Quotations on Spirit

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Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
- Edward Abbey
(Keywords: Luxury, Necessity, Spirit, Wilderness)

The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Authority, Country, Duty, Man, Right, Spirit, State)

The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: Life, Spirit, Universe)

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: Art, Experience, Nature, History, Science, Man, Moods, Spirit, World)

Individual ambition is undoubtedly a strong motive in student work, but there is such a thing among students everywhere as ambition for others, call it class spirit, esprit de corps, good fellowship, or good will to men.
- Herbert Baxter Adams
(Keywords: Men, Work, Ambition, Class, Motive, Spirit, Students, Will)

We have been filled with grief as we have witnessed the decline of the North American Church that was once filled with missionary zeal and yet now seems determined to bury itself in a deadly embrace with the spirit of the age.
- Peter Akinola
(Keywords: Age, Church, American, Grief, Now, Spirit, Zeal)

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Keywords: Eyes, Influence, Self, Spirit, Will)

Christ had given the apostles a world-wide commission, embracing all the nations; but intellectually they did not understand what He meant. They found that out as they followed the impulse of the Spirit.
- Roland Allen
(Keywords: Christ, Nations, Spirit, World)

It certainly must help us if we recognize that it is the presence of the Holy Spirit which creates a unity which we can never create.
- Roland Allen
(Keywords: Help, Spirit, Unity)

Men who hold a theory of the Church which excludes from communion those whom they admit to have the Spirit of Christ simply proclaim that their theory is in flat contradiction to the spiritual fact.
- Roland Allen
(Keywords: Men, Church, Christ, Contradiction, Fact, Spirit, Spiritual, Theory)

I'm the kind of person who just can't wait to get on a train and not know where I'm going. I definitely want to live life to the fullest. And that's the type of man I'm attracted to - somebody with that spontaneous spirit.
- Summer Altice
(Keywords: Life, Man, Spirit, Want)

I was part of it, and I am still part of it today in terms of what it means to a whole new generation of people who are interested in the enduring energy, achievements, spirit and creativity that exemplified our era.
- David Amram
(Keywords: People, Creativity, Energy, Spirit, Today)

I hope America can also be the cultural leader of the world, and use this frontier spirit to lead and show others that we need courage to go places where we have not gone before.
- Tadao Ando
(Keywords: Leader, Courage, Hope, America, Spirit, World)

But in Japan, there's nothing like that, since the temple is made of wood. The divine spirit inside the building is eternal, so the enclosure doesn't have to be.
- Tadao Ando
(Keywords: Temple, Building, Nothing, Spirit, Wood)

The spirit of Ubuntu, that once led Haiti to emerge as the first independent black nation in 1804, helped Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador attain liberty, and inspired our forefathers to shed their blood for the United States' independence, cannot die. Today, this spirit of solidarity must and will empower all of us to rebuild Haiti.
- Jean-Bertrand Aristide
(Keywords: Blood, First, Independence, Liberty, Nation, Solidarity, Spirit, states, Today, United, Will)

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Genius, Nation, Spirit, Wit)

It is not short of amazing, the power of a great idea to weld men together. There was in it a peculiar, intense, vital spirit if you will, that I have never felt before in any strike.
- Ray Stannard Baker
(Keywords: Men, Power, Idea, Spirit, Will)

This generosity that has been offered to the United States says very much about the Venezuelan spirit.
- Harry Belafonte
(Keywords: Generosity, Spirit, states, United)

Here at home, when Americans were standing in long lines to give blood after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, we squandered an obvious opportunity to make service a noble cause again, and rekindle an American spirit of community.
- Joe Biden
(Keywords: Home, Opportunity, American, Americans, Blood, Cause, Community, Obvious, Service, Spirit, Trade, World)

We've shown the world that New York can never be defeated, because of its dynamic and diverse population and because it embodies the spirit of enterprise and the love of liberty.
- Michael Bloomberg
(Keywords: Love, Liberty, Population, Spirit, World)

The U.S. Olympic spirit award is an award that is given to an athlete who embodies the Olympic spirit in more ways than just on the playing field, in showing incredible perseverance, in overcoming obstacles, and what we wanted to do is have everybody can vote on-line.
- Brian Boitano
(Keywords: Perseverance, Obstacles, Overcoming, Spirit, Vote)

It is during difficult times like this that the true American spirit reveals itself. I am not talking only of the response of local, state, and federal governments, although they will each play an extremely important role in this effort.
- Jo Bonner
(Keywords: American, Effort, Play, Spirit, State, Talking, Will)

When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water... If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit.
- Constantin Brancusi
(Keywords: Body, Eyes, Fish, Reality, Spirit, Want, Water)

But when it came to jamming and writing songs like we used to, we realized Brandon was a huge spirit in the band. Who knew? It was just something we had to learn.
- Edie Brickell
(Keywords: Songs, Spirit, Writing)

