conscious subjective experience of emotion
Feeling can also refer to tactile sensation.
- Below the surface stream, shallow and light,
Of what we say and feel—below the stream,
As light, of what we think we feel, there flows
With noiseless current, strong, obscure and deep,
The central stream of what we feel indeed.
- Matthew Arnold, St. Paul and Protestantism (1870)
- The Stoics in describing the feelings as "indefinite cognitions," had in mind something which in most text-books on psychiatry is not included in the conception of feelings; they thought pre-eminently of intellectual processes. To the scholastics the feelings were either a desire for the good -or an aversion to the bad, in other words pleasure and displeasure, to which was added a certain ethical value, and a special emphasis upon the voluntaristic principle which is always contained in the "feelings." If Hegel calls feeling "intelligence on the threshold of it's immediateness," and Volkmar "the becoming conscious of the degree of tension of ideation," we can not deny that these are words which mean little more than nothing to the practical psychologist, the psychopathologist; nor are we any better off when we take into account the explanations which are always indispensable for the understanding of such "definitions." Kant expressed himself most clearly and correctly on this subject, but without effect upon his successors however, whose conceptions are not much clearer than those of the earlier philosophers.
- Eugen Bleuler 1857-1939 Affectivity, suggestibility, paranoia 1912 p. 2
- ‘External feelings’ refer to physical feelings, feelings of pleasure, pain, and neither pleasure nor pain in the various parts of the body. ‘Internal feelings’ refer to the feelings of pain, pleasure, and neither pleasure nor pain in the heart. ... These things are the bosses, lording it over the heart. ... The heart is their vessel, their seat. That’s where they sit. Or you could say it’s their toilet, because that’s where they defecate. Whichever one comes along, it gets right up there on the heart. Now pain jumps up there and defecates. Now pleasure gets up there and defecates. Now a feeling of neither pleasure nor pain gets up there and defecates. They keep defecating like this, and the heart is content to let them do this, because it doesn’t have the mindfulness or discernment to shake them off and not let them defecate. This is why we have to develop a great deal of mindfulness and discernment so that we can fight them off.
- Ajahn Maha Bua, Straight from the Heart
- Pleasant feeling is impermanent, conditioned, dependently-arisen, bound to decay, to vanish, to fade away, to cease—and so too are painful feeling and neutral feeling. So anyone who, on experiencing a pleasant feeling, thinks: "This is my self", must, at the cessation of that pleasant feeling, think: "My self has gone!"
- But, spite of all the criticising elves,
Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.
- Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (1761), line 961.
- [I]t is quite certain that only through the equal presence to successive feeling of a subject other than they, which holds them together, and thus held together regards them as its object, are there related things or relations at all. It is not that first there are relations then they are conceived. Every relation is constituted by an act of conception. This is not to be understood as meaning that there is 'nothing but the soul and its feelings,' or that realities are feelings, even feelings as determined by thought. It is through feeling as determined by thought that for us there comes to be reality, but the reality is not to be identified with the process by which we, as thinking animals, arrive at it. Even simple facts of feeling (e.g. the fact that a certain sweet smell accompanies the sight of a rose) are not feelings as felt: more clearly, the conditions of such facts are not feelings, even as determined by thought. A 'feeling determined by thought' would probably mean a feeling which but for thought I should not have, e.g. emotion at the spectacle of a tragedy. Objective facts are not of this sort, not feelings determined by thought, though but for the determination of feeling by thought they would not exist for our consciousness.
- Feelings! I have no time for them, no chance of them. I pass my whole life, miss, in turning an immense pecuniary Mangle.
- I am very conscious of the fact that our feelings and strivings are often contradictory and obscure and that they cannot be expressed in easy and simple formulas.
- Immediate feeling is certainly the first, is the vital force; in it is life, just as it is indeed said that from the heart flows life. But then this feeling must “be kept,” understood in the same way as when it said, “Keep your heart, for from it flows life.” It must be cleansed of selfishness, kept from selfishness; it must not be left to its own devices, but, on the contrary, that which is to kept must be entrusted to the power of something higher that keeps it – just as the loving mother prays to God to keep her child. In immediate feeling, one human being never understands the other. As soon as something happens to him personally, he understands everything differently. When he himself is suffering, he does not understand another’s suffering, and when he himself is happy he still does not understand it. Immediate feeling selfishly understands everything in relation to itself and therefore is in the disunion of double-mindedness with all others, because there can be unity only in the soundly understood equality of sincerity, and in selfish shortsightedness his conviction is continually being changed, or it is chance that it is not changed, since the reason for this is that by chance his life is not touched by any change. But such firmness of conviction is a delusion on the part of the pampered, because a conviction is not firm when everything forces it upon one, as it were, and makes it firm, but its firmness manifests itself in the ups and downs of everything. Rarely, indeed, does a person’s life avoid all changes, and in the changes the conviction of immediate feeling is a delusion, the momentary impression blown up into a view of life as a whole.
