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[ Also see Angels Apparitions Curses Fairies Ghosts Imagination Spirit Visions Witches ]

For my own part, I am apt to join in the opinion with those who believe that all the regions of Nature swarm with spirits, and that we have multitudes of spectators on all our actions when we think ourselves most alone.
      - Joseph Addison

Whether dark presages of the night proceed from any latent power of the soul during her abstraction, or from any operation of subordinate spirits, has been a dispute.
      - Joseph Addison

Why, a spirit is such a little, little thing, that I have heard man, who was a great scholar, say that he'll dance ye a hornpipe upon the point of a needle.
      - Joseph Addison, The Drummer (act I, sc. 1)

Beautiful spirit, with thy hair of light and dazzling eyes of glory!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Some who are far from atheists, may make themselves merry with that conceit of thousands of spirits dancing at once upon a needle's point.
      - Ralph Cudworth,
        True Intellectual System of the Universe
         (vol. III, p. 497), (ed, 1829)

A Corpse or a Ghost-- . . . I'd sooner be one or t'other, square and fair, than a Ghost in a Corpse, which is my feelins at present.
      - William de Morgan, Joseph Vance
         (ch. XXXIX)

Beware what spirit rages in your breast; for one inspired, ten thousand are possessed.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

There's a spirit above, and a spirit below,
  A spirit of joy, and a spirit of woe,
    The spirit above is the spirit divine,
      The spirit below is the spirit of wine.[Unattributed--[written about 1825]} Wicked spirits may by their cunning carry further in a seeming confederacy or subserviency to the designs of a good angel.
      - John Dryden, written about 1825

I am the spirit of the morning sea,
  I am the awakening and the glad surprise.
      - Richard Watson Gilder, Ode

I am the Spirit that denies.
  [Ger., Ich bin der Geist stets verneint.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 3, 163)

Aerial spirits, by great Jove design'd
  To be on earth the guardians of mankind:
    Invisible to mortal eyes they go,
      And mark our actions, good or bad, below:
        The immortal spies with watchful care preside,
          And thrice ten thousand round their charges glide:
            They can reward with glory or with gold,
              A power they by Divine permission hold.
      - Hesiod, Works and Days (l. 164)

He had been indulging in fanciful speculations on spiritual essences until he had an ideal world of his own around him.
      - Washington Irving

Without the notion and allowance of spirits, our philosophy will be lame and defective in one main part of it.
      - John Locke (1)

Spirits live insphered, in regions mild, of calm and serene air.
      - John Milton

The spirits perverse with easy intercourse pass to and fro, to tempt or punish mortals.
      - John Milton

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
  Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 678)

Know then, unnumber'd Spirits round thee fly,
  The light Militia of the lower sky.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock (I, 41)

Spirits of peace, where are ye? are ye all gone?
  And leave me here in wretchedness behind ye?
      - William Shakespeare

Whither are they vanished? Into the air; and what seemed corporal melted, as breath into the wind.
      - William Shakespeare

There is an evil spirit continually active and intent to seduce.
      - Bishop Robert South

How must a spirit, late escaped from earth, the truth of things new blazing in its eyes, look back astonished on the ways of men, whose lives' whole drift is to forget their graves!
      - Edward Young

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