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heart of stone

A cold, mean nature. The politician remained indifferent to the city's poverty crisis, causing many of his detractors to accuse him of having a heart of stone.
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heart of stone

A very cold and unfeeling nature, as in You'll get no sympathy from her; she has a heart of stone. This idea dates from ancient times and in English appeared in the Bible (Job 41:24). [Early 1600s]
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heart of stone

a stern or cruel nature.
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To be an unfeeling, pitiless person. This term dates from the time of Homer: “Thy heart is even harder than stone” appears in his Odyssey (ca. 850 b.c.). Several centuries later it turns up in the Bible, in the Book of Job (41:24): “His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.”
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Jeremy Corbyn and loyalty ONE would need a heart of stone not to launch at John Appleyard's letter (Examiner, January 11) "Where is the loyalty".
Skarpari or EWHVB -- for short -- is celebrating the release of her debut album Heart of Stone, which she managed to make after a recent successful crowd funding campaign.
OH Mr Cameron, what a really important man, Sorting out all Europe and Afghanistan, So Mr Cameron it's importance that you seek, In your coalition with Lib Dems oh so weak, Oh Mr Cameron with your importance now so great, Destroying all us poor plebs, with Ian Duncan's hate, Now Mr Cameron, it's important to be fair, With undeserved expenses, in your Westminster lair, Well Mr Cameron importance is your trump, You the puppet master, making Clegg and Cable jump, We're in it all together, it's We struggle with your bedroom tax, while bankers' greed is good, Therefore Mr Cameron, with your heart of stone and ice, It's nice to be important, but more important to be nice.
Among the topics are Islam and Islamic natural law, the role of natural law and natural right in the search for a universal ethic, ecocide and Christian natural law, natural law as a source of inspiration, from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh: toward an epideictic rhetoric of natural law, the political common good: from the nation-state to a global perspective, natural law as a "work of reason:" understanding the metaphysics of participated theonomy, and pragmatic and christological foundations of natural law.
He said: "It required a heart of stone to keep up that pretence and a heart of stone to deal with her body in the way that you did.
YOU'D need a heart of stone not to have been moved by the story of Lesley Brown featured in today's Echo.
YOU'll have to have a heart of stone not to feel sorry for the animals Paul encounters tonight.
Heart of Stone is the sequel to Mistress of the Storm, but can be enjoyed on its own.
Readers will be better informed by reading Welsh's debut novel first, but Heart of Stone can also stand on its own.
You've got to have a heart of stone to not find part of it - especially Alan Rickman's performance - heartbreaking, so yeah, I've done my fair share of crying already," he added.
The title track is a simple delight gently picked out on guitar; Never Gonna recalls Cat Stevens; Heart Of Stone adds swamp rock sinew.
Sir David, pictured, said of the final scenes, to be screened on ITV1 next month: "You'd have needed a heart of stone not to feel emotional.
40pm) You'd have to have a heart of stone, not to be moved to tears by this brilliant and humbling documentary, which airs its last episode of this series tonight.
Simple, charming color illustrations bring to life the story of a numbat (a small native Australian marsupial) who is torn between choosing a heart of stone that promotes strength and self-confidence at the expense of caring about others, and a feather-heart that promotes compassion for others at the expense of caring about oneself.
It would take a heart of stone not to be moved by the plight of 76-year-old Fred Grove, who faces being thrown out of his canalside home at Eastside to make way for a huge regeneration scheme.
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