- Soren Kierkegaard Ubbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits, 1847 p. 71-72.
- How much we give to thoughts and things our tone-painting,
And judge of others' feelings by our own!
- Sentiment, by the by, is one of those ill-used words which, from being often misemployed, require a definition when properly applied. Sentiment is the poetry of feeling. Feeling weeps over the grave of the beloved — sentiment weeps, and plants the early flower and the green tree, to weep too.
- With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently he who moulds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed.
- Abraham Lincoln, first debate with Stephen Douglas Ottawa, Illinois (21 August 1858)
- Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them. Stretch out with your feelings!
- "Trust your feelings!"—But feelings are nothing final or original; behind the feelings there stand judgments and evaluations. ... The inspiration born of feeling is the grandchild of a judgment—and often a false judgment! And in any event not a child of your own! To trust one’s feelings means to give more obedience to one’s grandfather and grandmother and their grandparents than to the gods which are in us: our reason and our experience.
- There is nothing in the real world which is merely an inert fact. Every reality is there for feeling: it promotes feeling; and it is felt.
- Feeling is deep and still; and the word that floats on the surface
Is as the tossing buoy, that betrays where the anchor is hidden.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (1847), Part II, scene 2, line 212.
- For there are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion,
That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble
Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret,
Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), Part VI. Priscilla, line 12.
- Your thoughts, feelings and mental pictures can be called incipient exterior events, for in one way or another, each of these is materialized into physical reality.
- Jane Roberts, (1974) in The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 9-10, Session 613.
- Some feelings are to mortals given,
With less of earth in them than heaven.
- Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake (1810), Canto II, Stanza 22.
- I just wanna feel real love
Feel the home that I live in
'Cause I got too much life
Running through my veins
Going to waste
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 270.
- He thought as a sage, though he felt as a man.
- James Beattie, The Hermit, line 8.
- Era of good feeling.
- Title of article in Boston Centinal (July 12, 1817).
- Thought is deeper than all speech,
Feeling deeper than all thought;
Souls to souls can never teach
What unto themselves was taught.
- C. P. Cranch, Thought.
- The moment of finding a fellow-creature is often as full of mingled doubt and exultation, as the moment of finding an idea.
- George Eliot, Daniel Deronda (1876), Book II, Chapter XVII.
- Wenn ihr's nicht fühlt ihr werdet's nicht erjagen.
- The wealth of rich feelings—the deep—the pure;
With strength to meet sorrow, and faith to endure.
- Frances S. Osgood, to F. D. Maurice.
- Every morning
I wake up with the news
I feel my body,
desperate to know whether
I’m still alive.
- I am tipsy after my
themselves have become wine.
I forget myself, world and all.
- Suman Pokhrel, The Taj Majal and My Love
- I was feeling like mad
by the melody of birds
singing out of tune
in the settlements
where travels lose
their own destinations
- Suman Pokhrel, Among freed Bonded-Labourers
- The lovers feel that they are content
looking at each other from a distance.
The repulsiveness caused by heat between them,
is more powerful than all cravings for love and lust.
- The soul of music slumbers in the shell,
Till wak'd and kindled by the master's spell,
And feeling hearts touch them but lightly—pour
A thousand melodies unheard before!
- Samuel Rogers, Human Life, line 359.
- It was perfectly clear to me that this order spelled the death of millions of people. I said to Eichmann, 'God grant that our enemies never have the opportunity of doing the same to the German people', in reply to which Eichmann told me not to be sentimental; it was an order of the Fuhrer's and would have to be carried out.
- Dieter Wisliceny quoted in "Gestapo: Instrument of Tyranny" - Page 241 - by Edward Crankshaw - History - 1956
- Sensations sweet,
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart.
- William Wordsworth, Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey.