"The metaphorical human heart is like a piece of paper. It goes through many different folds and changes and can become virtually any shape or form. But the hard creases, the folds unfolded, will remain forever but can be used to create new shapes."
"It looks fine; it sounds fine. But if you don't look after it, if you're always running hot, or your system's full of shit, your impeller blades wear down, your bushes go, your gaskets start to leak. But it still looks and sounds fine, till suddenly one day you find yourself stopped at the roadside, boiling over. You open your bonnet and you say, shit, my water pump's fucked. "
"The human heart is like a flea market of desires, and people need to know how to pick out the good from the bad, Pope Francis said."
"The human heart is like a boat in the ocean of dunya. The boat that allows the oceans water to enter breaks and then drowns. The human heart that allows this dunya to enter, breaks and drowns. And becomes owned. Owned by this life. Owned by our gadgets, our facebook, our jobs, the distractions, the fashion trends, the marketing tools, the money, the power, the status. "
dunya="this world - and its earthly concerns and possessions"
"The human heart is like receptive soil to the seed of the Word of God. Jesus used this analogy in the parable of the sower "
"The human heart is like a vacuum too. If it feels empty, we will fill it. Sometimes we choose poorly in the filling of our hearts. Once sin finds a home in our heart and mind, showing up in our habits and lifestyle, there's really just one way to eliminate it effectively. In a practical sense, it can't be simply removed or forgotten. When you pull something from a vacuum, low pressure forces draw it-or something else nearby-back into it. It must be replaced, selectively, with something good. "
"That's what happened on Easter morning. Jesus' sacrificial death and resurrection on our behalf was the beginning of the end for Satan, because it destroyed his foothold in the contested territory of our hearts. Every human being who turns in repentant faith to Christ the Rescuer dies with Christ to his sins, and is raised in Christ to a new kind of life. Of course this new life takes root only gradually, but as Lewis explained, the entry of Christ into a human heart is like the landing of the Marines on the strategic part of an enemy-occupied island. Once the Marines establish their beachhead, the expulsion of the enemy from the rest of the island is only a matter of time. "
"Thus, the human heart is like a tub of [muddy] water. Place it upright and do not move it, and the muddiness/impurities will settle to the bottom, and the water surface will be clear and bright enough to mirror the beard and eyebrows, and show the complexion's condition."
"When it comes to keeping focused on the mission, the human heart is like a car that is severely out of alignment. The moment you take your hands off of the wheel, the car drifts quickly toward the ditch of "social ministry." Social ministry is easy and non-controversial. As pastors, we have to continually pull people back to evangelism. We are committed to blessing the city and meeting her social felt needs, but our primary purpose is bringin people to Jesus."
"Detachment from material things is essential for attachment to God. According to Sheen, the human heart is like a stream that loses its depth as it divides its waters of affection into many channels. A patriot cannot serve more than one country, and a truly religious person cannot serve both God and Mammon. This is the choice that the designer religion has failed to make. "
"The human heart is like a broken clock that keeps working"
"The depraved human heart is like a factory machine that produces broken products."
"The world is filled with despair, injustice and suffering. Humanity is remote from God, and cannot approach God because the human heart is like the black pit of Tehran, foul and filled with vermin. This nightmarish hell arising from the evil promptings of the human heart leaves humanity with a sense of hopelessness and sorrow. But the Light of God can illumine the darkest dungeon. Our only hope is to draw nearer to God, to become more like God, and this we cannot do except to draw ever closer to the Manifestation of God, in fervent prayer and meditation. "
"You can have everything but don't let it control you. You have to know when to be satisfied. The human heart is like a snake that wants to swallow an elephant. When people have too much, they become greedy. When too little, they steal. Observe yourself. Don't worry about past lives; just work on the present. The more you worry, the more you add weight to your tail. It's like scratching your own wound. "
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