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Theodore T. Munger

The meaning, the value, the truth of life can be learned only by an actual performance of its duties, and truth can be learned and the soul saved in no other way.

Character | Life | Life | Meaning | Soul | Truth |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The lack of wealth is easily repaired; but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.

Character | Poverty | Soul | Wealth |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The soul [that] has no established aim loses itself.

Character | Soul |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Old age puts more wrinkles in our minds than on our faces; and we never, or rarely, see a soul that in growing old does not come to smell sour and musty. Man grows and dwindles in his entirety.

Age | Character | Man | Old age | Soul | Old |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

A soul guaranteed against prejudice is marvelously advanced toward tranquillity.

Character | Prejudice | Soul | Tranquility |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The want of goods is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.

Character | Poverty | Soul |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Vice leaves repentance in the soul like an ulcer in the flesh, which is always scratching and lacerating itself; for reason effaces all other griefs and sorrows, but it begets that of repentance, which is so much the more grievous, by reason it springs within, as the cold and hot of fevers are more sharp than those that only strike upon the outward skin.

Character | Reason | Repentance | Soul |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Greatness of soul is not so much mounting high and pressing forward, as knowing how to put oneself in order and circumscribe oneself. It regards as great all that is enough and shows its elevation by preferring moderate things to eminent ones. There is nothing so beautiful and just as to play the man well and fitly, nor any knowledge so arduous as to know how to live this life well and naturally; and of all our maladies the most barbarous is to despise our being.

Character | Despise | Enough | Greatness | Knowing | Knowledge | Life | Life | Man | Nothing | Order | Play | Soul |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The poverty of goods is easily cured; the poverty of the soul is irreparable.

Character | Poverty | Soul |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The virtue of the soul does not insist in flying high, but in walking orderly.

Character | Soul | Virtue | Virtue |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The virtue of the soul does not consist in flying high, but walking orderly; its grandeur does not exercise itself in grandeur, but in mediocrity.

Character | Mediocrity | Soul | Virtue | Virtue |

Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

The true worth of a soul is revealed as much by the motive it attributes to the actions of others as by its own deeds.

Character | Deeds | Soul | Worth |

Jean-Jacques "J.J." Olier

Revelations are the aberration of faith; they are an amusement that spoils simplicity in relation to God, that embarrasses the soul and makes it swerve from its directness in relation to God. They distract the soul and occupy it with others than God.

Character | Faith | God | Simplicity | Soul |

Andrew Preston Peabody

The force, the mass of character, mind, heart or soul that a man can put into any work is the most important factor in that work.

Character | Force | Heart | Important | Man | Mind | Soul | Work |

Plotinus NULL

For on earth, in all the succession of life, it is not the Soul within but the Shadow outside of the authentic man, that grieves and complains and acts out the plot on this world stage which men have dotted with stages of their own constructing. All this is the doing of man knowing no more than to live the lower and outer life.

Character | Earth | Knowing | Life | Life | Man | Men | Soul | World |

Plotinus NULL

Many times it has happened: lifted out of the body into myself; becoming external to all other things and self-centered; beholding a marvelous beauty; then, more than ever, assured of community with the loftiest order; enacting the noblest life, acquiring identity with the divine; stationing within It by having attained that activity; poised above whatsoever in the Intellectual is less than the Supreme: yet, there comes the moment of descent from intellection to reasoning, and after that sojourn in the divine, I ask myself how it happens that I can now be descending, and how did the Soul ever enter into my body, the Soul which even within the body, is the high thing it has shown itself to be.

Beauty | Body | Character | Life | Life | Order | Self | Soul |

Plotinus NULL

It is sound, I think, to find the primal source of Love in a tendency of the Soul towards pure beauty, in a recognition, in a kinship, in an unreasoned consciousness of friendly relation.

Beauty | Character | Consciousness | Love | Soul | Sound |