Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes


"In aging, the (one's) inner clock slows down while earth time remains constant. Your planet continues to move in three directions at the same time, giving to you your speed or flow of time, past, present and future. There is less time to do things as one grows older and time is speeded up because the living body processes are slowing down. Time is a wave-motion in a triple unity with light and gravity." - Elizabeth Klarer

"Your physical body is merely a shell around you to protect the soul of energy. When that falls away, the real you, the divine spark of life, moves on into infinite timelessness in the cycle of evolution." - Elizabeth Klarer

"Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment." -

"Mind is the brightness of the body - lights it, when strength, its proper but less subtle fire, begins to fail." - James Sheridan Knowles

"Hate and fear can poison the body as surely as any toxic chemicals." - Joseph Krimsky,fully Joseph Hayyim Krimsky

"Nurturing life does not aim at preserving the body but at nourishing the spirit, allowing it to live forever." -

"My body is that part of the world which can be altered by my thoughts. Even imaginary illnesses can become real. In the rest of the world my hypotheses cannot disturb the other of things." - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

"My body is that part of the world which my thoughts can alter. Even imaginary illnesses can become real ones. In the rest of the world my hypotheses cannot disturb the order of things." - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

"The quality of civilization depends on a balance of body, mind and spirit in its people, measured on a scale less human than divine... To survive, we must keep this balance. To progress, we must improve it. Science is upsetting it with an overemphasis of mind and a neglect of spirit and body." - Charles Lindbergh, fully Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed "Slim,""Lucky Lindy" and "The Lone Eagle"

"Although generalizations are dangerous, I venture to say that at the bottom of most fears, both mild and severe, will be found an overactive mind and an underactive body. Hence, I have advised many people, in their quest for happiness, to use their heads less and their arms and legs more... in useful work or play. We generate fears while we sit; we overcome them in action. Fear is nature's warning signal to get busy." - Henry C. Link

"The mind sins, not the body; if there is no intention, there is no blame." - Livy, formally Titus Livius, aka Titus Livy NULL

"For it is unknown what is the real nature of the soul, whether it be born with the bodily frame or be infused at the moment of birth, whether it perishes along with us, when death separates the soul and body, or whether it visits the shades of Pluto and bottomless pits, or enters by divine appointment into other animals." - Lucretius, fully Titus Lucretius Carus NULL

"The fundamental rights, like the right to existence and life; the right to personal freedom or to conduct one’s own life as master of oneself and of one’s acts, responsible for them before God and the law of the community; the right to the pursuit of the perfection of moral and rational human life; the right to keep one’s body whole; the right to private ownership of material goods, which is a safeguard of the liberties of the individual; the right to marry according to one’s choice and to raise a family which will be assured of the liberties due it; the right of association, the respect for human dignity in each individual, whether or not he represents an economic value for society - all these rights are rooted in the vocation of the person (a spiritual and free agent) to the order of absolute values and to a destiny superior to time." - Jacques Maritain

"The soul share not the body’s rest." - Charles Robert Maturin

"To love very much is to love inadequately; we love - that is all. Love cannot be modified without being nullified. Love is a short word but it contains everything. Love means the body, the soul, the life, the entire being." - Guy de Maupassant, fully Henri Rene Albert Guy de Maupassant

"A true philosopher makes death his common practice, while he lives, and every day by contemplation strives to separate the soul, far as he can, from off the body." - Samuel Joseph May

"As ages roll on there is doubtless a progression in human nature. The intellectual comes to rule the physical, and the moral claims to subordinate both. It is no longer strength of body that prevails, but strength of mind; while the law of God proclaims itself superior to both." - James McCosh

"There is nothing the body suffers that the soul may not profit by." - George Meredith

"The mind has great influence over the body, and maladies often have their origin there." -

"Though severed in body, one mind keeps us linked." - Rutilius Namatianus, fully Rutilius Claudius Namatianus

"There is but one temple in the universe, and that is the body of man." - Novalis, pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg NULL

"We touch heaven when we lay our hand on a human body!" - Novalis, pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg NULL

"A constitution is not a thing in name only, but in fact. It has not an ideal but a real existence, and wherever it cannot be produced in a visible form, there is none. A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government, and a government is only the creature of a constitution. The constitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of a people constituting a government. It is the body of elements to which you refer, and quote article by article, and contains the principles on which the government shall be established - the form in which it shall be organized - the powers it shall have - the mode of elections - the duration of Congress - and, in fine, everything that relates to the complete organization of a civil government, and the principles on which it shall act, and by which it shall be bound. A constitution is to a government, therefore, what the laws made by that government care to a court of judicature. The court of judicature does not make laws, neither can it alter them; it only acts in conformity to the laws made; and the government is in like manner governed by the constitution." - Thomas Paine

"The miser, poor fool, not only starves his body, but also his own soul." - Theodore Parker

"The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant, systematic duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected, if day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune. Our nervous system isn't just a fiction, it's a part of our physical body, our soul exists in space inside us, like the teeth in our mouth. It can't be forever violated with impunity." - Bons (Leonidovich) Pasternak

"True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. It is a great virtue: it covers folly, keeps secrets, avoids disputes, and prevents sin." - William Penn

"The soul is imprisoned in the body, and the Lord... built two windows in the wall of the prison... Unfortunately, the windows have curtains - eyelids; and a man whose soul is impure, feeling himself scrutinized, lets down the curtains and conceals the soul." -

"All are but parts of one stupendous whole, whose body Nature is, and God the soul." - Alexander Pope

"Here is a mystery, the stupendous mystery of the Christian religion, the ineffable mystery of three persons in one God. We cannot define it. Every human attempt at definition involves it in deeper mystery. The arithmetic of heaven is beyond us. Yet this is no more mysterious and inexplicable than the trinity of our own nature; body, soul, and spirit; and no man has ever shown that it involved a contradiction or in any way conflicted with the testimony of our senses or with demonstrated truth; and we must accept it by the power of a simple faith, or rush into tritheism on the one hand or unitarianism on the other." - Frederick D. Power, fully Frederick Dunglison Power

"Mind, not body, makes lasting wedlock." - Publius Syrus

"Pain lessens when it has no means of growth... Pain of mind is worse than pain of body." - Publius Syrus

"If thou wouldst preserve a sound body, use fasting and walking; if a healthful soul, fasting and praying. Walking exercises the body; praying exercises the soul; fasting cleanses both." - Francis Quarles

"When civilizations fail, it is almost always man who has failed - not in his body, not in his fundamental equipment and capacities, but in his will, spirit, and mental habits." - Philip Lee Ralph

"People always confuse the man and the artist because chance has united them in the same body." - Jules Renard, aka Pierre-Jules Renard

"Begin the education of the heart, not with the cultivation of noble propensities, but with the cutting away of those that are evil. When once the noxious herbs are withered and rooted out, then the more noble plants, strong in themselves, will shoot upwards. The virtuous heart, like the body, become strong and healthy more by labor than nourishment." -

"The labor of the body relieves us from the fatigues of the mind; and this it is which forms the happiness of the poor." -

"Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body." -

"Conscience is the voice of the soul, the passions are the voice of the body. Is it astonishing that often these two languages contradict each other, and then to which must we listen? Too often reason deceives us; we have only to listen too much acquired the right of refusing to listen to it; but conscience never deceives us; it is the true guide of man; it is to man what instinct is to the body, which follows it, obeys nature, and never is afraid of going astray." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"The legislative power belongs to the people, and can belong to it alone... What then is government? An intermediate body set up between the subjects and the Sovereign, to secure their mutual correspondence, charged with the execution of the laws and the maintenance of liberty, both civil and political." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge; when the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when it is full, the spirit becomes body." - Sa'di (or Saadi), pen name of Abū-Muḥammad Muṣliḥ al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, born Muslih-uddin NULL

"Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society." -

"No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother." - Margaret Sanger, fully Margaret Higgins Sanger Slee

"You know you are you, not because of your body, thoughts and feelings which are constantly changing, but because of the Divine Essence within you, which is changeless." - Shantananda Saraswathi, fully Swami Shantananda Saraswathi, born Chandrashekar

"The first petition that we are to make to Almighty God is for a good, conscience, the next for health of mind, and then of body." -

"What if a body might have all the pleasures in the world for asking? Who would so unman himself as, by accepting them, to desert his soul, and become a perpetual slave to his senses?" -

"Those men who destroy a healthful constitution of body by intemperance as manifestly kill themselves as those who hang or poison or drown themselves." - Thomas Sherlock

"Solitude bears the same relation to the mind that sleep does to the body. It affords it the necessary opportunities for repose and recovery." - William Gilmore Simms

"Dress covers the mortal body and adorns it, but style is the vehicle of the spirit." - Sydney Smith

"Why, you never expected justice from a company, did you? They have neither a soul to lose nor a body to kick." - Sydney Smith

"You never expected justice from a company, did you? They have neither a soul to lose, nor a body to kick." - Sydney Smith