„I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.“
— Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone around the World
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning English poet, author 1806 - 1861
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
„Hammer Horror, Hammer Horror,
Won't leave me alone.
The first time in my life,
I leave the lights on
To ease my soul.“
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
„I built my soul a lordly pleasure-house,
Wherein at ease for aye to dwell.
I said, "O Soul, make merry and carouse,
Dear soul, for all is well."“
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892
"The Palace of Art", st. 1 (1832)
„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).
„I've always felt that complement of opposites: body and soul, solitude and companionship, and in the dance studio, contraction and release, rise and fall.“
— Judith Jamison American dancer 1943
Dancing Spirit, ch. 1 (1993)
„Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have found the soul walking upon my path." For the soul walks upon all paths.“
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
Context: Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have found the soul walking upon my path." For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
— Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
„It (my book) is a picture of the many spiritual conflicts that have passed between God and my soul, before I could subject mine to the will of Jesus, my Master, in whose service I have now found perfect freedom. (Maycock, A L, Nicholas Ferrar of Little Gidding. SPCK, London, 1938)“
— George Herbert Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest 1593 - 1633
„The soul that feeds on books alone —
I count that soul exceeding small
That lives alone by book and creed,—
A soul that has not learned to read.“
— Joaquin Miller American judge 1837 - 1913
Context: p>Behold this sea, that sapphire sky! Where nature does so much for man, Shall man not set his standard high, And hold some higher, holier plan? Some loftier plan than ever planned By outworn book of outworn land?Where God has done so much for man, Shall man for God do aught at all? The soul that feeds on books alone — I count that soul exceeding small That lives alone by book and creed,— A soul that has not learned to read.</p "The Larger College".