„A cheerful life is what the Muses love,
A soaring spirit is their prime delight.“

From the Dark Chambers of Dejection Freed, l. 13 (1814).

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britischer Dichter 1770 - 1850

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„Here in this region beyond thought the human spirit actively soars.“

—  Henry Suso Dominican friar and mystic 1295 - 1366

Here in this region beyond thought the human spirit actively soars
The Exemplar, The Life of the Servant

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„My soul is awakened, my spirit is soaring and carried aloft on the wings of the breeze.“

—  Anne Brontë, buch 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)
Kontext: 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.
Kontext: 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.

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„The spirit of fellowship, with its attendant cheerfulness, is in the air.“

—  L. P. Jacks British educator, philosopher, and Unitarian minister 1860 - 1955

"The Peacefulness of Being at War." in The New Republic (11 September 1915), p. 152.
Kontext: The spirit of fellowship, with its attendant cheerfulness, is in the air. It is comparatively easy to love one's neighbor when we realize that he and we are common servants and common sufferers in the same cause. A deep breath of that spirit has passed into the life of England. No doubt the same thing has happened elsewhere.

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„A cheerful temper joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful and wit good-natured.“

—  Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719

No. 192.
The Tatler (1711–1714)

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„Theologian: But what is to love?
Philosopher: To be delighted by the happiness of another.“

Theologus: Amare autem? Philosophus: Felicitate alterius delectari.

—  Gottfried Leibniz German mathematician and philosopher 1646 - 1716

Confessio philosophi (1673)

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„Alas! what boots it with incessant care
To tend the homely slighted shepherd's trade,
And strictly meditate the thankless Muse?
Were it not better done as others use,
To sport with Amaryllis in the shade,
Or with the tangles of Neaera's hair?
Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise
(That last infirmity of noble mind)
To scorn delights, and live laborious days;
But the fair guerdon when we hope to find,
And think to burst out into sudden blaze,
Comes the blind Fury with th' abhorrèd shears,
And slits the thin-spun life.“

—  John Milton, Lycidas

Quelle: Lycidas (1637), Line 64; comparable to: "Erant quibus appetentior famæ videretur, quando etiam sapientibus cupido gloriae novissima exuitur" (Translated: "Some might consider him as too fond of fame, for the desire of glory clings even to the best of men longer than any other passion"), Tacitus, Historiae, iv. 6; said of Helvidius Priscus.

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„Finished things cease to be a shelter for the spirit; but work in progress is a delight“

—  Max Frisch Swiss playwright and novelist 1911 - 1991

Sketchbook 1946-1949

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„And therefore when Love is the Spirit of your Life, it will have the Freedom and Universality of a Spirit; it will always live and work in Love, not because of This or That, Here or There, but because the Spirit of Love can only love, wherever it is or goes or whatever is done to it.“

—  William Law English cleric, nonjuror and theological writer 1686 - 1761

The Spirit of Love (1752) http://www.ccel.org/ccel/law/love/files/love1.htm.
Kontext: Now the Spirit of Love has this Original. God, as considered in himself in his Holy Being, before any thing is brought forth by him or out of him, is only an eternal Will to all Goodness. This is the one eternal immutable God, that from Eternity to Eternity changeth not, that can be neither more nor less nor any thing else but an eternal Will to all the Goodness that is in himself, and can come from him. The Creation of ever so many Worlds or Systems of Creatures adds nothing to, nor takes any thing from this immutable God. He always was and always will be the same immutable Will to all Goodness. So that as certainly as he is the Creator, so certainly is he the Blesser of every created Thing, and can give nothing but Blessing, Goodness, and Happiness from himself because he has in himself nothing else to give. It is much more possible for the Sun to give forth Darkness, than for God to do, or be, or give forth anything but Blessing and Goodness. Now this is the Ground and Original of the Spirit of Love in the Creature; it is and must be a Will to all Goodness, and you have not the Spirit of Love till you have this Will to all Goodness at all Times and on all Occasions. You may indeed do many Works of Love and delight in them, especially at such Times as they are not inconvenient to you, or contradictory to your State or Temper or Occurrences in Life. But the Spirit of Love is not in you till it is the Spirit of your Life, till you live freely, willingly, and universally according to it. For every Spirit acts with Freedom and Universality according to what it is. It needs no command to live its own Life, or be what it is, no more than you need bid Wrath be wrathful. And therefore when Love is the Spirit of your Life, it will have the Freedom and Universality of a Spirit; it will always live and work in Love, not because of This or That, Here or There, but because the Spirit of Love can only love, wherever it is or goes or whatever is done to it. As the Sparks know no Motion but that of flying upwards, whether it be in the Darkness of the Night or in the Light of the Day, so the Spirit of Love is always in the same Course; it knows no Difference of Time, Place, or Persons, but whether it gives or forgives, bears or forbears, it is equally doing its own delightful Work, equally blessed from itself. For the Spirit of Love, wherever it is, is its own Blessing and Happiness because it is the Truth and Reality of God in the Soul, and therefore is in the same Joy of Life and is the same Good to itself, everywhere and on every Occasion.

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„Love of peace, and lonely musing,
In hollow murmurs died away.“

—  William Collins English poet, born 1721 1721 - 1759

Quelle: The Passions, an Ode for Music (1747), Line 67.

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