,
ἄνα δέ, δυσμενέων δ᾽ ἀλέξευ προσβαλὼν ἐναντίον
στέρνον, ἐν δοκοῖσιν ἐχθρῶν πλησίον κατασταθείς
ἀσφαλέως· καὶ μήτε νικῶν ἀμφαδὴν ἀγάλλεο
μηδὲ νικηθεὶς ἐν οἴκωι καταπεσὼν ὀδύρεο.
ἀλλὰ χαρτοῖσίν τε χαῖρε καὶ κακοῖσιν ἀσχάλα
μὴ λίην· γίνωσκε δ᾽ οἷος ῥυσμὸς ἀνθρώπους ἔχει.
Context: Heart, my heart, so battered with misfortune far beyond your strength,
up, and face the men who hate us. Bare your chest to the assault
of the enemy, and fight them off. Stand fast among the beamlike spears.
Give no ground; and if you beat them, do not brag in open show,
nor, if they beat you, run home and lie down on your bed and cry.
Keep some measure in the joy you take in luck, and the degree you
give way to sorrow. All our life is up-and-down like this.

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„Your hair has turned white
While your heart stayed
Knotted against me.
I shall never
Loosen it now.“

—  Kakinomoto no Hitomaro Japanese poet 662 - 710

XXI, p. 23
Kenneth Rexroth's translations, One Hundred Poems from the Japanese (1955)
Original: (da) Kurokami no
Shira kami made to
Musubiteshi
Kokoro hitotsu wo
Ima takame ya mo

„Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.“

—  Mary Oliver American writer 1935 - 2019

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„You gave me the key to your heart, my love, then why did you make me knock?“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824

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„And now deep in his weary heart
Are sacred flames that whitely burn.
He has of Heaven's grace a part
Who loves, who is beloved in turn.“

—  Joyce Kilmer, Trees and Other Poems

Trees and Other Poems (1914), Delicatessen
Context: For, once he thrilled with high romance
And tuned to love his eager voice.
Like any cavalier of France
He wooed the maiden of his choice.
And now deep in his weary heart
Are sacred flames that whitely burn.
He has of Heaven's grace a part
Who loves, who is beloved in turn.

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