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Emile Zola

These young people naturally grow up with ideas different from ours, for they are born for times when we shall no longer be here.

Deliberation | Little | People | Soul | World | Deliberation |

Emily Dickinson, fully Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

The soul should always stand ajar, that if the heaven inquire, he will not be obliged to wait, or shy of troubling her. Depart, before the host has slid the bolt upon the door, to seek for the accomplished guest, -- her visitor no more.

Majority | Soul |

Emma Goldman

Christianity is most admirably adapted to the training of slaves, to the perpetuation of a slave society; in short, to the very conditions confronting us to-day... The rulers of the earth have realized long ago what potent poison inheres in the Christian religion. That is the reason they foster it; that is why they leave nothing undone to instill it into the blood of the people. They know only too well that the subtleness of the Christian teachings is a more powerful protection against rebellion and discontent than the club or the gun.

Birth | Body | Earth | Enjoyment | Guarantee | Heart | Human nature | Individual | Liberty | Men | Mind | Nature | Observation | Order | Peace | Purpose | Purpose | Restraint | Soul | Study | Teach | Wickedness | Will | World |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

For the space of half a year, the gunpowder lay as harmless as sand, because no fire came near to explode it.

Day | Promise | Sorrow | Soul |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

Winter is not here yet. There’s a little flower, up yonder, the last bud from the multitude of bluebells that clouded those turf steps in July with a lilac mist. Will you clamber up and pluck it to show papa?

God | Heart | Love | Nothing | Right | Satan | Soul | Will | God | Forgive |

Emma Goldman

Free love? As if love is anything but free! Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere. In freedom it gives itself unreservedly, abundantly, completely. All the laws on the statutes, all the courts in the universe, cannot tear it from the soil, once love has taken root.

Body | Earth | Fear | Glory | Life | Life | Man | Morality | Pain | Religion | Self-denial | Sorrow | Soul | Struggle |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

If he were in my place and I in his, though I hated him with a hatred that became my life to gall, I never would have raised a hand against him... Never would have missed her company, while she wanted. At the moment the affection disappeared, I would have ripped the heart and drank his blood. But until then... would have let me die in pieces before touching a hair on his head.

Love | Power | Soul |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

No, God won't have the satisfaction that I shall.

Faith | God | Life | Life | Power | Soul | God |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

Although he loved her with all the strength of his miserable being, not love as much in eighty years as I do in a day

Soul |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

Oh, Cathy! Oh, my life! How can I bear it? was the first sentence he uttered, in a tone that did not seek to disguise his despair. And now he stared at her so earnestly that I thought the very intensity of his gaze would bring tears into his eyes; but they burned with anguish: they did not melt.

Agony | Soul | Think |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

A heaven so clear, an earth so calm, so sweet, so soft, so hushed an air; and, deepening still the dreamlike charm, wild moor-sheep feeding everywhere.

Love | Soul | Words |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a whole lifetime, he couldn't love you as much as I do in a single day.

Love | Soul | Strength |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

And, even yet, I dare not let it languish, dare not indulge in memory's rapturous pain; once drinking deep of that divinest anguish, how could I seek the empty world again?

Love | Soul |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

My walk home was lengthened by a diversion in the direction of the kirk. When beneath its walls, I perceived decay had made progress, even in seven months - many a window showed black gaps deprived of glass; and slates jutted off, here and there, beyond the right line of the roof, to be gradually worked off in coming autumn storms. I sought, and soon discovered, the three head-stones on the slope next the moor - the middle one, gray, and half buried in heath - Edgar Linton's only harmonized by the turf and moss, creeping up its foot - Heathcliff's still bare. I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.

Agony | Sense | Soul | Torture | Vision | Will | Think |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

What matters it, that, all around, danger, and guilt, and darkness lie, if but within our bosom's bound we hold a bright, untroubled sky, warm with ten thousand mingled rays of suns that know no winter days?

Soul | Will |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

I will walk where my own nature would be leading.

Soul |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

I'm now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.

Earth | Soul | Spirit |

Emily Dickinson, fully Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

The spirit looks upon the Dust that fastened it so long with indignation, as a Bird defrauded of its Song.

Heaven | Soul | Will |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr. Heathcliff's dwelling, "wuthering" being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather. Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed. One may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house, and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.

Soul |

Emmet Fox

The poor in spirit suffer from none of these embarrassments, either because they never had them, or because they have risen above them on the tide of spiritual understanding. They have got rid of the love of money and property, of fear of public opinion, and of the disapproval of relatives or friends. They are no longer overawed by human authority, however august. They are no longer cocksure in their own opinions. They have come to see that their most cherished beliefs may have been and probably were mistaken, and that all their ideas and views of life may be false and in need of recasting. They are ready to start again at the very beginning and learn life anew.

Abstract | Business | Candor | Courage | Ideals | Life | Life | Love | Man | Practice | Receive | Religion | Right | Sense | Soul | Strength | Theories | Thought | Time | Trust | Will | Woman | Business | Thought |