C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God; and ye are not your own?

1 Cor. vi. 19.

  • For of the soul the body form doth take,
  • For soul is form, and doth the body make.
  • Spenser.

    Our body is a well-set clock, which keeps good time; but if it be too much or indiscreetly tampered with, the alarum runs out before the hour.

    Bishop Hall.

    Every physician knows, though metaphysicians know little about it, that the laws which govern the animal machine are as certain and invariable as those which guide the planetary system, and are as little within the control of the human being who is subject to them.


    These limbs,—whence had we them; this stormy force; this life-blood, with its burning passion? They are dust and shadow—a shadow system gathered round our me; wherein through some moments or years, the divine essence is to be revealed in the flesh.


    God made the human body, and it is by far the most exquisite and wonderful organization which has come to us from the Divine hand. It is a study for one’s whole life. If an undevout astronomer is mad, an undevout physiologist is still madder.