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Heartless Quotes about Cold-Blooded People and the Heartless World They Live In

Salwa Nadeem
Jan 25, 2023
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Have you ever wondered what makes cold-blooded people so heartless? Are they ruthless, or is this their defense mechanism? Read these 75 heartless quotes to look at the world through the eyes of such people.

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Once you trust someone, you leave a part of yourself with them, expecting the other person to keep your secrets and never betray you. However, life doesn't always go as planned. People often experience betrayal at the hands of their loved ones, which instills a fear of trusting others, also known as Pistanthrophobia.

Heartlessness is often seen in people with this fear because it acts as their defense mechanism. By being "cold" towards others, they prevent themselves from future betrayal and the emotional pain that accompanies it.

James Kroeger, a philosopher who publishes reports, said people use heartlessness to prevent themselves from feeling inferior. According to him, this trait exists in bullies who hurt others to seek approval from their friends. Being heartless helps people save themselves from emotional damage. Read these 75 heartless quotes to learn more about such people.

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Ashleigh Brilliant's quote: "Just because I accept you as you are, does not mean that I have given up all hope of your improvement." | Image: AmoDays

Ashleigh Brilliant's quote: "Just because I accept you as you are, does not mean that I have given up all hope of your improvement." | Image: AmoDays

Heartless Quotes From the Heartless

"My brain has no heart, and my heart has no brain. That's why when I speak my mind, I appear heartless and when I do what's in my heart, I seem thoughtless."Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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"Did you forget? I'm a heartless wretch!"Davy Jones, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)"

"Every time I say something they find hard to hear, they chalk it up to my anger and never to their own fear."Ani DiFranco, "Not a Pretty Girl'

"I am 'too fiery,' yet I wish to be seen as I am, and I would lose all rather than soften away anything."Margaret Fuller

"I'm surviving on caffeine and a cold heart."Kay Whitley

Bette Davis' quote: "I was thought to be 'stuck up.' I wasn't. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure." | Image: AmoDays

Bette Davis' quote: "I was thought to be 'stuck up.' I wasn't. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure." | Image: AmoDays

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"Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you – and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me as it is now for me to leave you!"Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre"

"I'm a heartless optimist. This combination could make me lethal, but mostly it has led to a successful hermit lifestyle."Sarah Noffke

"My heart gets cold like a forest river." Jordan Hoechlin

"I don't need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves."Shirley MacLaine

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Nitya Prakash's quote: "I'm not heartless. I appear so because I'm afraid of getting hurt. I'm one of those fragile hearts that once cared too much." | Image: AmoDays

Nitya Prakash's quote: "I'm not heartless. I appear so because I'm afraid of getting hurt. I'm one of those fragile hearts that once cared too much." | Image: AmoDays

"Just because I accept you as you are, does not mean that I have given up all hope of your improvement."Ashleigh Brilliant

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"I was thought to be 'stuck up.' I wasn't. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure." Bette Davis

"You know I love you more when you're cold and heartless."Charlaine Harris, "Dead to the World"

"'Home is where the heart is,' I thought now, gathering myself together in Betty's Luncheonette. I had no heart anymore. It had been broken, or not broken. It simply wasn't there anymore. It had been scooped neatly out of me like the yolk from a hard-boiled egg, leaving the rest of me bloodless and congealed and hollow. I'm heartless, I thought. Therefore I'm homeless."Margaret Atwood

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"'Being heartless is better than living with a broken heart!' mumbled a bruised soul." Sadiqua Fathima

Senora Roy's quote: "To protect your heart from breaking, just don't disclose that you have one." | Image: AmoDays

Senora Roy's quote: "To protect your heart from breaking, just don't disclose that you have one." | Image: AmoDays

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"I've learned the best way to prevent your heart from getting broken is to act like you don't have one."Nishan Panwar

"I'm not heartless. I appear so because I'm afraid of getting hurt. I'm one of those fragile hearts that once cared too much."Nitya Prakash

"I made a tin man costume with tin foil and furnace parts because I thought it would help me be more heartless."Marcel Dzama

"So I did something I've never done and put your life above my own because no matter how hard I try to convey it, I'm not heartless. I have a heart and… and it beats for you." Emma Winters, "Equal Parts"

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"Women who pay their own rent don't have to be nice."Katherine Dunn

Woodrow Wilson's quote: "The truth is we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless." | Image: AmoDays

Woodrow Wilson's quote: "The truth is we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless." | Image: AmoDays

"To protect your heart from breaking, just don't disclose that you have one."Senora Roy

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Heartless Quotes About a Heartless World

"In life's journey, you will meet all sorts of characters. Always remember, never shed a tear for the heartless, corrupt, or insensitive." Krystal

