An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel; its poverty by how little.


William R. Alger (1822-1905, American writer)


The only substance properly so called is the soul.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


The soul never thinks without a picture.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


To live happily is an inward power of the soul.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


It's great to be able to pinch your side and find there's not too much fat. Can you pinch your soul and find the same?


Christopher Blake


You have the need and the right to spend part of your life caring for your soul. It is not easy. You have to resist the demands of the work-oriented, often defensive, element in your psyche that measures life only in terms of output -- how much you produce -- not in terms of the quality of your life experiences. To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution.


Jean Shinoda Bolen (American medical doctor)


The soul gives unity to what it looks at with love.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


In the darkest hours the soul is replenished and given strength to continue and endure.


Heart Warrior Chosa


The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it's overturned the order of the soul...


Leonard Cohen (1934-, Canadian-born American musician, songwriter, singer)


Secrecy is the soul of all great designs.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


If God gave the soul his whole creation she would not be filled thereby but only with himself.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


It is only to the individual that a soul is given.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The soul's emphasis is always right.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The soul's impurity consists in bad judgments, and purification consists in producing in it right judgments, and the pure soul is one which has right judgments.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Ahimsa is the attribute of the soul, and therefore, to be practiced by everybody in all affairs of life. If it cannot be practiced in all departments, it has no practical value.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Two souls with but a single thought. Two hearts that beat as one.


Fredrich Halm


It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll; I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.


William Ernest Henley (1849-1903, British poet, critic, editor)


The soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on.


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


The man who is always worrying whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Intrepidity is an extraordinary strength of soul that raises it above the troubles, disorders, and emotions that the sight of great perils can arouse in it. By this strength, heroes maintain a calm aspect and preserve their reason and liberty in the most surprising and terrible predicaments.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.


Douglas Macarthur (1880-1964, American army general during WW II)


Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.


Douglas Macarthur (1880-1964, American army general during WW II)


The soul is made of love and must ever strive to return to love. Therefore, it can never find rest nor happiness in other things. It must lose itself in love. By its very nature it must seek God, who is love.


Mechthild of Magdeburg


How shall the soul of a man be larger than the life he has lived?


Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950, American poet, novelist)


The human soul's greatness is displayed by knowing how to stay within the proper bounds.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


The human soul's greatness is displayed by knowing how to stay within the proper bounds.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


The meat-biting tooth is in the mouth; the man-biting tooth is in the soul.


Mongolian Proverb


The thing which counts is the striving of the human soul to achieve spiritually the best that it is capable of and to care unselfishly not only for personal good, but for the good of all those who toil with them upon the earth.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


To expect a personality to survive the disintegration of the brain is like expecting a cricket club to survive when all of its members are dead.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Great souls endure in silence.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


What the inner voice says will not disappoint the hoping soul.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


We know now that the soul is the body, and the body the soul. They tell us they are different because they want to persuade us that we can keep our souls if we let them make slaves of our bodies.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Each of us comes into life with fists closed, set for aggressiveness and acquisition. But when we abandon life our hands are open; there is nothing on earth that we need, nothing the soul can take with it.


Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979, American Roman Catholic clergyman, broadcaster)


Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul? Man is a great depth, O Lord. The hairs of his head are easier by far to count than his feeling, the movements of his heart.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


If you purify your soul of attachment to and desire for things, you will understand them spiritually. If you deny your appetite for them, you will enjoy their truth, understanding what is certain in them.


St. John of the Cross (1542-1591, Spanish Christian mystic and poet)


The soul that is attached to anything however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of divine union. For whether it be a strong wire rope or a slender and delicate thread that holds the bird, it matters not, if it really holds it fast; for, until the cord be broken the bird cannot fly.


St. John of the Cross (1542-1591, Spanish Christian mystic and poet)


What is does a person profit if they gain the whole world and lose their soul.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


However intense my experience, I am conscious of the presence and criticism of a part of me, which, as it were, is not a part of me, but a spectator, sharing no experience, but taking note of it, and that is no more I than it is you. When the play, it may be the tragedy, of life is over, the spectator goes his way. It was a kind of fiction, a work of the imagination only, so far as he was concerned.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A little body often harbors a great soul.


Author Unknown


As it is not proper to cure the eyes without the head, nor the head without the body, so neither is it proper to cure the body without the soul.


Author Unknown


From the looks not the lips the soul speaks.


Author Unknown


I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three.


Author Unknown


The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves.


Author Unknown


The soul, by an instinct stronger than reason, ever associates beauty with truth.


Author Unknown


Thou are never at any time nearer to God than when under tribulation; which he permits for the purifications and beautifying of thy soul.


Author Unknown


To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


Of the three prerequisites of genius; the first is soul; the second is soul; and the third is soul.


Edwin P. Whipple (1819-1886, American essayist)


How strange a thing this is! The Priest telleth me that the Soul is worth all the gold in the world, and the merchants say that it is not worth a clipped piece of silver.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


We are truly indefatigable in providing for the needs of the body, but we starve the soul.


Ellen Wood (1813-1887, British playwright, writer, journalist)


This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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