„They made a grid of rods which they placed on forked sticks, then lashed the victims to the grid and lighted a smoldering fire underneath, so that little by little, as those captives screamed in despair and torment, their souls would leave them.“

—  Bartolomé de las Casas, History of the Indies (1561)
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„Lo! with a little rod
I did but touch the honey of romance —
And must I lose a soul's inheritance?“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
Helas! http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/wilde/helas.html, l. 12-14 (1881)

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„Little light shining,
Little light will guide them to me.“

—  Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, Hounds of Love (1985), The Ninth Wave, Context: Little light shining, Little light will guide them to me. My face is all lit up, My face is all lit up.

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„As to what good qualities there may be in our souls, or who dwells within them, or how precious they are — those are things which seldom consider and so we trouble little about carefully preserving the soul's beauty.“

—  Teresa of Ávila Roman Catholic saint 1515 - 1582
Interior Castle (1577), Context: It is no small pity, and should cause us no little shame, that, through our own fault, we do not understand ourselves, or know who we are. Would it not be a sign of great ignorance, my daughters, if a person were asked who he was, and could not say, and had no idea who his father or mother was, or from what country he came? Though that is a great stupidity, our own is incomparably greater if we make no attempt to discover what we are, and only know that we are living in these bodies and have a vague idea, because we have heard it, and because our faith tells us so, that we possess souls. As to what good qualities there may be in our souls, or who dwells within them, or how precious they are — those are things which seldom consider and so we trouble little about carefully preserving the soul's beauty. All our interest is centred in the rough setting of the diamond and in the outer wall of the castle – that is to say in these bodies of ours. First Mansions, Ch. 1, as translated by E. Allison Peers (1961) p. 18

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„As those persons who despair of ever being rich make little account of small expenses, thinking that little added to a little will never make any great sum.“

—  Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Of Man's Progress in Virtue

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„Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.“

—  Jean De La Fontaine French poet, fabulist and writer. 1621 - 1695
Fables (1668–1679), L'homme est ainsi bâti: Quand un sujet l'enflamme L'impossibilité disparaît à son âme. Book VIII (1678-1679), fable 25.

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„Think of a love so limitless—stronger and deeper than despair and death! And yet, the Christian religion says, that if that woman, that mother, did not happen to believe in their creed God would send her soul to eternal fire!“

—  Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Orthodoxy (1884), Context: Only a little while ago, when the great flood came upon the Ohio, sent by him who is ruling the world and paying particular attention to the affairs of nations, just in the gray of the morning they saw a house floating down and on its top a human being. A few men went out to the rescue. They found there a woman, a mother, and they wished to save her life. She said: “No, I am going to stay where I am. In this house I have three dead babes; I will not desert them.” Think of a love so limitless—stronger and deeper than despair and death! And yet, the Christian religion says, that if that woman, that mother, did not happen to believe in their creed God would send her soul to eternal fire!

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„There was a little man, and he had a little soul;
And he said, Little Soul, let us try, try, try!“

—  Thomas Moore Irish poet, singer and songwriter 1779 - 1852
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Little Man and Little Soul.

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