“As all curves have reference to their centres or foci, so all beauty of character has reference to the soul, and is a graceful gesture of recognition or waving of the body toward it.” – Henry David Thoreau, C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
You have two souls: one eternal and one temporal. The former is who you are at the core of you, a unique fusion of love and truth. Your inner soul is angelic, divine and indestructible. The latter is the mortal instrument for the expression of your inner soul. Your outer soul is composed of body, mind and heart and it is breathed rhythmically into life from within.
Character may be forged on the anvil of trial and tribulation or in the undulating intercourse of heaven and earth. True character doesn’t harden man or stiffen his neck, rather, it affords strength through suppleness, protection through radiance.