„We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all.“

Source: Never Let Me Go

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Japanese-born British author 1954

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„Because we write fiction we mine our souls. Of course you put yourself into your fiction, your fiction is you.“

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„O what fine thought we had because we thought
That the worst rogues and rascals had died out.“

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„Is it birthday weather for you, dear soul?
Is it fine your way“

—  Cecil Day Lewis English poet 1904 - 1972

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„Fling away your soul once for all, your own small self; if you will find it again.“

—  James Anthony Froude, book The Nemesis of Faith

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„Jefferson thought schools would produce free men: we prove him right by putting dropouts in jail.“

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„Your art is the Holy Ghost blowing through your soul.“

—  Jack Kerouac American writer 1922 - 1969

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„The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.“

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The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.
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„All that you see was and is for your sake. The numerous books, uncanny markings, and beautiful thoughts are the ghosts of souls who preceded you.“

—  Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931

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„Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.“

—  Elizabeth Gilbert, book Eat, Pray, Love

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