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There is a divinity within our breast.
  [Lat., Deus est in pectore nostro.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (III, 4, 93)

It is certain that the soul is either mortal or immortal. The decision of this question must make a total difference in the principles of morals. Yet philosophers have arranged their moral system entirely independent of this. What an extraordinary blindness!
      - Blaise Pascal

The little flower that opens in the meadows lives and dies in a season; but what agencies have concentrated themselves to produce it! So the human soul lives in the midst of heavenly help.
      - Elizabeth Palmer Peabody

Our thoughts are boundless, though our frames are frail,
  Our souls immortal, though our limbs decay;
    Though darken'd in this poor life by a veil
      Of suffering, dying matter, we shall play
        In truth's eternal sunbeams; on the way
          To heaven's high capitol our cars shall roll;
            The temple of the Power whom all obey,
              That is the mark we tend to, for the soul
                Can take no lower flight, and seek no meaner goal.
      - James Gates Percival, Prometheus

I am myself my own commander.
  [Lat., Egomet sum mihi imperator.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Mercator
         (act V)

No craving void left aching in the soul.
      - Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard

The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home,
  Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 97)

Stript to the naked soul.
      - Alexander Pope, Lines to Mrs. Grace Butler,
        found in "Sussex Garland", nos. 9 and 10 under Warminghurst

Vital spark of heav'nly flame!
  Quit, oh quit, this mortal frame!
    Trembling, hoping, ling'ring, flying,
      Oh, the pain, the bliss of dying! . . .
        Hark! they whisper; angels say,
          Sister Spirit, come away!
      - Alexander Pope,
        The Dying Christian to His Soul,
        paraphrase of Emperor Hadrian's "Ode of the Christian to His Soul" in the "Spectator", Nov. 15, 1711

Or looks on heav'n with more than mortal eyes,
  Bids his free soul expatiate in the skies,
    Amid her kindred stars familiar roam,
      Survey the region, and confess her home.
      - Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest (l. 264)

My soul, the seas are rough, and thou a stranger
  In these false coasts; O keep aloof; there's danger;
    Cast forth thy plummet; see, a rock appears;
      Thy ships want sea-room; make it with thy tears.
      - Francis Quarles, Emblems (bk. III, ep. XI)

The soul languishing in obscurity contracts a kind of rust, or abandons itself to the chimera of presumption; for it is natural for it to acquire something, even when separated from any one.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

Go, Soul, the Body's guest,
  Upon a thankless errand;
    Fear not to touch the best,
      The truth shall be thy warrant.
        Go, since I needs must die,
          And give them all the lie.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Our immortal souls, while righteous, are by God himself beautified with the title of his own image and similitude.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Yet stab at thee who will,
  No stab the soul can kill!
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1), The Farewell

Goe sowle, the bodies gueste
  vpon a thankeles errant;
    feare not to touche the beste,
      the trueth shalbe thie warrant,
        goe, since I nedes muste die
          and tell them all they lie.
      - generally thought by Sir Walter Raleigh (1),
        The Lie (Souls Errand)
         (Harleian Library Manuscript 2293, folio 135),
        also in Harleian Manuscript 6910, folio 141

If self-knowledge be a path to virtue, virtue is a much better one to self-knowledge. The more pure the soul becomes, it will, like certain precious stones that are sensible to the contact of poison, shrink from the fetid vapors of evil impressions.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

There are souls which fall from heaven like flowers; but ere the pure and fresh buds can open, they are trodden in the dust of the earth, and lie soiled and crushed under the foul tread of some brutal hoof.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

In the darkest hour through which a human soul can pass, whatever else is doubtful, this at least is certain. If there be no God and no future state, yet even then it is better to be generous than selfish, better to be chaste than licentious, better to be true than false, better to be brave than to be a coward.
      - Frederick William Robertson

'Tis my soul
  That I thus hold erect as if with stays,
    And decked with daring deeds instead of ribbons,
      Twirling my wit as it were my moustache,
        The wile I pass among the crowd, I make
          Bold truths ring out like spurs.
      - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

Not all the subtilties of metaphysics can make me doubt a moment of the immortality of the soul, and of a beneficent Providence. I feel it, I believe it, I desire it, I hope it, and will defend it to my last breath.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Why should I start at the plough of my Lord, that maketh deep furrows on my soul? I know he is no idle husbandman; he purposeth a crop.
      - Samuel Rutherford

The human soul is like a bird that is born in a cage. Nothing can deprive it of its natural longings, or obliterate the mysterious remembrance of its heritage.
      - Epes Sargent

A noble soul has no other merit than to be a noble soul.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

A sublime soul can rise to all kinds of greatness, but by an effort; it can tear itself from all bondage, to all that limits and constrains it, but only by strength of will. Consequently the sublime soul is only free by broken efforts.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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