take heart


take heart

Meaning | Synonyms

  • to stay confident and positive
  • to be happy about something
  • to find happiness in something
  • to encourage something
  • to get comfort and courage from something (take heart from)

Example Sentences

  1. We lost the elections – it is a part of the game. But we absolutely take heart in the apparently greater awareness and involvement of the young generation in keeping the spirit of democracy.
  2. As a teacher, you should take heart from your class’s better average performance this year.
  3. Oh, kiddo! Take heart! There is still time left for the results.
  4. I take heart from the positive medical test results. I’ve been worried dead ever since the feverish symptoms started showing.
  5. Take heart buddy! There’s a good chance we get to go on that trip once we have our exams done with.


The origin and history of the phrase take heart are unknown. Neither are there any records of first use of this phrase. However, it is believed to be or American origin. Mention of the phrase has been in the Bible, John 16:33—

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Reminds me of Ecclesiastes 7:2-4
It is better to go to the house of mourning then the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind; and the living will take it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is glad. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

‒ Deanna December 20, 2023

Taking heart is letting go. The media does not do this. They stir the pot and expect us to hold the bowl.

‒ Ken Schulte July 30, 2020

When the Autonomic Nervous System is triggered on the Sympathetic side your heart beats fast, blood pressure goes up and some faint. Part of having a panic attack. One can control this to calm down by focusing on being calm and not expecting the sky to fall. Expecting a good out come. To “Take Heart” is to take control of your mind so that you can be brave, courageous etc and face difficult times. The Bible says, Renew your mind and don’t be anxious. In John 16, Jesus was telling his disciples that he was headed for the cross and they did not want to hear that. Also telling them things were going to get worse as they would be persecuted–but take heart.

‒ Robert Holmes May 28, 2020

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