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The merits of a spotless shirt--
A dapper boot--a little hand--
If half the little soul is dirt.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson,
The New Timon and the Poets,
appeared in "Punch", Feb. 28, 1846, signed Alcibiades
Life is the soul's nursery.
- William Makepeace Thackeray
Her soul from earth to Heaven lies,
Like the ladder of the vision,
To and fro
In ascension and demission,
Star-flecked feet of Paradise.
- Francis Thompson,
Scala Jacobi Portaque Eburnea (st. 1)
As all curves have reference to their centres or foci, so all beauty of character has reference to the soul, and is a graceful gesture of recognition or waving of the body toward it.
- Henry David Thoreau
If our souls be immortal, this makes amends for the frailties of life and the sufferings of this state.
- John Tillotson
What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.
- Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
A Philosophical Dictionary--Soul
And keeps that palace of the soul serene.
- Edmund Waller, Of Tea (l. 9)
The Egyptians, by the concurrent testimony of antiquity, were among the first who taught that the soul was immortal.
- Bishop William Warburton
Advancing ever to the source of light
And all perfection, lives, adores, and reigns
In cloudless knowledge, purity, and bliss.
- Henry Ware, Jr.
Were I so tall to reach the pole,
Or grasp the ocean with my span,
I must be measur'd by my soul:
The mind's the standard of the man.
- Isaac Watts,
False Greatness--Horae Lyricae (bk. II)
The soul was never put in the body to stand still.
- John Webster
'T would take an angel from above
To paint th' immortal soul.
- Mrs. Amelia Ball Welby (nee Coppuck)
My soul is all an aching void.
- Charles Wesley (1), Hymn
A charge to keep I have,
A God to glorify:
A never-dying soul to save,
And fit it for the sky.
- Charles Wesley (1), Hymns (318)
O loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease, observing a spear of summer grass.
- Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
What, my soul, was thy errand here?
Was it mirth or ease,
Or heaping up dust from year to year?
"Nay, none of these!"
Speak, soul, aright in His holy sight,
Whose eye looks still
And steadily on thee through the night;
"To do His will!"
- John Greenleaf Whittier
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
- Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)
The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.
- Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
A Woman of No Importance
The gods approve the depth, and not the tumult of the soul.
- William Wordsworth
But who would force the Soul, tilts with a straw
Against a Champion cased in adamant.
- William Wordsworth, Ecclesiastical Sonnets
(pt. III, VII, Persecution of the Scottish Covenanters)
For the Gods approve
The depth, and not the tumult, of the soul.
- William Wordsworth, Laodamia
Lord of himself, though not of lands;
And having nothing, yet hath all.
- Sir Henry Wotton,
The Character of a Happy Life (st. 6)
Is not the mighty mind, that son of heaven!
By tyrant life dethroned, imprison'd, pain'd?
By death enlarg'd, ennobled, deify'd?
Death but entombs the body; life the soul.
- Edward Young
Who tells me he denies his soul's immortal,
Whate'er his boast, has told me he's a knave;
His duty, 'tis to love himself alone,
Nor care though mankind perish, if he smiles,
Who thinks ere long the man shall wholly die,
Is dead already; nought but brute survives.
- Edward Young
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