I am what I am ....

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Apr 23 17:28:00 UTC 2010

Also, Pascal's "The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of"; and, in the old Connie Francis song, "The heart has a mind of its own."


---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:04:03 -0400
>From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> (on behalf of Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU>)>>
>> I suppose it's not so well known that "The heart wants what it wants"
>> appears in a letter from Emily Dickinson (1862).
>Interesting! But it's the full (non-pronominalized) version that has
>circulated more widely, despite Emily and Woody. TV screenwriters love
>it -- I've heard it on recent episodes of "Lost" and "Law and Order."
>Another variant is "The heart knows what the heart knows," used in
>Stephen King's novel _Cell_, inter alia.
>--Ben Zimmer

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