Home  »  Familiar Quotations  »  10420 Appendix John Bartlett

John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

10420 Appendix John Bartlett

QUOTATION:Cockles of the heart.
ATTRIBUTION:Latham says the most probable explanation of this phrase lies (1) in the likeness of a heart to a cockleshell,—the base of the former being compared to the hinge of the latter; (2) the zoölogical name for the cockle and its congeners being Cardium, from [greek] (heart).