"Heartless though it may seem to some, among the least harmful things to eat are sustainably culled wild animals. In the absence of natural predators, deer populations in parts of Britain have reached such dense numbers that the woodlands they browse fail to regenerate."Tristram Stuart

"What matters in combat is adaptability, boldness, and maintaining a cool exterior, while penetrating your enemy's soul with an icy cold stare - Diary of A Combat Fiend." Soke Behzad Ahmadi & Denise Ichikawa, "Dirty Fighting: Lethal Okinawan Karate"

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Gloria Steinem's quote: "I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career." | Image: AmoDays

Gloria Steinem's quote: "I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career." | Image: AmoDays

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."Karl Marx

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"The truth is we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless."Woodrow Wilson

"Some people prefer the passenger role because it imposes no real pressure to decide or stand accountable for their life results."Phil McGraw

"An intelligent woman has millions of born enemies… all the stupid men."Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"Don't operate on the heart with a hatchet."Jim Rohn

Jessica Mitford's quote: "You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty." | Image: AmoDays

Jessica Mitford's quote: "You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty." | Image: AmoDays

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"Just saying no prevents teenage pregnancy the way 'Have a nice day' cures chronic depression." Faye Wattleton

"Show me a frigid woman, and nine times out of ten, I'll show you a little man." Julie Burchill

"The sense of humor has other things to do than to make itself conspicuous in the act of laughter."Alice Meynell

"I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career." Gloria Steinem

"I never came across anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid, and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity. Moral people, as they are termed, are simple beasts." Oscar Wilde

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James M. Barrie's quote: "…and thus it will go on, so long as children are gay, innocent and heartless." | Image: AmoDays

James M. Barrie's quote: "…and thus it will go on, so long as children are gay, innocent and heartless." | Image: AmoDays

"You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty."Jessica Mitford

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"The family is a haven in a heartless world."Christopher Lasch

"The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears and takes more forms―hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal." James Thurber

"Not all of our heartless plans work as we intend, nor do all of our good intentions. We are where we are, and we can rarely predict where we will go, no matter how firm our beliefs are."Michelle Sagara

"I don't like fashion. It's very heartless." Paul Simon

Susanna Kaysen's quote: "When women are angry at men, they call them heartless. When men are angry at women, they call them crazy." | Image: AmoDays

Susanna Kaysen's quote: "When women are angry at men, they call them heartless. When men are angry at women, they call them crazy." | Image: AmoDays

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"Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless to understand only when nothing can be undone."Khaled Hosseini, "A Thousand Splendid Suns"

"…and thus it will go on, so long as children are gay, innocent and heartless." James M. Barrie, "Peter Pan"

"Without a mythology, faith is impersonal and heartless." Amos Bronson Alcott

"The injustice of defeat lies in the fact that its most innocent victims are made to look like heartless accomplices. It is impossible to see behind defeat, the sacrifices, the austere performance of duty, the self-discipline, and the vigilance that are there – those things the God of battle does not take account of." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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"'Why can't you fly now, mother?' 'Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up, they forget the way.' 'Why do they forget the way?' 'Because they are no longer gay and innocent and heartless. It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly.'"James M. Barrie, "Peter Pan"

Stephen Jay Gould's quote: "Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information; it is a creative human activity." | Image: AmoDays

Stephen Jay Gould's quote: "Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information; it is a creative human activity." | Image: AmoDays

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"When women are angry at men, they call them heartless. When men are angry at women, they call them crazy." Susanna Kaysen

"Perhaps it is better in this present world of ours that a revolutionary idea or invention, instead of being helped and patted, be hampered and ill-treated in its adolescence – by want of means, by selfish interest, pedantry, stupidity, and ignorance; that it be attacked and stifled; that it pass through bitter trials and tribulations, through the heartless strife of commercial existence. So do we get our light. So all that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed – only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle." ― Nikola Tesla

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"Humor is hope's companion in arms. It is not brash, and it is not cheap. It is not heartless. Among other things, I think humor is a shield, a weapon, a survival kit." Ogden Nash

"It's a cruel, heartless world out there in commercial rock 'n' roll, and when you take as much time off as we did, eight years, booking agents don't know if you'll draw." Tina Weymouth

"Adolescence is that time when I think it can be the cruelest place on Earth. It can really be heartless." Tori Amos

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s quote: "It may be true that the law cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless." | Image: AmoDays

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s quote: "It may be true that the law cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless." | Image: AmoDays

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"Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information; it is a creative human activity." Stephen Jay Gould

"Life without flying unconditionally, life with a hindered and heartless ending."Tamara Stamenkovic

"Hardship is meant to modify the heartless of man to make feel in the flesh as soft being."Lailah Gifty Akita

Heartless Quotes About Heartless People

"A cold heart is its own worst punishment."Frank McAdam

"Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything."Billy Graham

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Yiyun LI's quote: "Even the most innocent person, when cornered, is capable of a heartless crime." | Image: AmoDays

