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Blaise PascalOnce your soul has been enlarged by a truth, it can never return to its original size.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Arthur SchopenhauerMusic is the occult metaphysical exercise of a soul not knowing that it philosophizes.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonWhat lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Sylvia PlathHow we need another soul to cling to.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Ferdinand FochThe most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.

—  Ferdinand Foch, 1851-1929, French field marshal

Lord ChesterfieldGood humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Fernando PessoaMy soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Charles BaudelaireWomen do not know how to separate the soul from the body.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Henry David ThoreauThe great art of life is how to turn the surplus life of the soul into life for the body.

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

Fyodor DostoyevskyNeither a person nor a nation can exist without some higher idea. And there is only one higher idea on earth, and it is the idea of the immortality of the human soul.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Karl JungPeople will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Victor HugoThe flesh is the ashes, the soul is the flame.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

André GideSin is whatever obscures the soul.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

Joseph StalinThe writer is the engineer of the human soul.

—  Joseph Stalin, 1879-1953, Soviet leader

Douglas MacArthurAge wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Walt WhitmanWhatever satisfies the soul is truth.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Walt WhitmanWhat do you suppose will satisfy the soul except to walk free and own no superior?

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Marcel ProustYour soul is a dark forest. But the trees are of a particular species, they are genealogical trees.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Lao-TzuMusic in the soul can be heard by the universe.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Quotes in Verse

Bob DylanI gave her my heart but she wanted my soul.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Sylvia PlathI must get my soul back from you; I am killing my flesh without it.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Funny Quotes

Woody AllenI was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Ancient Greek

AristotleFriendship is one soul living in two bodies.

Φιλία εστί μία ψυχή εν δυσί σώμασιν ενοικουμένη.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher



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