„This is what my soul is telling me: be peaceful and love everyone.“
UN speech, June 2013
Context: Even if there was a gun in my hand and he was standing in front of me, I would not shoot him. This is the compassion I have learned from Mohamed, the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. This the legacy of change I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Mohammed Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of nonviolence that I have learned from Gandhi, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learned from my father and from my mother. This is what my soul is telling me: be peaceful and love everyone.
— Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994
„Tell me how a professor spends his Sabbaths, and I will tell you in what state his soul is spiritually considered.“
— John Angell James British abolitionist 1785 - 1859
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 524.
— Pablo Neruda Chilean poet 1904 - 1973
"To One in Paradise", st. 1 (1834).
Context: Thou wast that all to me, love,
For which my soul did pine —
A green isle in the sea, love,
A fountain and a shrine,
All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers,
And all the flowers were mine.
„Everyone can see how communism rots the soul of a nation. How it makes it abject in peace and proves it abominable in war.“
Part of a speech played on the documentary Timewatch - Russia: A Century of Suspicion.
The Second World War (1939–1945)
„Lord I love my man, tell the world I do
I love my man, tell the world I do
But when he mistreats me
Makes me feel so blue.“
— Billie Holiday American jazz singer and songwriter 1915 - 1959
— Anthony Hamilton American singer, songwriter, and record producer 1971
Song lyrics, Comin' from Where I'm From (2003)
— Leonard Cohen Canadian poet and singer-songwriter 1934 - 2016
"Here It Is"
Ten New Songs (2001)
Variant: Love says 'I am everything.' Wisdom says 'I am nothing.' Between the two, my life flows.
Source: I Am That
Context: "I find that somehow, by shifting the focus of attention, I become the very thing I look at, and experience the kind of consciousness it has; I become the inner witness of the thing. I call this capacity of entering other focal points of consciousness, love; you may give it any name you like. Love says 'I am everything'. Wisdom says "I am nothing'. Between the two, my life flows. Since at any point of time and space I can be both the subject and the object of experience, I express it by saying that I am both, and neither, and beyond both."
„A shadow flits before me,
Not thou, but like to thee:
Ah Christ, that it were possible
For one short hour to see
The souls we loved, that they might tell us
What and where they be.“
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892
Part II, section iv, stanza 3
Maud; A Monodrama (1855)
„Shout out to everyone makin' my beats, you helpin' me preach This music's the only thing keepin' the peace when I'm fallin' to pieces“
— Lil Peep American rapper 1996 - 2017
Song Star Shopping, Album: LiL PEEP; PART ONE
„My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for.“
— John Wayne American film actor 1907 - 1979
„My Soul gave me good counsel, teaching me to love what the people abhor and to show good will toward the one they hate. It showed me that Love is a property not of the lover but of the beloved. Before my Soul taught me, Love was for me a delicate thread stretched between two adjacent pegs, but now it has been transformed into a halo; its first is its last, and its last is its first. It encompasses every being, slowly expanding to embrace all that ever will be.“
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
The Vision: Reflections on the Way of the Soul (1994)
„I believe in God, not because the Bible tells me that he is, but because my heart tells me so; and the same heart tells me we can only have His peace with us if we love Him and obey Him, and that we can only he happy when we each love our neighbour better than ourselves.“
The Nemesis of Faith (1849)
„Let me not seek out of Thee what I can find only in Thee, O Lord, peace and rest and joy and bliss, which abide only in Thine abiding joy. Lift up my soul above the weary round of harassing thoughts to Thy eternal Presence. Lift up my soul to the pure, bright, serene, radiant atmosphere of Thy Presence, that there I may breathe freely, there repose in Thy love, there be at rest from myself, and from all things that weary me; and thence return, arrayed with Thy peace, to do and bear what shall please Thee. Amen.“
— Edward Bouverie Pusey British saint 1800 - 1882