soul Quotes

97 of the best book quotes about soul
  1. #1
    “She ruled in beauty o’er this heart of mine,
    A noble lady in a humble home,
    And now her time for heavenly bliss has come,
    ’Tis I am mortal proved, and she divine.
    The soul that all its blessings must resign,
    And love whose light no more on earth finds room
    Might rend the rocks with pity for their doom,
    Yet none their sorrows can in words enshrine;
    They weep within my heart; no ears they find
    Save mine alone, and I am crushed with care,
    And naught remains to me save mournful breath.
    Assuredly but dust and shade we are;
    Assuredly desire is mad and blind;
    Assuredly its hope but ends in death.”
  2. #2
    “Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”
  3. #3
    “I stared at the brick as it slid across the clean, worn, wooden floor, and at the glass that scattered about my feet. Outside I could hear jeers and shouts. For one moment I glimpsed howling, sweating, red-and-white faces, distorted into hideous masks of hatred and cruelty, a sea of demon heads that bobbed restlessly outside our store. I could not understand the words they were growling out, but their intention was plain. They wanted to burn and loot and hurt. Looking into that huge mass of faces was like looking into the ugliest depths of the human soul.”
  4. #4
    “Gentle severity, repulses mild,
    Full of chaste love and pity sorrowing;
    Graceful rebukes, that had the power to bring
    Back to itself a heart by dreams beguiled;
    A tender voice, whose accents undefiled
    Held sweet restraints, all duty honoring;
    The bloom of virtue; purity’s clear spring
    To cleanse away base thoughts and passions wild;
    Divinest eyes to make a lover’s bliss,
    Whether to bridle in the wayward mind
    Lest its wild wanderings should the pathway miss,
    Or else its griefs to soothe, its wounds to bind;
    This sweet completeness of thy life it is
    Which saved my soul; no other peace I find.”
  5. #5
    “O ye who trace through scattered verse the sound
    Of those long sighs wherewith I fed my heart
    Amid youth’s errors, when in greater part
    That man unlike this present man was found;
    For the mixed strain which here I do compound
    Of empty hopes and pains that vainly start,
    Whatever soul hath truly felt love’s smart,
    With pity and with pardon will abound.
    But now I see full well how long I earned
    All men’s reproof; and oftentimes my soul
    Lies crushed by its own grief; and it doth seem
    For such misdeed shame is the fruitage whole,
    And wild repentance and the knowledge learned
    That worldly joy is still a short, short dream.”
  6. #6
    “May you recognize in your life the presence, power, and light of your soul. May you realize that you are never alone, that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe. May you have respect for your own individuality and difference. ”
  7. #7
    “The secret and the sacred are sisters. When the secret is not respected, the sacred vanishes. Consequently, reflection should not shine too severe or aggressive a light on the world of the soul.”
  8. #8
    “Yes, all our souls are written in our eyes!”
  9. #9
    “All through your life your soul takes care of you...your soul is alive and awakened, gathering, sheltering and guiding your ways and days in the world. In effect, your soul is your secret shelter.”
  10. #10
    “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny.”
  11. #11
    There was a thing called the soul and a thing called immortality.
  12. #12
    “Your soul is the priestess of memory, selecting, sifting, and ultimately gathering your vanishing days toward presence.”
  1. #13
    “The soul has wants which must be satisfied; and whatever pains be taken to divert it from itself, it soon grows weary, restless, and disquieted amidst the enjoyments of sense.”
  2. #14
    “By my soul I swear, there is no power in the tongue of man to alter me.”
  3. #15
    “‘This is where you can find your soul, if you dare. Where you can touch that part of you that you’ve never dared look at before.’”
  4. #16
    “Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.”
  5. #17
    “Though her soul requires seeing, the culture around her requires sightlessness. Though her soul wishes to speak its truth, she is pressured to be silent.”
  6. #18
    “The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place.”
  7. #19
    “This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
    Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
    Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best.
    Night, sleep, and the stars.”
  8. #20
    “Let your soul stand cool and composed
    before a million universes.”
  9. #21
    “We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts”
  10. #22
    “When the eyes of the soul looking out meet the eyes of God looking in, heaven has begun right here on this earth.”
  11. #23
    “We praise the Reason or Rational part of the Soul, because it exhorts a right and to the best course: but clearly there is in them, beside the Reason, some other natural principle which fights with and strains against the Reason.”
  12. #24
    Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.

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  1. #25
    “Two souls live in me, alas,
    Irreconcilable with one another.”
  2. #26
    “No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.”
  3. #27
    “It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters. And if all of us are play-acting, there can be no such things as a soul mate, because we don’t have genuine souls.”
  4. #28
    “Body and soul ... fit so well together
    yet they are eternally in contention.”
  5. #29
    “By Human Excellence we mean not that of man’s body but that of his soul; for we call Happiness a working of the Soul.”
  6. #30
    “In my soul and in my heart, I’m convinced I’m wrong!”
  7. #31
    “But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe.”
    John Steinbeck
    East of Eden
  8. #32
    “She realized that the landscape of a woman’s soul could change as quickly as a world at war.”
  9. #33
    “As to moral philosophy, they have the same disputes among them as we have here. They examine what are properly good, both for the body and the mind; and whether any outward thing can be called truly good, or if that term belong only to the endowments of the soul.”
  10. #34
    “It is high time for thee to understand the true nature both of the world, whereof thou art a part; and of that Lord and Governor of the world, from whom, as a channel from the spring, thou thyself didst flow: and that there is but a certain limit of time appointed unto thee, which if thou shalt not make use of to calm and allay the many distempers of thy soul, it will pass away and thou with it, and never after return.”
  11. #35
    “Every man’s happiness depends from himself, but behold thy life is almost at an end, whiles affording thyself no respect, thou dost make thy happiness to consist in the souls, and conceits of other men.”
  12. #36
    “There is nothing more wretched than that soul, which in a kind of circuit compasseth all things, searching (as he saith) even the very depths of the earth; and by all signs and conjectures prying into the very thoughts of other men’s souls; and yet of this, is not sensible, that it is sufficient for a man to apply himself wholly, and to confine all his thoughts and cares to the tendance of that spirit which is within him, and truly and really to serve him.”
  1. #37
    “Philosophy doth consist in this, for a man to preserve that spirit which is within him, from all manner of contumelies and injuries, and above all pains or pleasures; never to do anything either rashly, or feignedly, or hypocritically: wholly to depend from himself and his own proper actions: all things that happen unto him to embrace contentedly, as coming from Him from whom he himself also came; and above all things, with all meekness and a calm cheerfulness, to expect death, as being nothing else but the resolution of those elements, of which every creature is composed.”
  2. #38
    “You must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.”
  3. #39
    “There comes an end to all things; the most capacious measure is filled at last; and this brief condescension to evil finally destroyed the balance of my soul.”
  4. #40
    “I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.”
  5. #41
    “[My father] taught me with silence. . .to look into myself, to find my own strength, to walk around inside myself in company with my soul. . . . One learns of the pain of others by suffering one’s own pain … by turning inside oneself. . . . It makes us aware of how frail and tiny we are and of how much we must depend upon the Master of the Universe.”
  6. #42
    “It may be that without a vision men shall die. It is no less true that, without hard practical sense, they shall also die. Without Jefferson the new nation might have lost its soul. Without Hamilton it would assuredly have been killed in body.”
  7. #43
    My body is but the lees of my better being.
  8. #44
    “Prosperity has little to do with temporal success and more to do with spiritual resilience and the fortitude of the soul.”
  9. #45
    “Perfume is the soul of the flower, and sea-flowers have no soul.”
  10. #46
    “The masculine heart needs a place where nothing is prefabricated, modular, non fat, ziplock, franchised, on-line, microwavable. Where there are no deadlines, cellphones, or committee meetings. Where there is room for the soul.”
