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A struggle to do something more than exist is the sign of human life — the mission of the human soul. ~Walter Moxon, M.D., F.R.C.P. (1836–1886), "Alcohol and Individuality; or, Why Did He Become a Drunkard?"

Neither height nor depth can measure the possibilities of the human soul. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

[A] great soul, with a great purpose, can make a weak body strong and keep it so... ~Mark Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, 1895

When you say a man has guts, you say he has a soul. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
~John Greenleaf Whittier, My Psalm

The human soul is as a seed sown in the world. It contains within, the germ of the flower and the leaf, but from without must come the means of nourishment and growth. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, "Conversation V: A Journey by Night," 1850  [Edith speaking —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

The soul has no secret that the behavior does not reveal. ~Lao Tzu

"Never tell a child," said George Macdonald, "you have a soul. Teach him, you are a soul; you have a body." [T]he body is but the temporary clothing of the soul... ~W.H.F.A., "Be Not Entangled Again in a Yoke of Bondage," in The British Friend, 1892 Seventh Month 5th

[E]verything has a soul and a body, or something like them. By the body we know the soul. But we are always ready to love the body instead of the soul. Therefore, God makes the body die continually, that we may learn to love the soul indeed. ~George MacDonald, The Seaboard Parish, "Chapter XIX: Niceboots," 1872

As if my soul would burst the prisoned skin... ~H.W. Jeffree, Life: An Epic, "Book IV," written 1861, revised 1874

Every human soul has celestial energy which can attract power. ~Psychological Year Book: Quotations for Every Day in the Year, Showing That the Power of Thought and a Right Use of the Will May Attain Good Results, Improve Conditions & Bring Success, Gathered by Janet Young, 1904

If I should die to-night what have I to show for my life in the way of soul-winning? ~Fredonia Ellsworth Holloway (1867–1920), c.1909

Until you know that life is interesting — and find it so — you haven't found your soul. ~Geoffrey Fisher

The soul may sleep and the body still be happy, but only in youth. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

So in an evil world do good souls, even in the busiest turmoil, catch some light from above and make heaven visible by reflection in the dark places of earth. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, "Conversation I: The Cavern," 1850  [Edith speaking —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

I simply believe that some part of the human Self or Soul is not subject to the laws of space and time.  ~Carl Jung

The soul lives unstably in the body, and is capable of mysterious transformations. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919

He went to the medicine closet in the bathroom, took some painkiller, and went to lie down on the bed until his head felt better. If only there were something as simple he could take for the ache in his soul. ~Abigail Reynolds, Pemberley by the Sea: A Modern Love Story, Pride and Prejudice Style, 2008

Confession is good for the conscience, but it usually bypasses the soul.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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

Truly, life is by the sweat of the soul! ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways - by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.  ~Plato

We must not tamper with the organic motion of the soul. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Quotation and Originality"

What he had yearned to embrace was not the flesh but a downy spirit, a spark, the impalpable angel that inhabits the flesh.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

Care I for the limb, the thews, the stature, bulk, and big assemblance of a man!  Give me the spirit.  ~William Shakespeare

I believe that the soul consists of its sufferings.  For the soul that cures its own sufferings dies.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.  ~Anne Sexton

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

I began by being perplexed about my body; and I ended by being anxious about my soul. In short, I wished to know what I was. ~Adolphe Monod, "Introduction. Letter I: Lucilla to the Abbe Favien," Lucilla; or, The Reading of the Bible, translated from the French by an unnamed translator, 1842

A beating heart needs a soul to go with it, or it's nothing but a machine. ~Terri Guillemets

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

[T]he greatest battle of life is fought out within the silent chambers of your own soul. ~President Richards (LDS), quoted by David O. McKay, 1954

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.  ~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Soul is a vast realm, a gigantic world, whose immensity challenges all measurement and the mighty reach of gravity. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

When one tears away the veils and shows them naked, people's souls give off such a pungent smell of decay.  ~Octave Mirbeau

...all my soul within me burning... ~Edgar A. Poe, "The Raven"

When I moan in agony of body, you may heal me, but when I moan in agony of soul, I must heal myself. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

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, "The Fisherman and His Soul," House of Pomegranates, 1891

Lying back in the hansom, with his hat pulled over his forehead, Dorian Gray watched with listless eyes the sordid shame of the great city, and now and then he repeated to himself the words that Lord Henry had said to him on the first day they had met, "To cure the soul by means of the senses, and the senses by means of the soul." Yes, that was the secret. There were opium-dens, where one could buy oblivion, dens of horror where the memory of old sins could be destroyed by the madness of sins that were new.... "To cure the soul by means of the senses, and the sense by means of the soul!" How the words rang in his ears! His soul, certainly, was sick to death. ~Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray  [Quoted from the Copyright Edition, Leipzig Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1908. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

If something is written in the stars, can't it also be inscribed in the fiery light of our souls? ~Terri Guillemets

Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul. ~Mark Twain

You are a beautiful soul hidden by the trench coat of the ego. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife

If you hide things in your soul, don't forget about them. ~Terri Guillemets

Whatever the mind does, the soul has perforce to suffer the consequences of it, because the soul and the mind are knotted together. ~Maharaj Charan Singh Ji

We feel poetry and art
in the sensitive veins
that run through soul and
carry not blood but spirit.
~Terri Guillemets

