hardness of heart

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Unkind people said that, like her Imperial namesake, she had won her way to success by strength of will and hardness of heart, and a kind of haughty effrontery that was somehow justified by the extreme decency and dignity of her private life.
and, in some points, there seems a hardness of heart about him.
Thither,'' said Rowena, ``do I =not= go; and I pray you to beware, lest what you mean for courage and constancy, shall be accounted hardness of heart.
And Jo dropped down beside the bed in a passion of penitent tears, telling all that had happened, bitterly condemning her hardness of heart, and sobbing out her gratitude for being spared the heavy punishment which might have come upon her.
It would be hardness of heart to say that your trouble was not heavy to bear.
Begin with Jenny, my dear; tell those girls about her, and if I 'm not much mistaken, you will find them ready to help, for half the time it is n't hardness of heart, but ignorance or thoughtlessness on the part of the rich, that makes them seem so careless of the poor.
I was very much concerned for his misfortunes, and felt that any recognition short of ninepence would be mere brutality and hardness of heart.
It was a deep, pleasant, kindly note, not very loud and altogether free from that quality of derision that spoils so many laughs and gives away the secret hardness of hearts.
Even Jesus is amazed at their lack of faith and hardness of heart.
During his trial he appeared to be totally indefensible of the nature of the offence, and during the examination of the several evidences he discovered a hardness of heart scarcely to be equalled; and when the sentence of death was passed upon him, he showed not he least mark of contrition.
As we look back on our journey in life, we realize that when we disregarded God's presence in our lives, we encountered fear, sadness, vanity, emptiness, and hardness of heart.
We need to atone for the omissions and for the hardness of heart of our forebears to enable us all to embrace the future as a united people.