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Closed Lips and Open Hearts

PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:02 pm
by Sabina
I came across these words....

"Never close your lips to those
whom you have opened your heart."

Charles Dickens


I really liked it so I went to find out from which book or story it is from, and found this:

"To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart."
Charles Dickens, from "Master Humphrey's Clock" (1840-1841)

The first and widely spread quote is in commandment form while the original quote is of a character expressing their personal opinion, about themselves.

What are your thoughts on this discrepancy?

Re: Closed Lips and Open Hearts

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:46 pm
by mirjana
The first quote, although signed by his name, sounds as a description of an original quote. Being that it has lost the message of the original. At least, this is my understanding.
I like very much the original quote and it is great that you was curious to find out from where it comes. =0)
Being a master of words, it is so logical to have this sentence in his work. I agree with that and behave accordingly in my life. I could never understand that people have emotions of any kind, but not a need to express them.