A common concept of the soul is that the essence of a self lies in some
spark of invisible light, a thing that cowers out of body, out of mind,
and out of sight.... To look for our virtue in such thoughts seems just
as wrongly aimed a search as seeking art in canvas cloths by scraping
off the painter's works.
A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
A fella ain't got a soul of his own, just a piece of a big soul, the one
that belongs to everybody.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little
statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul
has simply nothing to do.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul.
Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi
A human soul devoid of longing was a soul deformed, deprived of its
highest good, sick unto death.
A little righteous anger really brings out the best in the American
personality. Our nation was born when 56 patriots got mad enough to sign
the Declaration of Independence. We put a man on the moon because
Sputnik made us mad at being number two in space. Getting mad in a
constructive way is good for the soul- and the country.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero
A soul is a troublesome possession, and when man developed it he lost
the Garden of Eden.
-W. Somerset Maugham
All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us
is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach
myself from the wickedest soul.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do
anything than face the gods.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and
more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious
day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last
and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world
Be careless in your dress, if you must; but keep a tidy soul.
-Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; Charms strike the sight,
but merit wins the soul.
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
Books are the mirrors of the soul.
Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A house without
books is like a room without windows.
But the world will never weary of watching that troubled soul in its
progress from darkness to darkness.
Celebrity is a corrosive condition for the soul.
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
Confession is good for the conscience, but it usually bypasses the soul.
Confession is good for the soul in the sense that a tweed coat is good
-Peter De Vries
Corporations cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated,
for they have no souls.
-Sir Edward Coke
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your
tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by
Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory
Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to
cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope
that he will rise even in the end.
Do you, good people, believe that Adam and Eve were created in the
Garden of Eden and that they were forbidden to eat from the tree of
knowledge? I do. The church has always been afraid of that tree. It
still is afraid of knowledge. Some of you say religion makes people
happy. So does laughing gas. So does whiskey. I believe in the brain of
man. I'm not worried about my soul.
Don't let your hearts grow numb. Stay alert. It is your soul which
Every human soul is of infinite value, eternal, free; no human being,
therefore, is so placed as not to have within his reach, in himself and
others, objects adequate to infinite endeavor.
-Arthur James Balfour
Every writer dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature
into his pictures.
-Henry Ward Beecher
Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and
another of darkness on the confines of two everlasting hostile empires,-
Necessity and Free Will.
Fame like a drunkard consumes the house of the soul.
Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a
kiss, and 50 cents for your soul.
How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of
those who are left behind?
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.
-William Butler Yeats
Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is
the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any
peace of mind until we are secure in our own soul.
-Margaret Chase Smith
I believe that man will not merely endure, he will prevail. He is
immortal, not because he, alone among creatures, has an inexhaustible
voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and
sacrifice and endurance.
I belong to the Great Church which holds the world within its starlit
aisles; that claims the great and good of every race and clime; that
finds with joy the grain of gold in every creed, and floods with light
and love the germs of good in every soul.
-Robert G. Ingersoll
I cannot believe that there is any being in this universe who has
created a human soul for eternal pain. I would rather that every god
would destroy himself; I would rather that we all should go to eternal
chaos, to black and starless night, than that just one soul should
suffer eternal agony.
-Robert G. Ingersoll
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his
creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own- a God, in short, who
is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the
individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor
such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.
I do not mind if I lose my soul for all eternity. If the kind of God
exists Who would damn me for not working out a deal with Him, then that
is unfortunate. I should not care to spend eternity in the company of
such a person.
I don't actually take much stock in the collapsing culture bit. I'm
beginning to see it instead as the conduct of life without input from
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of
I have never yet met a healthy person who worries very much about his
health or a really good person who worries much about his own soul.
I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul. (From the comic
strip Calvin and Hobbes)
I once loved a woman, a child I am told
I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul.
But don't think twice, it's all right.
I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I
looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and
degrade my soul by making me hate him.
-Booker T. Washington
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and
gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
If my soul exists without my body I am convinced all my clothes will be
If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.
If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul.
-Logan Pearsall Smith
If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul
left to lose.
Illusions are to the soul what atmosphere is to the earth.
Impropriety is the soul of wit.
-W. Somerset Maugham
In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the
morning, day after day.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
In order to be created, a work of art must first make use of the dark
forces of the soul.
In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing
heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.
Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.
-Mary McLeod Bethune
It does not matter so much what you do. What matters is whether your
soul is harmed by what you do. If your soul is harmed, something
irreparable happens, the extent of which you won't realize until it will
be too late.
It is by little things that we know ourselves; a soul would very
probably mistake itself for another, when once disembodied, were it not
for individual experiences which differ from those of others only in
details seemingly trifling.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
It is only the souls that do not love that go empty in this world.
-Robert Hugh Benson
It is the still, small voice that the soul heeds, not the deafening
blasts of doom.
-William Dean Howells
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles; the less
they have in them the more noise they make in pouring out.
It will be a great thing for the human soul when it finally stops
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman
It's good for the soul to hear yourself as others hear you, and next
time maybe, just maybe, you will not talk so much, so loudly, so
brilliantly, so charmingly, so utterly shamelessly foolishly.
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have
Like body and soul theory and practice are one, and like body and soul
they are for the most part at loggerheads.
-Marie Ebner von Ebner-Eschenbach
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
-Zora Neale Hurston
Man has sold his soul for time, language, tools, weapons, and dominance.
-William S. Burroughs
Man has wrested from nature the power to make the world a desert or to
make deserts bloom. There is no evil in the atom; only in men's souls.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II
Maybe a man has to sell his soul to get the power to do good.
-Robert Penn Warren
More men discover their souls in darkness than they do in light. This is
not to invite darkness; it is only to be reminded that darkness need not
go to waste when it is thrust upon us.
-Fulton J. Sheen
Most of the world's great souls have been lonely.
-Aiden Wilson Tozer
Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the
-Logan Pearsall Smith
My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby
to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its
My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions.
My soul lives in a place where the passions have passed by and where I
have known them all.
Never let a man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means,
without sinning against his own soul. The evil effect on himself is
Obscurity can be a fire of ambition in those who have stalwart souls.
One drop of hatred in your soul will spread and discolor everything like
a drop of black ink in white milk. I was struck by that and meant to try
it, but knew I shouldn't waste the milk.
Only the soul that suffers knows its suffering. Only the one who needs
knows what need means.
Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are
infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
Our critics are the unpaid guardians of our souls.
-Corrie ten Boom
People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing
their own souls.
Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
Some day you will know that there is a beauty of the soul that is more
important than worldly beauty. Remember this when you see worldly beauty.
-John P. Marquand
Suffering is not good for the soul, unless it teaches you to stop
The eyes are the window to where the soul is supposed to be.
The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it- basically
because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.
The greatest battles in life are fought in the quiet chambers of the
-David O. McKay
The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no
concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the
miseries of others.
-Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The imagination is the eye of the soul.
The real lost souls don't wear their hair long and play guitars. They
have crew cuts, trained minds, sign on for research in biological
warfare, and don't give their parents a moment's worry.
-John Boynton Priestley
The Soul is born old, but it grows young; that is the comedy of life.
The Body is born young and grows old; that is life's tragedy.
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be
polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
The soul may sleep and the body still be happy, but only in youth.
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic
There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose,
There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is
one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the
sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their
country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man
They were trying to save their souls- and who but a fool could fail to
see that all that was the matter with their souls was that they had not
been able to get a decent existence for their bodies?
Violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a
cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.
-Robert F. Kennedy
Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.
Whatever the soul knows how to seek, it cannot fail to obtain.
When one great passion seizes possession of the soul all other feelings
are crowded out.
-Lucy Maud Montgomery
When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
-Edward R. Murrow
You can lend them your talents, but don't give them your soul.
You do not 'have' a soul- you ARE a soul. You 'have' a body.
You got to decide what your soul can handle and how you want to be seen.
You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt,
then your skin and finally your soul.
-Charles de Gaulle
(November 21 is also the birthday of Voltaire )