Yiyun LI's quote: "Even the most innocent person, when cornered, is capable of a heartless crime." | Image: AmoDays

"It's better to be broken to pieces in love than to stay intact as a cold, untouched glass sculpture filled with hate."Abhijit Naskar, Neden Türk: The Gospel of Secularism

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"People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent." Bob Dylan

"It may be true that the law cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless."Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Only people who have been discriminated against can really know how much it hurts. Each person feels the pain in his own way. Each has his own scars. So I think I'm as concerned about fairness and justice as anybody. But what disgusts me even more, are people who have no imagination. The kind T. S. Elliot calls 'hollow men.' People who fill up that lack of imagination with heartless bits of straw are not even aware of what they're doing. Callous people who throw a lot of empty words at you, trying to force you to do what you don't want to."Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"

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Isaiah Harden's quote: "The cold, heartless, and/or antisocial people in the world are usually the ones with the biggest hearts." | Image: AmoDays

Isaiah Harden's quote: "The cold, heartless, and/or antisocial people in the world are usually the ones with the biggest hearts." | Image: AmoDays

"I have been the victim of heartless malice."Taylor Caldwell

"Even the most innocent person, when cornered, is capable of a heartless crime."Yiyun Li

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"They call you heartless, but you have a heart, and I love you for being ashamed to show it."Friedrich Nietzsche

"The experiences of the heartless are so limited. It is hate that is blind. Love may miss a flaw here and there, but hate misses beauty everywhere."Helen McCloy

"An intellectual, heartless man never becomes an inspired man. It is always the heart that speaks in the man of love; it discovers a greater instrument than intellect can give you, the instrument of inspiration."Swami Vivekananda

Sonya Parker's quote: "Most people who act heartless have a sweet heart. They just act heartless to protect themselves from getting hurt again." | Image: AmoDays

Sonya Parker's quote: "Most people who act heartless have a sweet heart. They just act heartless to protect themselves from getting hurt again." | Image: AmoDays

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"What worries me the most is that most men are so weak. Because of that, they act like they don't care and like machos – because they are too fragile inside. They're scared of confrontation and afraid of so many things."Salma Hayek

"The heart that pumps blood to the organ and fails to pump love to the world is heartless." P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

"The cold, heartless, and/or antisocial people in the world are usually the ones with the biggest hearts." Isaiah Harden

"Family is supposed to be our safe haven. Very often, it's the place where we find the deepest heartache." Iyanla Vanzant

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"Heartless retouching should not be the chosen tool to represent women at the beginning of this century."Peter Lindbergh

Stephen King's quote: "If you have given up your heart, you have already lost. A heartless creature is a loveless creature, and a loveless creature is a beast." | Image: AmoDays

Stephen King's quote: "If you have given up your heart, you have already lost. A heartless creature is a loveless creature, and a loveless creature is a beast." | Image: AmoDays

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"Most people who act heartless have a sweetheart. They just act heartless to protect themselves from getting hurt again."Sonya Parker

"The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal."James Thurber

"Most heartless people have a heart. They'll just do anything to protect their heart even if it means that they have to break yours." Sonya Parker

"If you can be heartless as the first man who visited space, then there will be nothing impossible for you to achieve."Michael Bassey Johnson

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"'Heartless' is a label that is all too often wrongly given to someone who is rational, by someone who is emotional."Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Sadiqua Fathima's quote: "'Being heartless is better than living with a broken heart!' mumbled a bruised soul." | Image: AmoDays

Sadiqua Fathima's quote: "'Being heartless is better than living with a broken heart!' mumbled a bruised soul." | Image: AmoDays

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"If you have given up your heart, you have already lost. A heartless creature is a loveless creature, and a loveless creature is a beast."Stephen King

"A little inhumanity does not describe you as heartless. Rather, it is a way of telling others that you have a heart that can get angry." Michael Bassey Johnson

"The very fact we use the term 'cold-blooded' as a synonym for 'heartless' should tell you something about the innate bias we primates hold against reptiles. Do not judge other species by your own social norms."Becky Chambers

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Shirley MacLaine's quote: "I don't need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves." | Image: AmoDays

Shirley MacLaine's quote: "I don't need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves." | Image: AmoDays

People who fear trusting others often isolate themselves to prevent feeling betrayed. By avoiding interaction with others, they try to save themselves from getting hurt, unaware that humans thrive on socializing. Staying alone develops depression and causes such people to exhibit heartless behavior.

By staying alone, such people save themselves from betrayal at the cost of emotional pain. Some people think this is the right way to avoid heartbreaks, while others believe it's not. What's your take on it?

To appreciate yourself and understand your value, click here to read these 125 self-worth quotes. They will remind you of how amazing you are.

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