We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit.
- Tom Brown, Jr.
(Keywords: Courage, Cleverness, Spirit, Will)

If that vital spark that we find in a grain of wheat can pass unchanged through countless deaths and resurrections, will the spirit of man be unable to pass from this body to another?
- William Jennings Bryan
(Keywords: Body, Man, Spirit, Will)

Even now I want to keep my amateur spirit, to spend my time, to be in the sport with all my heart.
- Sergei Bubka
(Keywords: Time, Heart, Now, Spirit, Want)

I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself.
- Sitting Bull
(Keywords: Country, Spirit, Want)

For myself, therefore, I desire to declare that the principle that will govern me in the high duty to which my country calls me is a strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the Constitution as it was designed by those who framed it.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Constitution, Country, Desire, Duty, Spirit, Will)

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: People, Innovation, Posterity, Result, Spirit, Temper, Will)

You still stand watch, O human star, burning without a flicker, perfect flame, bright and resourceful spirit. Each of your rays a great idea - O torch which passes from hand to hand, from age to age, world without end.
- Karel Capek
(Keywords: Age, Idea, End, Spirit, World)

While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll
(Keywords: Life, Amusement, Danger, Harmony, Joy, Laughter, Learning, Spirit, Wit)

For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity.
- Joyce Cary
(Keywords: Change, Creation, Evil, Insecurity, Man, Spirit, World)

To achieve the mood of a warrior is not a simple matter. It is a revolution. To regard the lion and the water rats and our fellow men as equals is a magnificent act of a warrior's spirit. It takes power to do that.
- Carlos Castaneda
(Keywords: Men, Power, Act, Revolution, Spirit, Water)

In such misfortunes my Mother was of an heroic spirit, in suffering patiently when there was no remedy, and being industrious where she thought she could help.
- Margaret Cavendish
(Keywords: Mother, Thought, Being, Help, Spirit, Suffering)

We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.
- Neville Chamberlain
(Keywords: Power, War, Causes, Collaboration, Spirit, Trying, Will)

The reveries of youth, in which so much energy is wasted, are the yearnings of a Spirit made for what it has not found but must forever seek as an Ideal.
- William Ellery Channing
(Keywords: Energy, Spirit, Youth)

Grudge no expense - yield to no opposition - forget fatigue - till, by the strength of prayer and sacrifice, the spirit of love shall have overcome .
- Maria W. Chapman
(Keywords: Love, Sacrifice, Strength, Fatigue, Forget, Opposition, Prayer, Spirit, Yield)

It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state.
- Rene Char
(Keywords: Actions, Spirit, State, Words)

If you're writing anything decent, it's in you, it's your spirit coming out. If it's not an expression of how a person genuinely feels, then it's not a good song done with any conviction.
- Alex Chilton
(Keywords: Conviction, Expression, Song, Spirit, Writing)

We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being.
- Deepak Chopra
(Keywords: Change, Death, Being, Expression, Sickness, Spirit, Victims)

The spirit is the true self. The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Self, Spirit, Will)

The words contained in it were inspired by the Holy Spirit into the minds of faithful men, called Prophets and Seers in the Old Testament; and Evangelists and Apostles in the New.
- Adam Clarke
(Keywords: Men, Old, Spirit, Words)

If you be faithful, you will have that honor that comes from God: his Spirit will say in your hearts, Well done, good and faithful servants.
- Adam Clarke
(Keywords: Honor, Spirit, Will)

If you go forward in the spirit of the original apostles and followers of Jesus Christ, trusting not in man but in the living God, he will enable you to pull down the strong holds of sin and Satan, and that work by which he is pleased will prosper in your hands.
- Adam Clarke
(Keywords: Work, God, Christ, Followers, Living, Man, Satan, Sin, Spirit, Will)

For this equilibrium now in sight, let us trust that mankind, as it has occurred in the greatest periods of its past, will find for itself a new code of ethics, common to all, made of tolerance, of courage, and of faith in the Spirit of men.
- Albert Claude
(Keywords: Faith, Men, Trust, Courage, Ethics, Mankind, Now, Past, Sight, Spirit, Tolerance, Will)

There is no racial or ethnic involvement in Thanksgiving, and people who may be very distant from the Christian system can see the beauty and the positive spirit that comes from the holiday.
- John Clayton
(Keywords: Beauty, People, Positive, Christian, Holiday, May, Spirit, Thanksgiving)

Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.
- Georges Clemenceau
(Keywords: Open, Spirit, Will)

I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand... Adventure is a state of mind - and spirit.
- Jacqueline Cochran
(Keywords: Business, Travel, Adventure, Flying, Mind, Spirit, State, World)

Thus, only in a hopeful and confident temper, in a proud and constructive spirit, will we rescue the present and safeguard the future of our beloved country.
- Bainbridge Colby
(Keywords: Country, Future, Present, Spirit, Temper, Will)



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