A photograph can say more than a thousand words ever can. We put together a few of the most affecting photos we could find, taken in all corners of the world. There’s not a single one that will leave you feeling indifferent. They’re all so full of love, humour, kindness, suffering, beauty, courage — in short, all the things we encounter in this life.

When dreams come true

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Tenderness

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 1
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Love which defies description

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 2
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The march of generations

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 3
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Six generations in one photograph: from 111 years old to seven months.

Hello, world!

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 4
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Mothers are the same everywhere

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 5
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A parent’s level of patience is eternal…Almost

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 6
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Do what your heart tells you, let everyone else think what they want

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 7
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That’s a lot of happiness from just one tablet computer!

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 8
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The sweetest kiss in the world

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 9
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Happy memories

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 10
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A man looks at the bench in a park where he used to sit with his beloved wife.

Undying devotion

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 11
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A dog sits at the grave of its owner, who died in conflict.

The pain of loss

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 12
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A man cries after finding a family album in the ruins of his house following an earthquake.

One good deed a day

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 13
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Two volunteer teachers give a free lesson to poor children in New Delhi, India

Meeting someone you never hoped to see

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 14
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A former prisoner of war returns home after the end of the Second World War. His daughter last saw him when she was just one year old.

Life’s challenges

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 15
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The struggle for survival

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 16
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A two-year-old boy, the son of refugees fleeing from conflict, is passed through a barbed wire fence to safety during the war in Kosovo.

A trial for the spirit

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 17
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A 16-year-old girl resists the advance of dozens of policemen.

Charity

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 18
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A firefighter gives a drink to a koala during a drought which caused huge forest fires in Australia, 2009.

Friends always show you which is the right road to take

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 19
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It doesn’t matter whose side you’re on

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 20
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Someone always needs your help

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 21
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A man saves some puppies during flooding in the Philippines.

Empathy is more important than victory

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 22
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She dreamed of this until she was 88

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 23
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This elderly couple got married 88 years ago, but at the time they had no wedding outfits, nor any photos taken. Finally, they were able to achieve their dream after all those decades together.

Our children will rise above us

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 24
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The twilight of life

26 Photographs which go Straight to your Heart 25
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A grandfather says goodbye to his grandson.