The soul, according to religious, philosophical and mythological teachings, is often described as an incorporeal element of a living being. Depending on the religion, your soul can be either mortal or immortal. You may also describe the soul as being the driving force of the physical being.
That is, your soul inhabits your physical body and acts through it. In a sense, your body is only a vessel to carry your soul and all that you are. Without a soul, your body is simply like a light bulb without electricity, no driving force.
Your soul gives your body life, along with all your abilities such as sight and hearing, speech, thought, emotions, intelligence, will and desire as well as personality and ultimately, your unique identity.
Philosophy explains how not only humans possess souls, but so do animals, plants, rivers and the ocean, and even inanimate objects. Where your soul acquires its energy that sustains you is a very personal thing.
The energy that drives your soul may come from a daily practice like running or yoga, or from the faith you have in your chosen religion. The soul is often linked to the “why” of your existence. What is the meaning of your body being on earth and what is your purpose?
Best Quotes on Soul
The true meaning of soul is defined by a lot of great writers in their writings. Given below is a list of meaningful quotes about the soul.
“I think… if it is true that
there are as many minds as there
are heads, then there are as many
kinds of love as there are hearts.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.”
― Daniel Defoe
“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“My soul is impatient with itself, as with a bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me. I attend to everything, dreaming all the while. […]. I’m two, and both keep their distance — Siamese twins that aren’t attached.”
― Fernando Pessoa
“Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future; therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.”
― John O’Donohue
“My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddle strings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.”
― Fernando Pessoa
“There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul.” ― Edith Wharton
“There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.”
― Vincent Van Gogh
“What the soul hardly realizes is that, unbeliever or not, his loneliness is really homesickness for God.”
― Dom Hubert Van Zeller
Your soul is your inner identity, and not necessarily what you portray on the outside. Your body expresses your soul’s vision, just like a symphony expresses the vision of the composer who poured out his feelings to create the masterpiece. It can also be seen as an expression of your deity’s intention for your life. Your soul is highly significant on the path to self-awakening since it is your driving force. You soul is there to give your life and freedom to express your true desires in a physical form.