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The principal thing in this world is to keep one's soul aloft. Options
Daemon
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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The principal thing in this world is to keep one's soul aloft.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)
Ray
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 4:54:53 AM

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One's soul is the most important, the most critical, thing that you have. But define 'soul'?
pedro
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 5:55:04 AM
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Ray wrote:
One's soul is the most important, the most critical, thing that you have. But define 'soul'?


I would be inclined to define something before naming and ranking it.
thar
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 6:12:46 AM

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Maybe it can be the other way around: your 'soul' is whatever you fight to keep aloft while the rest is allowed to accommodate real life.
MTC
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 9:58:25 AM
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It is the residuum after "we haue shufflel'd off this mortall coile..."
GabhSigenod
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 12:12:13 PM

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The soul separates as we battle our "dust" to dust.
Allynnh
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 7:41:42 PM
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The soul is what distinguishes man from other animals. Keeping the soul aloft ("the principle thing") may mean maintaining your human (and humane) side... as opposed from letting your brutish qualities manifest themselves.
Thesaurium
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 10:38:26 PM
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The consonyms Solo and Sale for Soul are uplifting emotions.

Lift and Luftwaffe for Aloft also speak volumes.

Are these beastly emotions or cultured ones though?
Babezy
Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 2:10:57 AM
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If it's true that Flaubert kept his soul aloft by giving children venereal diseases, I'm going to go with "beastly."
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