“The soul is the human being considered as having a value in itself.” Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace (1972).
“All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there. Rumi. “Who says words with my mouth?” in The Tavern, Ch. 1, p. 2 (c. 1250)
“The soul that walks in love neither tires others nor grows tired.” Saint John of the Cross Sayings of Light and Love , # 97 (1581),
‘Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.” Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met 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.’ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet (1923)
“Living is being born slowly. It would be a little too easy if we could borrow ready-made souls.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Flight to Arras (1942)
“True mystics simply open their souls to the oncoming wave. Sure of themselves, because they feel within them something better than themselves, they prove to be great men of action, to the surprise of those for whom mysticism is nothing but visions, and raptures and ecstasies.” Henri Bergson, Two Sources of Religion and Morality (1941)