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    italian idiom

    In Italy we say: to put the heart beyond the obstacle to mean that somebody's will to be stronger than the difficulties is due to the great strenght he's got inside. Is there someting similar i English?

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    Quote Originally Posted by minnie2007 View Post
    In Italy we say: to put the heart beyond the obstacle to mean that somebody's will to be stronger than the difficulties is due to the great strenght he's got inside. Is there someting similar i English?
    No, I don't think so, otherwise, people would have replied back quickly


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    Nothing ventured, nothing gained

    He who hesitates is lost

    Throw your heart over and the rest will follow


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    I think the one that suits most is THrow your heart over....

    thanks a lot for your help and kindness

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    Quote Originally Posted by minnie2007 View Post
    I think the one that suits most is THrow your heart over....

    thanks a lot for your help and kindness
    If it's about a man approaching a woman, 'Faint heart never won fair lady.' But that isn't apt in the general sense. A poet (Longfellow? Wordsworth?) said

    A man's reach should exceed his grasp
    Or what's a Heaven for?

    Sometimes I quote that.

    'Having the courage of your convictions' is often reduced to monetary terms: 'Put your money where your mouth is'.

    But I don't think we've got anything else as good as the Italian.

    b

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