„You're safe; that's gone, that wild caprice,
But tell me once before I cease,
Which does your Church esteem the kinder role,
To kill the body or destroy the soul?“
— Richard Wilbur American poet 1921 - 2017
„It is the natural duty of souls to do their work in the body; are we to suppose that when once they leave the body they spend all eternity in idleness?“
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
Context: It is the natural duty of souls to do their work in the body; are we to suppose that when once they leave the body they spend all eternity in idleness? Again, if the souls did not again enter into bodies, they must either be infinite in number or God must constantly be making new ones. But there is nothing infinite in the world; for in a finite whole there cannot be an infinite part. Neither can others be made; for everything in which something new goes on being created, must be imperfect. And the world, being made by a perfect author, ought naturally to be perfect. XX. On Transmigration of Souls, and how Souls are said to migrate into brute beasts.
„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)
„Disordered nerves are the origin of much religious despair, when the individual does not suspect it; and then the body and mind have a reciprocal influence upon each other, and it is difficult to tell which influences the other most. The physician is often blamed, when the fault lies with the minister. Depression never benefits body or soul. We are saved by hope.“
— Ichabod Spencer American minister 1798 - 1854
„You do not believe that souls are assigned, first to one body and then to another, and that our so-called death is merely a change of abode? You do not believe that in cattle, or in wild beasts, or in creatures of the deep, the soul of him who was once a man may linger? You do not believe that nothing on this earth is annihilated, but only changes its haunts? And that animals also have cycles of progress and, so to speak, an orbit for their souls, no less than the heavenly bodies, which revolve in fixed circuits? Great men have put faith in this idea; therefore, while holding to your own view, keep the whole question in abeyance in your mind. If the theory is true, it is a mark of purity to refrain from eating flesh; if it be false, it is economy. And what harm does it do to you to give such credence? I am merely depriving you of food which sustains lions and vultures.“
— Sotion (Pythagorean) ancient greek philosopher
Quoted in Seneca the Younger, Moral letters to Lucilius, CVIII, 20-21.
— Andrew Marvell English metaphysical poet and politician 1621 - 1678
„My brain's gone, my soul's worn and my spirit is torn The rest of my body's still bein operated on.“
— Eminem American rapper and actor 1972
"Still Don't Give A Fuck" (Track 20).
„Dismissing poetry is dismissing the glory of the imagination. Teaching English to adolescents for twenty years gives me the authority to say, "Kill the imagination and you kill the soul. Kill the soul and you're left with a listless, apathetic creature who can become hopeless or brutal or both. Kill the metaphor and you kill desire; the image magnetizes the movement of the energy." I will make this clear as I speak. The tax money that is being withdrawn from arts programs in schools will be spent on prisons.“
— Marion Woodman Canadian writer 1928
— Julien Offray de La Mettrie French physician and philosopher 1709 - 1751
„But hurry, let's entwine ourselves as one, our mouth broken, our soul bitten by love, so time discovers us safely destroyed.“
— Federico García Lorca Spanish poet, dramatist and theatre director 1898 - 1936
— Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra