a heart of stone

a heart of stone

an unfriendly and unkind character The sad condition of these refugees would move a heart of stone to sympathy.
Opposite of: a heart of gold
See also: heart, of, stone
References in classic literature ?
Whoever can look upon that mother's grief without springing to her relief has a heart of stone.
By day and night he made his moan: It would have stirred a heart of stone To see him wring his hoofs and groan, Because he could not jump.
It was the most romantic thing I ever saw--the river, the bridge of boats, the great fortress opposite, moonlight everywhere, and music fit to melt a heart of stone.
what a heart of stone he must have to presume on my poor nerves
I had no need to pretend; whether I chose or not, I spoke in a weeping voice that would have melted a heart of stone.
The cry was repeated, and in terms and tones that might have melted a heart of stone, but it was unanswered.
Captain Anthony had stopped for a moment staring ahead from the break of the poop, and poor Flora sent at his back a look of despairing appeal which would have moved a heart of stone.