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Quotes on the Soul


“Walking was not fast enough so we ran. Running was not fast enough, so we galloped. Galloping was not fast enough, so we sailed. Sailing was not fast enough, so we rolled merrily along on long metal tracks. Long metal tracks were not fast enough, so we drove. Driving was not fast enough, so we flew.

Flying isn't fast enough, not fast enough for us. We want to get there faster. Get where? Wherever we are not. But a human soul can go only as fast as a man can walk, they used to say. In that case, where are all the souls? Left behind. They wander here and there, slowly, dim lights flickering in the marshes at night, looking for us. But they're not nearly fast enough, not for us, we're way ahead of them, they'll never catch up. That's why we can go so fast: our souls don't weigh us down.”
― Margaret Atwood, Bottle


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
― Pablo Picasso


“Living a lie – pretending everything is fine when we are actually discontented – is hard work and, in the long run, even bad for our health. We pay a high price for compromising on this honesty – and neglecting ourselves. Finding our inner passion, our mission in life, and connecting with who we really are, our spiritual being or our higher self – this is the key to success and fulfilment. Our ‘soul’ purpose is our sole purpose in life.”
― Kristiane Backer, From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life


“How do you weigh a soul?
Is it heavy with love or hate?
Does it deny the things it's done?
Does it even remember its own name?
Does it miss those it has loved?
Does it long for the life it's lost?
How do you weigh a soul?
After it has paid the highest cost,
Does it lose the will to live?
Without a physical shell
Does it sense without hands
That can touch and truly feel
Does it need sustenance to last?
A cold drink or warm meal
How do you weigh a soul?
Are souls even real?”
― Ashley Jeffery, Soul Eater


“The nurse of full-grown souls is solitude.”
― James Russell Lowell


“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin


“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
― Ingmar Bergman


"Sometimes the best and worst times of your life can coincide. It is a talent of the soul to discover the joy in pain—-thinking of moments you long for, and knowing you’ll never have them again. The beautiful ghosts of our past haunt us, and yet we still can’t decide if the pain they caused us out weighs the tender moments when they touched our soul. This is the irony of love.”
― Shannon L. Alder


“I believe humans have souls, and I believe in the conservation of souls.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


“But souls can't be sold. They can only be lost and never found again.”
― Ray Bradbury, Long After Midnight


“Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.”
― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals


“Better lose your life than your soul…”
― Louisa May Alcott, Jo's Boys


“Just above our terror, the stars painted this story
in perfect silver calligraphy. And our souls, too often
abused by ignorance, covered our eyes with mercy.”
― Aberjhani, I Made My Boy Out of Poetry


“Well-meaning, helpful, good-natured attitudes of mind have not come to be honored on account of their usefulness, but because they are states of richer souls that are capable of bestowing and have their value in the feeling of the plenitude of life.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power


“Split second glimpses into souls are all I have managed to find.”
― Soren Narnia, Tyrant, Draw Thy Sword


"Brother Cadfael knew better than to be in a hurry, where souls were concerned. There was plenty of elbow-room in eternity.”
― Ellis Peters, A Rare Benedictine


“Only a spirit of artistic sincerity can console the souls of humankind.”
― Qiu Miaojin, Last Words from Montmartre


“I wondered whether music might not be the unique example of what might have been - if the invention of language, the formation of words, the analysis of ideas had not intervened - the means of communication of souls.”
― Marcel Proust, The Captive & The Fugitive


“In reality, there are no enemies; we're all souls in growth, waking up”
― James Redfield, The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision


“Life: composted lessons for our hearts to blossom into our souls.”
― Soul Dancer, Pay Me What I'm Worth


"When we face our fear of death and slow down our busy lives, we come to realize our relationships are precious, a part of life’s foundation. Knowing this fact helps us to understand that death’s true purpose is to teach us how to live.”
― Molly Friedenfeld, The Book of Simple Human Truths


“Love is ageless and colorless. It is a spiritual force that binds two hearts and two souls together as one.”
― Ellen J. Barrier, The Price We Must Pay for Our Father's Sins


“You have to be the nourishment for other people’s souls until they learn to feed on God.”
― Oswald Chambers


“Some things are so powerful and so beautiful that to see them will turn your soul inside out.”
― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing


“And as the ax bites into the wood, be comforted in the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means that you are still alive, still human, and still open to the beauty of the world, even though you have done nothing to deserve it.”
― Paul Harding, Tinkers


“Conscious humility is the decision to live from our hearts.”
― Molly Friedenfeld, The Book of Simple Human Truths


“We must see people not as object but as beings, with souls and with bodies through which they express their souls.”
― Kate Wicker, Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body

[cross-posted on open salon]

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A Few Words on the Soul

by Wislawa Szymborska
translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh

We have a soul at times.

No one’s got it non-stop,

for keeps.

Day after day,

year after year

may pass without it.


it will settle for awhile

only in childhood’s fears and raptures.

Sometimes only in astonishment

that we are old.

It rarely lends a hand

in uphill tasks,

like moving furniture,

or lifting luggage,

or going miles in shoes that pinch.

It usually steps out

whenever meat needs chopping

or forms have to be filled.

For every thousand conversations

it participates in one,

if even that,

since it prefers silence.

Just when our body goes from ache to pain,

it slips off-duty.

It’s picky:

it doesn’t like seeing us in crowds,

our hustling for a dubious advantage

and creaky machinations make it sick.

Joy and sorrow

aren’t two different feelings for it.

It attends us

only when the two are joined.

We can count on it

when we’re sure of nothing

and curious about everything.

Among the material objects

it favors clocks with pendulums

and mirrors, which keep on working

even when no one is looking.

It won’t say where it comes from

or when it’s taking off again,

though it’s clearly expecting such questions.

We need it

but apparently

it needs us

for some reason too.