The history behind the idiom

Idioms from the heart and until your heart’s content

To your heart’s content means as much as you want; as long as you want; until you are completely satisfied and happy.

Until/to (one’s) heart’s content: Used since the 1500s.

Content means a state of satisfaction or peace while heart refers to one’s inner self. This idiom implies doing something until your heart is satisfied, peaceful, and happy. 3

Other idioms from the heart:

  • From the bottom of my heart: you are really grateful about something that someone has done for you.
  • With all my heart: giving a task everything you have got.
  • I have a soft spot in my heart for you: you are fond of them in some way. This is not normally in a romantic way.
  • Pouring my heart out: you open up emotionally by telling someone your story and how you really feel without holding anything back.
  • Wearing your heart on your sleeve: you are very open about how and what you feel.
  • I don’t have the heart to do that: when doing anything that you feel might upset or offend someone.

Shakespeare examples for Until/to (one’s) heart’s content:

Henry VI, Part II (1593)

“Her sight did ravish but her grace in speech,
Her word clad with wisdoms’ majesty,
Make me from wondering fall to weeping joys;
Such is the fulness of my heart’s content.

Merchant of Venice, Act III (1596)

Lor. Faire thoughts and happy houres attend on you.
Ieffi. I wish your ladiship all heart’s content.
Por. I thanke you for your wish, and am well pleased.

Troilus and Cressida, Act I (1602)

“Then though my heart’s content firme love doth bear,
Nothing of that shall from mine eyes appear.”

Letter to Earl of Southampton:

“…if the first heir of my invention prove deformed, I shall be sorry it had so noble a godfather, and never after ear so barren a land, for fear it yield me still so bad a harvest. I leave it to your honourable survey, and your Honour to your heart’s content; which I wish may always answer your own wish, and the world’s hopeful expectation…”

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