  11. #47
    “Jasnah held up a finger to quiet her. ‘All things have three components: the soul, the body, and the mind. That place you saw, Shadesmar, is what we call the Cognitive Realm—the place of the mind.‘”
  12. #48
    “An evil soul producing holy witness
    Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
    A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
    O what a goodly outside falsehood hath!”

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  1. #49
    “The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul.”
  2. #50
    “Oh, to-night I gave you my soul, and I am dead!”
  3. #51
    ″‘Your soul is a beautiful thing, child.’ replied the grave man’s voice, ‘and I thank you. No emperor received so fair a gift. The angels wept to-night.”
  4. #52
    “A traveler I am, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul.”
  5. #53
    “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
  6. #54
    “Expectation. That is the true soul of art. If you can give a man more than he expects, then he will laud you his entire life. If you can create an air of anticipation and feed it properly, you will succeed.”
  7. #55
    “Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. ”
  8. #56
    “How will I teach this mind what it is to have a soul? How will I teach this mind to understand pain? How will I teach it to want to take on another person’s suffering?”
  9. #57
    “but bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical
    dilemma/ i havent conquered yet/ do you see the point
    my spirit is too ancient to understand the separation of soul & gender/ my love is too delicate to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too delicate to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too beautiful to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too sanctified to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too magic to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too saturday nite to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too complicated to have thrown back on my face
    my love is too music to have thrown back on my face”
  10. #58
    “I am lost without you. I am soulless, a drifter without a home, a solitary bird in a flight to nowhere. I am all these things, and I am nothing at all. This, my darling, is my life without you. I long for you to show me how to live again.”
  11. #59
    “Have you never observed how invincible and unconquerable is spirit and how the presence of it makes the soul of any creature to be absolutely fearless and indomitable?”
  12. #60
    “The fruit of Soothfastness is true and sweet;
    The fruit of lusts is pain and toil; the fruit
    Of Ignorance is deeper darkness
    The elements, the conscious life, the mind,
    The unseen vital force, the nine strange gates
    Of the body, and the five domains of sense;
    Desire, dislike, pleasure and pain, and thought
    Deep-woven, and persistency of being;
    These all are wrought on Matter by the Soul!”
  1. #61
    “A mess of beautiful contradictions make her whole, she wears fire for skin but a storm lives in her soul.”
  2. #62
    “Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached. Were the souls the exception to that rule? Could they have the light without the darkness of the world?”
  3. #63
    “The man in black travels with your soul in his pocket.”
  4. #64
    “No reason can be asked or given why the soul seeks beauty.”
  5. #65
    “When Love doth those sweet eyes to earth incline,
    And weaves those wandering notes into a sigh
    With his own touch, and leads a minstrelsy
    Clear-voiced and pure, angelic and divine,—
    He makes sweet havoc in this heart of mine,
    And to my thoughts brings transformation high,
    So that I say, ‘My time has come to die,
    If fate so blest a death for me design.’
    But to my soul, thus steeped in joy, the sound
    Brings such a wish to keep that present heaven,
    It holds my spirit back to earth as well.
    And thus I live: and thus is loosed and wound
    The thread of life which unto me was given
    By this sole Siren who with us doth dwell.”
  6. #66
    “Dreams bore my fancy to that region where
    She dwells whom here I seek, but cannot see.
    ’Mid those who in the loftiest heaven be
    I looked on her, less haughty and more fair.
    She took my hand, she said, ‘Within this sphere,
    If hope deceive not, thou shalt dwell with me:
    I filled thy life with war’s wild agony;
    Mine own day closed ere evening could appear.
    My bliss no human thought can understand;
    I wait for thee alone, and that fair veil
    Of beauty thou dost love shall yet retain.’
    Why was she silent then, why dropped my hand
    Ere those delicious tones could quite avail
    To bid my mortal soul in heaven remain?”
