The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.
-Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), U.S. poet. Renascence, st. 8.
Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
-Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist and historian.
Teufelsdröckh, in Sartor Resartus, bk. 2, ch. 9 (1833-34).
Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.
-Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist.
The Common Reader, "Montaigne" (First Series, 1925).
There is no real teacher who in practise does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
-Allan Bloom (1930-92), U.S. educator, author.
The Closing of the American Mind, Preface (1987).
Instead of being at the mercy of wild beasts, earthquakes, landslides, and inundations, modern man is battered by the elemental forces of his own psyche. This is the World Power that vastly exceeds all other powers on earth. The Age of Enlightenment, which stripped nature and human institutions of gods, overlooked the God of Terror who dwells in the human soul.
-Carl Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist. The Development of Personality
(1934; repr. in Collected Works, vol. 17, para. 302, ed. by William McGuire, 1954).
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry,
in the The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 2 (1891).