Thursday, April 11, 2013


I would like to announce a universal prohibition. No one is allowed any more, anywhere, ever, to use the expression, "I know it in my heart."

You don't know anything with your heart, either in the literal, medical sense or the metaphorical, poetic sense. You know things with your brain. Your heart, in the physical sense, is for pumping blood, and nothing else. In the metaphorical, poetic sense, it is for feeling and possibly intution (whatever that is).

Knowing is a head-thing. You use your brain, your observations, intellect and reason, to know things.

Knowing something "in your heart" is a symptom of our girlified, idiot-culture that can't tell the difference between feelings and reality, wants and needs, facts and wishes.




Anonymous said...

Hi, I found your blog from A painting posted be Sadie Valeri. I have been studying portraiture and more recently Tonalism. I briefly looked at your drawings. So nice to see your study. As for the heart, I still try to express feelings that come when I see something I like.

Anonymous said...

Except that "Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart."


Hermit Crab said...

Psalm 27:7

Dominus adiutor meus et protector meus:
in Ipso speravit cor meum, et adiutus sum,
et refloruit caro mea,
et ex voluntate mea confitebor Ei.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but back then people actually believed you thought with your heart, and that your brain was only useful for keeping your ears apart. Scripture is still referring to the use of intellect, whatever the metaphor. In modern times, referring to knowing something with your heart means eschewing reason for emotion (because we know more about anatomy), and it is this that Hilary is rightly scornful regarding.
Personally, my pet peeve is people who say "I feel that..." instead of "I think that..."

- Fr. Hair-Tonic

Dymphna said...

Whenever someone says "I know it in my heart," it's usually followed by "and that's why I'm leaving your dad for Fabio, the poolboy. He's my soulmate."

Anonymous said...

Love this. I can smell the sentimentality from a block away when I hear someone use that phrase or something similar like "God has put this on my heart..." (And it's almost always a female except when it's a beta male.) It pumps blood. Period. I often counter with: Does the heart transplant recipient wake up loving the donor's kids?


Anonymous said...

But Miss White, it's my heart that knows you and I will be good friends in Heaven. - Karen

Teresa B. said...

We all know what it in our hearts - two upper chambers, called the right and left atria, and two lower chambers, called the right and left ventricles. And I don't like to imagine those icky things in my heart.