  7. #67
    “Those eyes, ’neath which my passionate rapture rose,
    The arms, hands, feet, the beauty that erewhile
    Could my own soul from its own self beguile,
    And in a separate world of dreams enclose,
    The hair’s bright tresses, full of golden glows,
    And the soft lightning of the angelic smile
    That changed this earth to some celestial isle,—
    Are now but dust, poor dust, that nothing knows.
    And yet I live! Myself I grieve and scorn,
    Left dark without the light I loved in vain,
    Adrift in tempest on a bark forlorn;
    Dead is the source of all my amorous strain,
    Dry is the channel of my thoughts outworn,
    And my sad harp can sound but notes of pain.”
  8. #68
    “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”
  9. #69
    “The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter - often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter - in the eye.”
  10. #70
    “I have little left in myself -- I must have you. The world may laugh -- may call me absurd, selfish -- but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.”
  11. #71
    “Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”
  12. #72
    “It was November--the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”
  1. #73
    “But I should be false in the earliest sentiments of my soul, if I suppressed the opinion. I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.”
  2. #74
    “Ferreting in one’s soul, one often ferrets out something that might have lain there unnoticed.”
  3. #75
    “My soul is in the sky.”
  4. #76
    “Thus I die. Thus, thus, thus.
    Now I am dead,
    Now I am fled,
    My soul is in the sky.
    Tongue, lose thy light.
    Moon take thy flight.
    Now die, die, die, die.”
  5. #77
    “No need my unlucky one, to grieve here any longer, no, don’t waste your life away. Now I am willing heart and soul to send you off at last.”
  6. #78
    “Whatever life you lead, you must put your soul into it--to make any sort of success of it; and from the moment you do that it ceases to be romance, I assure you; it becomes reality!”
  7. #79
    “To become a happy person have a clean soul, eyes that see romance in the commonplace, a child’s heart, and spiritual simplicity.”
  8. #80
    “It is significant that the word ‘holiness’ derives from a word meaning ‘wholeness’ and the word ‘meditation,’ usually used in a religious sense, closely resembles the root meaning of the word ‘medication.’ The affinity of the two words is startlingly evident when we realize that sincere and practical meditation upon God and His truth acts as a medication for the soul and body.”
  9. #81
    “He had started to suspect that his venerable father and his other teachers, that the wise Brahmans had already revealed to him the most and best of their wisdom, that they had already filled his expecting vessel with their richness, and the vessel was not full, the spirit was not content, the soul was not calm, the heart was not satisfied.”
  10. #82
    “I am nothing special; of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”
  11. #83
    “The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we’ve lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we’ve found each other. And maybe each time, we’ve been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come.”
  12. #84
    “That’s my point. Body and soul. Two different things, in my case.”
  1. #85
    “I held you in my hand, Wanderer. And you were so beautiful.”
    Stephenie Meyer
    The Host
  2. #86
    “Because he was a soul, by nature he was all things good: compassionate, patient, honest, virtuous, and full of love.”
    Stephenie Meyer
    The Host
  3. #87
    “I have found that the platonic affection in friendships and familial love for children can be relied upon with certainty to lift the bruised soul and repair the wounded spirit.”
  4. #88
    “That which is within you and directs your life knows already. It’s good to realize that within us there is someone who knows everything, wills everything, does everything better than we ourselves.”
  5. #89
    “Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.”
  6. #90
    ″ War don’t ennoble men. It turns them into dogs... poisons the soul.”
  7. #91
    “Most men and women lead lives at the worst so painful, at the best so monotonous, poor and limited that the urge to escape, the longing to transcend themselves if only for a few moments, is and has always been one of the principal appetites of the soul.”
  8. #92
    “First of all, a soul is not something that you have. It is what you are.”
  9. #93
    “So I will always lean my heart as close to your soul as I can.”
  10. #94
    “Your soul once sat on an easel on my knee.
    For ages I have been sketching you
    With myriad shapes of sounds and light;”
  11. #95
    “Her soul is Alive. And we are drawn to her.”
  12. #96
    “The soul is the prison of the body.”
  13. #97
    “Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow.”
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