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SOUL
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[ Also see Body Conscience Emotion Eternity Feeling Heart Immortality Intellect Life Mind Mortality Psychology Reason Spirit ]

I sent my Soul through the Invisible,
  Some letter of that After-life to spell,
    And by and by my Soul returned to me,
      And answered "I Myself am Heav'n and Hell."
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat, (FitzGerald's translation)

The health of the soul is as precarious as that of the body; for when we seem secure from passions, we are no less in danger of their infection than we are of falling ill when we appear to be well.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

What is the elevation of the soul? A prompt, delicate, certain feeling for all that is beautiful, all that is grand; a quick resolution to do the greatest good by the smallest means; a great benevolence joined to a great strength and great humility.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The sun meets not the springing bud that stretches towards him with half the certainty that God, the source of all good, communicates himself to the soul that longs to partake of him.
      - William Law

The care of souls cannot belong to the civil magistrate.
      - John Locke (1)

Silence and solitude, the soul's best friends.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The soul never grows old.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ah, the souls of those that die
  Are but sunbeams lifted higher.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend
         (pt. IV, The Cloisters)

Making one object, in outward or inward nature, more holy to a single heart is reward enough for a life; for the more sympathies we gain or awaken for what is beautiful, by so much deeper will be our sympathy for that which is most beautiful,--the human soul!
      - James Russell Lowell

For it is unknown what is the real nature of the soul, whether it be born with the bodily frame or be infused at the moment of birth, whether it perishes along with us, when death separates the soul and body, or whether it visits the shades of Pluto and bottomless pits, or enters by divine appointment into other animals.
  [Lat., Ignoratur enim, quae sit natura animai;
    Nata sit, an contra nascentibus insinuetur;
      Et simul intereat nobiscum, morte diremta,
        An tenebras Orci visat, vastasque lacunas:
          An pecudes alias divinitus insinuet se.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (I, 113)

As the flowers follow the sun, and silently hold up their petals to be tinted and enlarged by its shining, so must we, if we would know the joy of God, hold our souls, wills, hearts, and minds, still before Him, whose voice commands, whose love warns, whose truth makes fair our whole being. God speaks for the most part in such silence only. If the soul be full of tumult and jangling voices, His voice is little likely to be heard.
      - Alexander Maclaren

The soul of the river had entered my soul,
  And the gathered power of my soul was moving
    So swiftly, it seemed to be at rest
      Under cities of cloud and under
        Spheres of silver and changing worlds--
          Until I saw a flash of trumpets
            Above the battlements over Time!
      - Edgar Lee Masters,
        Spoon River Anthology--Isaiah Beethoven

The dust's for crawling, heaven's for flying,
  Wherefore, O Soul, whose wings are grown,
    Soar upward to the sun!
      - Edgar Lee Masters,
        Spoon River Anthology--Julian Scott

The most regular and most perfect soul in the world has but too much to do to keep itself upright from being overthrown by its own weakness.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The want of goods is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The soul, immortal as its sire, shall never die.
      - James Montgomery

The soul, aspiring, pants its source to mount,
  As streams meander level with their fount.
      - Robert Montgomery,
        Omnipresence of the Deity (pt. I)

There was a little man, and he had a little soul;
  And he said, "Little Soul, let us try, try, try!"
      - Thomas Moore, Little Man and Little Soul

I reflected how soon in the cup of desire
  The pearl of the soul may be melted away;
    How quickly, alas, the pure sparkle of fire
      We inherit from heaven, may be quenched in the clay.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Stanzas--A Beam of Tranquility

The soul on earth is an immortal guest,
  Compelled to starve at an unreal feast:
    A spark, which upward tends by nature's force:
      A stream diverted from its parent source;
        A drop dissever'd from the boundless sea;
          A moment, parted from eternity;
            A pilgrim panting for the rest to come;
              An exile, anxious for his native home.
      - Hannah More

Above the vulgar flight of common souls.
      - Arthur Murphy, Zenobia
         (act V, sc, 1, l. 154)

The heart may be broken, and the soul remain unshaken.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Oh soul! I said, "thy boding murmurs cease;
  Though sorrow bind thee as a funeral pall,
    Thy Father's hand is guiding thee through all.
      His love will bring a true and perfect peace.
        Look upward once again; though drear the night,
          Earth may be darkness, Heaven will give thee light!"
      - Alice Neal (pseudonym of Emily Bradley Neal Haven) (Emily Bradley)

Lord of myself, accountable to none.
  But to my conscience, and my God alone.
      - John Oldham, Satire addressed to a Friend

There is a god within us, and we have intercourse with heaven. That spirit comes from abodes on high.
  [Lat., Est deus in nobis, et sunt commercia coeli.
    Sedibus aetheriis spiritus ille venit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (III, 549)


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