— Anne Lamott Novelist, essayist, memoirist, activist 1954
„You've been doing it for a long time, and that's what people do. There are reasons the ritual came about, but the ritual lasts long after the reasons have been forgotten.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
„We can see nothing whatever of the soul unless it is visible in the expression of the countenance;“
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
Context: We can see nothing whatever of the soul unless it is visible in the expression of the countenance; one might call the faces at a large assembly of people a history of the human soul written in a kind of Chinese ideograms. B 11
„Conflict is necessary for growth. But too often conflict becomes a haven for the soul. Until one day, the soul can no longer free itself. In real growth the soul learns to fly rather than having the ego inflated with praise from accomplishments as if it were a balloon. Only because it buys time, do we develop a strong and protective ego. This is the early stage in the soul’s evolution, until such time when the soul hatches out of its shell, which is the ego, into a new world in which there is incomparable beauty.“
— Eugene J. Martin American artist 1938 - 2005
„When the fruit appears the blossom drops off. Love of God is the fruit, and rituals are the blossom.“
— Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
„Blake said that the body was the soul's prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the 'windows of the soul.' When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experience.“
— Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors 1943 - 1971
„Unless souls are saved, nothing is saved; there can be no world peace unless there is soul peace. World wars are only projections of the conflicts waged inside the souls of men and women, for nothing happens in the external world that has not first happened within a soul.“
— Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979
Ch. 1, p. 1 (the opening paragraph of the book)
„The most common of all follies,' wrote H. L. Mencken, 'is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.' In culture after culture, people believe that the soul lives on after death, that rituals can change the physical world and divine the truth, and that illness and misfortune are caused and alleviated by spirits, ghosts, saints... and gods.“
— Steven Pinker psychologist, linguist, author 1954
— George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
Context: I knew now, that it is by loving, and not by being loved, that one can come nearest the soul of another; yea, that, where two love, it is the loving of each other, and not the being loved by each other, that originates and perfects and assures their blessedness. I knew that love gives to him that loveth, power over any soul beloved, even if that soul know him not, bringing him inwardly close to that spirit; a power that cannot be but for good; for in proportion as selfishness intrudes, the love ceases, and the power which springs therefrom dies. Yet all love will, one day, meet with its return. All true love will, one day, behold its own image in the eyes of the beloved, and be humbly glad. This is possible in the realms of lofty Death.
„If you want to feel the happiness of loving, forget about your soul.
The soul ruins love.
Only in God can the soul meet satisfaction.
Not in another soul.
Only in God — or out of the world.
Souls cannot communicate.
Let your body talk to another body.
Because bodies understand each other, but souls don’t.“
— Manuel Bandeira Brazilian writer 1886 - 1968
Arte de amar (The Art of Loving)
„The answer of course, is that the clock isn't meant to measure earthly time, but the time of the soul. Redemption and condemnation time. For the soul, each instant is always a minute short of judgment.“
— Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West