„He took his lute—his voice was low,
So lapsing waters softly flow
Amid the drooping flowers around,
As if they turned their sighs to sound.
Ah, magic! of a voice that seems
To haunt the soul with hopes and dreams;“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
The Vow of the Peacock (1835)
„One seed becomes
An everlasting song, a singing tree,
Caroling softly souls of slavery,
What they were, and what they are to me,
Caroling softly souls of slavery.“
— Jean Toomer American poet and novelist 1894 - 1967
Poems from Cane (1923), from "Song of the Son"
„Holmes said Emerson had a beautiful voice, and, of course, Holmes had one of the most beautiful voices the Lord ever put into a throat.“
— Felix Frankfurter American judge 1882 - 1965
Other writings, On Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Ralph Waldo Emerson, p. 59.
„… There's a joy,
To the fond votaries of fame unknown,
To hear the still small voice of conscience speak
In whisp'ring plaudit to the silent soul.“
— Hannah More English religious writer and philanthropist 1745 - 1833
David and Goliath, Pt. I
— Thomas Fuller English churchman and historian 1608 - 1661
The Holy State and the Profane State (1642), Of Anger.
„One of life's quiet excitements is to stand somewhat apart from yourself and watch yourself softly becoming the author of something beautiful even if it is only a floating ash.“
— Norman Maclean American author and scholar 1902 - 1990
A River Runs Through It (1976), "A River Runs Through It", p. 68
„We've become beings with souls… Something struggles within us. There are moments when something gets into us. Thoughts come to us which are not our own… People are our fathers! The voice that cries out that you want to live; the voice that complains; the voice that reasons; the voice that speaks of eternity — that is their voice!“
— Karel Čapek, R.U.R.
„The oldest, truest, most beautiful organ of music, the origin to which alone our music owes its being, is the human voice.“
— Richard Wagner, libro Opera and Drama
Opera and Drama (1851)
„poetry, which is the voice of the soul's aspirations, has for it, of all the arts, the most natural and immediate appeal.“
— Florence Earle Coates American writer and poet 1850 - 1927
— Anne Brontë, libro Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell
Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (1846), Lines Composed in a Wood on a Windy Day (1842), Context: My soul is awakened, my spirit is soaring <br/> And carried aloft on the wings of the breeze; <br/> For above and around me the wild wind is roaring, <br/> Arousing to rapture the earth and the seas. Context: My soul is awakened, my spirit is soaring And carried aloft on the wings of the breeze; For above and around me the wild wind is roaring, Arousing to rapture the earth and the seas.
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
1840s, Context: Father in heaven, when the thought of thee awakens in our soul, let it not waken as an agitated bird which flutters confusedly about, but as a child waking from sleep with a celestial smile. Journals and Papers IIA320
„When we see the beauty of the snow, when we see the beauty of the full moon, when we see the beauty of the cherries in bloom, when in short we brush against and are awakened by the beauty of the four seasons, it is then that we think most of those close to us, and want them to share the pleasure.“
— Yasunari Kawabata Japanese author, Nobel Prize winner 1899 - 1972
Japan, the Beautiful and Myself (1969), Context: Dr. Yashiro Yukio, internationally known as a scholar of Botticelli, a man of great learning in the art of the past and the present, of the East and the West, has summed up one of the special characteristics of Japanese art in a single poetic sentence: "The time of the snows, of the moon, of the blossoms — then more than ever we think of our comrades." When we see the beauty of the snow, when we see the beauty of the full moon, when we see the beauty of the cherries in bloom, when in short we brush against and are awakened by the beauty of the four seasons, it is then that we think most of those close to us, and want them to share the pleasure. The excitement of beauty calls forth strong fellow feelings, yearnings for companionship, and the word "comrade" can be taken to mean "human being". The snow, the moon, the blossoms, words expressive of the seasons as they move one into another, include in the Japanese tradition the beauty of mountains and rivers and grasses and trees, of all the myriad manifestations of nature, of human feelings as well.
„There must be several voices together in one voice for it to be beautiful. And several meanings in one word for it to be beautiful.“
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
„I have touched filth.
Only with the finger tip I touched it,
inquisitive of the taste of it.
But it creeps.
It has spread over my body a slime,
and into my soul a stupor (…)“
— Olaf Stapledon, libro Last Men in London
Last Men in London (1932)
— George Eliot, libro Middlemarch
„The greatest truths are wronged if not linked with beauty, and they win their way most surely and deeply into the soul when arrayed in this their natural and fit attire.“
— William Ellery Channing United States Unitarian clergyman 1780 - 1842
„The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.“
— John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life