quotations about the soul
Of man alone, that particle divine,
Escapes the wreck of worlds, when all things fail.
WILLIAM SOMERVILE, The Chase
In culture after culture, people believe that the soul lives on after death, that rituals can change the physical world and divine the truth, and that illness and misfortune are caused and alleviated by spirits, ghosts, saints ... and gods.
STEVEN PINKER, How the Mind Works
You don't believe in the soul until you feel it straining to escape the body.
GLEN DUNCAN, A Day and a Night and a Day
Just as a mirror, which reflects all things, is set in its own container, so too the rational soul is placed in the fragile container of the body. In this way, the body is governed in its earthly life by the soul, and the soul contemplates heavenly things through faith.
HILDEGARD OF BINDEN, letter to the Monk Guibert, 1175
The soul is kissed by God in its innermost regions.
With interior yearning, grace and blessing are bestowed.
It is a yearning to take on God's gentle yoke,
It is a yearning to give one's self to God's Way.
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN, attributed, Soul Weavings
Everywhere and always, since its very inception, Christianity has turned the earth into a vale of tears; always it has made of life a weak, diseased thing, always it has instilled fear in man, turning him into a dual being, whose life energies are spent in the struggle between body and soul. In decrying the body as something evil, the flesh as the tempter to everything that is sinful, man has mutilated his being in the vain attempt to keep his soul pure, while his body rotted away from the injuries and tortures inflicted upon it.
EMMA GOLDMAN, Mother Earth, April 1913
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.
BIBLE, Proverbs 13:19
The only beautiful thing in the world whose beauty lasts for ever is a pure, fair soul.
BRAM STOKER, "The Rose Prince"
For our soul is so preciously loved of him that is highest, that it over-passeth the knowing of all creatures.
JULIAN OF NORWICH, Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love
The soul of the just man is but a paradise, in which, God tells us, He takes His delight. What do you imagine, must that dwelling be in which a King so mighty, so wise, and so pure, containing in Himself all good, can delight to rest? Nothing can be compared to the great beauty and capabilities of a soul; however keen our intellects may be, they are as unable to comprehend them as to comprehend God, for, as He told us, He created us in his own image and likeness.
TERESA OF AVILA, The Interior Castle
Music, sculpture, poetry, painting--these are glorious works; but the soul that creates them is more glorious than they. The music shall die on the passing wind, the poem may be lost in the confusion of tongues, the marble will crumble and the canvas will fade, while the soul shall be quenchless and strong, filled with a nobler melody, kindling with loftier themes, projecting images of unearthly beauty, and drinking from springs of imperishable life.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
My Soul lives many lives.
Each life a thought, each thought a life.
I am but Thought.
EDWIN LEIBFREED, "The Song of the Soul"
The stars that roll in glory far above us, and that have stood out so long upon the firmament, like figures on the dial of eternity, shall fade and disappear. But we, who tremble at their greatness and thirst for their secrets, shall pass and live beyond them. Time has no mortgage on the human soul.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
The soul can never be corrupted with the corruption of the body, but it is like the wind which causes the sound of the organ, and which ceases to produce a good effect when a pipe is spoilt.
LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life
He who possesses the divine powers of the soul is a great being, be his place what it may. You may clothe him with rags, may immure him in a dungeon, may chain him to slavish tasks; but he is still great. You may shut him out of your houses; but God opens to him heavenly mansions.
WILLIAM E. CHANNING, Thoughts
Souls were dangerous things to carry straight
Through all the spilt saltpetre of the world.
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING, Aurora Leigh
To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they're blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul.
VICTORIA MORAN, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond; and must be polished, or the lustre of it will never appear.
DANIEL DEFOE, The Education of Women
The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter.
Dear Night! this world's defeat;
The stop to busy fools; care's check and curb;
The day of spirits; my soul's calm retreat
Which none disturb!
Christ's progress, and His prayer-time;
The hours to which high Heaven doth chime.
HENRY VAUGHAN, Silex Scintillans