„A good man knows when to sacrifice himself, a bad man survives but loses his soul.“

—  John le Carré, The Mission Song, The Mission Song (2006)
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„Don Quixote made himself ridiculous; but did he know the most tragic ridicule of all, the inward ridicule, the ridiculousness of a man's self to himself, in the eyes of his own soul?“

—  Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), Conclusion : Don Quixote in the Contemporary European Tragi-Comedy, Context: Don Quixote made himself ridiculous; but did he know the most tragic ridicule of all, the inward ridicule, the ridiculousness of a man's self to himself, in the eyes of his own soul? Imagine Don Quixote's battlefield to be his own soul; imagine him to be fighting in his soul to save the Middle Ages from the Renaissance, to preserve the treasure of his infancy; imagine him an inward Don Quixote, with a Sancho at his side, inward and heroic too — and tell me if you find anything comic in the tragedy.

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

—  Jean De La Fontaine French poet, fabulist and writer. 1621 - 1695
Fables (1668–1679), L'homme est ainsi bâti: Quand un sujet l'enflamme L'impossibilité disparaît à son âme. Book VIII (1678-1679), fable 25.

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„A little bit of rape is good for a man's soul.“

—  Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007
Address on "Richard Milhous Nixon and Women's Liberation" at the University of California at Berkeley, as quoted in TIME magazine (6 November 1972) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,942598-2,00.html, which also reported that at the close of his address: : Mailer invited "all the feminists in the audience to please hiss." When a satisfying number obliged, he commented: "Obedient little bitches."

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„Our Good Lord shewed Himself in diverse manners both in heaven and in earth, but I saw Him take no place save in man’s soul.“

—  Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
The Sixteenth Revelation, Chapter 81, Context: Our Good Lord shewed Himself in diverse manners both in heaven and in earth, but I saw Him take no place save in man’s soul. He shewed Himself in earth in the sweet Incarnation and in His blessed Passion. And in other manner He shewed Himself in earth where I say: I saw God in a Point. And in another manner He shewed Himself in earth thus as it were in pilgrimage: that is to say, He is here with us, leading us, and shall be till when He hath brought us all to His bliss in heaven. He shewed Himself diverse times reigning, as it is aforesaid; but principally in man’s soul. He hath taken there His resting-place and His worshipful City: out of which worshipful See He shall never rise nor remove without end.

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„When the wise man opens his mouth, the beauties of his soul present themselves to the view, like the statues in a temple“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -500 a.C.
Florilegium, "Pythagorean Ethical Sentences From Stobæus" (1904)

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