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Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
      - Bible, I Peter (ch. III, v. 3-4)

And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward;
  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
    Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
      - Bible, II Corinthians (ch. III, v. 4-6)

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XXVI, v. 41)

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVI, v. 32)

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVIII, v. 14)

The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.
      - Annie Dillard

The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation more than its wealth.
      - Dwight David Eisenhower

I would consent to have a limb amputated to recover my spirits.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.
      - General Douglas MacArthur

A spirit superior to every weapon.
  [Lat., Teloque animus praestantior omni.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (III, 54)

After the spiritual powers, there is no thing in the world more unconquerable than the spirit of nationality. . . . The spirit of
  nationality in Ireland will persist even though the mightiest of material powers be its neighbor.
      - George William Russell (used pseudonym "AE"),
        The Economics of Ireland (p. 23)

Spirits are not finely touched
  But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends
    The smallest scruple of her excellence
      But like a thrifty goddess she determines
        Herself the glory of a creditor,
          Both thanks and use.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at I, i)

Never allow gradually the traffic to smother with noise and fog the flowering of the spirit.
      - Sir Stephen Spender

The spirit, Sir, is one of mockery.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson, Suicide Club,
        in "New Arabian Nights"

Of my own spirit let me be
  In soul though feeble mastery.
      - Sara Teasdale (Mrs. E.B. Filsinger),

Boatman, come, thy fare receive;
  Thrice thy fare I gladly give,
    For unknown, unseen by thee,
      Spirits twain have crossed with me.
      - Johann Ludwig Uhland, The Ferry Boat,
        (Skeat's translation)

It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are-not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within-that you can begin to take control.
      - Oprah Winfrey

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