"Do you think I can stay to become nothing to you? Do you think I am an automaton?—a machine without feelings? And can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!—I have as much soul as you,—and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh;—it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal,—as we are!"
~ Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
"That which is alive and hath known death, and that which is dead yet can never die, for in the Circle of the Spirit life is naught and death is naught. Yea, all things live for ever, though at times they sleep and are forgotten."
by H. Rider Haggard
From splendour he fell through arrogance to contempt for all things save himself, a spirit wasteful and pitiless.
~ The Silmarillion
by J. R. R. Tolkien
The woman who first gives life, light, and form to our shadowy conceptions of beauty, fills a void in our spiritual nature that has remained unknown to us till she appeared.
~ The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins
Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
~ Barnaby Rudge
by Charles Dickens
There is little proportion about either pain or pleasure: a headache darkens the universe while it lasts, a cup of tea really lightens the spirit bereft of all reasonable consolations.
~ Their Wedding Journey
by William Dean Howells
Life's more than breath and the quick round of blood;
It is a great spirit and a busy heart.
by Philip James Bailey
And from that hour his poor maimed spirit, only remembering the place where it had broken its wings, cancelled the dream through which it had since groped, and knew of nothing beyond the Marshalsea.
~ Little Dorrit
by Charles Dickens
"Care I for the limb, the thews, the stature, bulk, and big assemblance of a man! Give me the spirit, Master Shallow."
~ Henry IV, Part Two
by William Shakespeare
"A bodily disease, which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part."
~ The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne