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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 ]

If I am mistaken in my opinion that the human soul is immortal, I willingly err; nor would I have this pleasant error extorted from me; and if, as some minute philosophers suppose, death should deprive me of my being, I need not fear the raillery of those pretended philosophers when they are no more.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

It is the soul itself which sees and hears, and not those parts which are, as it were, but windows to the soul.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

"No doubt," replied Scipio, "those are alive who have broken loose from the chains of the body as from a prison; it is yours, that is called life, that is really death."
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Whatever that be, which thinks, which understands, which wills, which acts, it is something celestial and divine; and, upon that account, must necessarily be eternal.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
  [Lat., Imago animi vultus est, indices oculi.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Oratore (III, 59)

From the looks--not the lips, is the soul reflected.
      - M'Donald Clarke ("The Mad Poet"),
        The Rejected Lover

A corporation has no soul.
      - Lord Edward Coke

The soul of man is larger than the sky,
  Deeper than ocean, or the abysmal dark
    Of the unfathomed centre.
      - Hartley Coleridge, Poems--To Shakespeare

Either we have an immortal soul, or we have not. If we have not, we are beasts,--the first and the wisest of beasts, it may be, but still true beasts. We shall only differ in degree and not in kind,--just as the elephant differs from the slug. But by the concession of the materialists of all the schools, or almost all, we are not of the same kind as beasts, and this also we say from our own consciousness. Therefore, methinks, it must be the possession of the soul within us that makes the difference.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Now, believe me, God hides some ideal in every human soul. At some time in our life we feel a trembling, fearful longing to do some good thing. Life finds its noblest spring of excellence in this hidden impulse to do our best.
      - Robert Collyer

My father was an eminent button-maker at Birmingham, . . . but I had a soul above buttons.
      - George Colman ("The Younger"),
        Sylvester Daggerwood (act I)

Philosophers have widely differed as to the seat of the soul, and St. Paul has told us that out of the heart proceed murmurings; but there can be no doubt that the seat of perfect contentment is in the head, for every individual is thoroughly satisfied with his own proportion of brains.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A soul,--a spark of the never-dying flame that separates man from all the other beings of earth.
      - James Fenimore Cooper

Where are Shakespeare's imagination, Bacon's learning, Galileo's dream? Where is the sweet fancy of Sidney, the airy spirit of Fletcher, and Milton's thought severe? Methinks such things should not die and dissipate, when a hair can live for centuries, and a brick of Egypt will last three thousand years. I am content to believe that the mind of man survives, somehow or other, his clay.
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter)

A happy soul, that all the way
  To heaven hath a summer's day.
      - Richard Crashaw,
        In Praise of Lessius' Rule of Health
         (l. 33)

The body,--that is dust; the soul,--it is a bud of eternity.
      - Nathaniel Culverwell

It is the Soul's prerogative, its fate,
  To shape the outward to its own estate.
    If right itself, then, all around is well;
      If wrong, it makes of all without a hell.
        So multiplies the Soul its joys or pain,
          Gives out itself, itself takes back again.
            Transformed by thee, the world hath but one face.
      - Richard Henry Dana, Sr.

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
      - Daniel Defoe

In the scenes of moral life the soul is at once actor and spectator.
      - Joseph Marie de Gerando

Grief dejects and wrings the tortured soul.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

But whither went his soul, let such relate
  Who search the secrets of the future state:
    Divines can say but what themselves believe;
      Strong proofs they have, but not demonstrative:
        For, were all plain, then all sides must agree,
          And faith itself be lost in certainty.
            To live uprightly then is sure the best,
              To save ourselves, and not to damn the rest.
      - John Dryden

Some of our philosophizing divines have too much exalted the faculties of our souls, when they have maintained that by their force mankind has been able to find out God.
      - John Dryden

A fiery soul, which, working out its way,
  Fretted the pygmy-body to decay,
    And o'er-informed the tenement of clay.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 156)

Lord of oneself, uncumbered with a name.
      - John Dryden, Epistle to John Dryden

I have a soul that, like an ample shield,
  Can take in all, and verge enough for more.
      - John Dryden, Sebastian (act I, sc. 1)


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