Soul Quotes

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  • A blow to the head will confuse a man, whereas a blow to the foot has no such effect: this cannot be the result of an immaterial soul. – Heraclitus c. 500 BCE
  • “Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.” ~ Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, Following the Equator (1897), Mark Twain
  • “Confession is good for the conscience, but it usually bypasses the soul.” ~ The Neurotic’s Notebook (1960), Mignon McLaughlin
  • “For of the soule the bodie forme doth take; For the soule is forme, and doth the bodie make.” ~ An Hymne in Honour of Beautie, Edmund Spenser
  • “Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • “How strange a thing this is! The Priest telleth me that the Soul is worth all the gold in the world, and the merchants say that it is not worth a clipped piece of silver.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  • “I believe that the soul consists of its sufferings. For the soul that cures its own sufferings dies.” ~ Voces (1943), Antonio Porchia
  • “I simply believe that some part of the human Self or Soul is not subject to the laws of space and time.” ~ Carl Jung
  • “I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of another boy.” ~ Annie Hall,” Woody Allen
  • “Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.” ~ Timothy Leary
  • “Living is being born slowly. It would be a little too easy if we could borrow ready-made souls.” ~ Flight to Arras (1942), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • “One certainly has a soul; but how it came to allow itself to be enclosed in a body is more than I can imagine. I only know if once mine gets out, I’ll have a bit of a tussle before I let it get in again to that of any other.” ~ Lord Byron
  • “One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
  • “One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that myriads have believed it? They also believed the world was flat.” ~ Mark Twain
  • “Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.” Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.” For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.” ~ The Prophet (1923), Kahlil Gibran
  • “Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions, and combinations of sensory impressions, the concept of a soul without a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.” ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” ~ Ferdinand Foch
  • “The soul may sleep and the body still be happy, but only in youth.” ~ The Neurotic’s Notebook (1960), Mignon McLaughlin
  • “The windows of my soul I throw
    Wide open to the sun.” ~ My Psalm,” John Greenleaf Whittier

  • “Until you know that life is interesting – and find it so – you haven’t found your soul.” ~ Geoffrey Fisher
  • “When one tears away the veils and shows them naked, people’s souls give off such a pungent smell of decay.” ~ Octave Mirbeau
  • “When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you, a joy. When action come from another section, the feeling disappears.” ~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi
  • “Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?” ~ Horace
  • “You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out.” ~ Martha Graham
  • “I have a soul. I see patterns” ~ Leoben (Battlestar Galactica, “Reimagining”)
  • “A man can be compelled to do anything, but his soul cannot be forced.” ~ “Parenting for Everyone” (1989), Simon Soloveychik
  • “‘You,’ your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.” ~ The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul (1994), Francis Crick
  • “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” ~ Jesus Christ in the Bible, Mark 8:36
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