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.  ~Rumi

I may be lost in the underground of life, but I will trust my soul to know the passages. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

Upturned toward the sun, eyes closed. That color and warmth I see and feel is the soul on fire. If only it remained when again my eyes opened. ~Jeb Dickerson, @JebDickerson

Our souls are infinitely swirling colors of stardust and hope. ~Terri Guillemets

With all your science - can you tell how it is, and whence it is, that light comes into the soul?  ~Henry David Thoreau

But his eyes speak, though his lips are silent. And they prowl around me, and they envelop me, and they descend into me, into my very depths, in order to turn my soul inside out and see what is in it. ~Octave Mirbeau, A Chambermaid's Diary, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1900

One of the most difficult jobs of earthly self is to reconcile soul and body. ~Terri Guillemets, "Formidable, forgivable," 1993

God of the oriole's yellow breast, of the eagle's talon and spread of wing, of the bluebird's blue and the tanager's crimson... Let me abide by my own soul as the violet does by its purple, and believe in it as the rose must believe in its fragrance and hue. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "At the Roots of Grasses: XII," At the Roots of Grasses, 1923  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

My soul lives somewhere between silence and the moon. ~Terri Guillemets

And in the soul of man, that lived and thought
And felt, 'twas on immortal parchment wrote,
With heart-blood ink and with the Almighty's pen.
~Samuel J. Cassels, "Providence: The Church," 1838

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.  ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

Is soul the stem and
body the blossom —
or body our stem, with
soul its indigenous bloom?
~Terri Guillemets

One thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

...the storm-winds of the soul... ~Ebenezer Elliott, "Elegy on William Cobbett," 1835

Each individual life is a world by itself, suspending within the realm of possibilities; while the soul is ever its center of gravitation. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Soul shadows you everywhere. ~Terri Guillemets

...the soul and body are the same shape,—that the soul is not a speck or spot in the heart, or brain,—a something and nothing, but that it inhabits every part of the body, and thus its seat is all over the body. ~James Gillingham (1838–1924), The Seat of the Soul Discovered or the World's Great Problem Solved, with Objections to the Same Answered, second edition, 1870

Sleep doesn't help if it's your soul that's tired. ~Author unknown

What colors are the rhythms of your soul? ~Terri Guillemets

"Great thoughts come from the heart," not the mind. To the soul alone, therefore, belong the thoughts that reunite, to the mind those that divide. ~Alexandre Vinet (1797–1847), Philosophy. First Section: Pure Philosophy. Chapter II.—Metaphysics. II. Logic— 3. Problem of Cognition, Outlines of Philosophy and Literature, edited by ‎Jean Frédéric Astié, 1865

He was the only one who had ever been able to calm her wild and fevered soul. ~Terri Guillemets, "Tonic," 2009

We need it
but apparently
it needs us
for some reason too.
~Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012), "A Few Words on the Soul," Moment, 2002, translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh

In my soul, the music of the universe can be heard. ~Eric Honeycutt, August 2011 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

Shhh. Your soul is humming its tune. Listen well. ~Terri Guillemets

What is soul?  It's like electricity — we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.  ~Ray Charles

...his soul raw with unhealed wounds, weak with helplessness. ~Naomi Ragen, The Tenth Song, 2010

The incoming may still my heart's weeping, but only that which I send forth will still the deeper cry of my soul. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

...a soul flowering with spirituality... ~Terri Guillemets

There are little bits of my soul, little dark corners that you know nothing of. It's not good, it's not right that I should go about with them shut up in me. ~Anita Vivanti Chartres (1866–1942), The Hunt for Happiness, 1896 

That I may have an immortal soul, is irrelevant. That I have a mortal one, is vital. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

Webs of strange patterns we weave (each owns)
From colour and soul; and like unto these,
Soul has its tones and semitones,
Mind has its major and minor keys.
~Amy Levy, "In a Minor Key (An Echo from a Larger Lyre)," c.1884

Startled nerves often affright the soul into serious reflections. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.  ~Cicero

Dreams grow like wildflowers in her soul. ~Terri Guillemets

Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.  ~Timothy Leary

There are relapses in the disorders of the soul as well as in those of the body. What we take to be our cure is most often nothing but an intermission or a change of the disorder. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault (1613–1680)

The soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on.  ~Josiah Gilbert Holland

It would be idle to say that life is a steady progression in happiness. But it is most certain that in the natural course of things a healthy soul grows continually richer until its latest day on earth. ~George S. Merriam

Living is being born slowly.  It would be a little too easy if we could borrow ready-made souls.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942

...every spiritual activity leaves traces, not only in the soul but also in the body; must then, if apoplexy or age destroy corporeal activity, must the soul's fire be therefore quenched? ~Jean Paul Fr. Richter, "506th Station," The Campaner Thal: or, Discourses on the Immortality of the Soul, translated from German by Juliette Bauer

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.  ~Ferdinand Foch

Her innocent soul was made of fairy dust and dreams. ~Terri Guillemets, "Sweet," 2003

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

[D]ivine Providence... keeps the universe open in every direction to the soul... ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nominalist and Realist"

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

Anticipation Awakes the Passion, Vision Ignites the Heart, Touch Erupts the Soul. ~Craig D. Slovak

Souls wouldn't wear suits and ties — they'd wear comfy bluejeans and sit cross-legged with a glass of red wine... ~Terri Guillemets

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of another boy.  ~Woody Allen

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