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.
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.
Dix's efforts bore fruit, of course, but it is important to recall what she wrote in the next paragraph of her plea: "I would speak as kindly as possible of all wardens, keepers, and other responsible officers, believing that most of these have erred not through hardness of heart and wilful cruelty so much as want of skill and knowledge, and want of consideration.
To transform our hardness of heart, Messer paints brief portraits of individuals whose lives are affected.
The Catechism also tell us that "Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart do not diminish, but rather increase the voluntary character of a sin.