soul-searching

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soul-searching a penetrating examination of your own beliefs and motives
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “But from there you will seek the Lord you God and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. [Deuteronomy 4:29]”

Usage

In literature:

All the morning and afternoon I searched up and down in vain, meeting not a soul nor any sign of my brother.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
Oh, to be able to search his eyes, to look down into his very soul!
"Joyce's Investments" by Fannie E. Newberry
She was the soul of directness and candor, and after a thoughtful, searching look into my face she came to the point at once.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
She seemed to search his soul, as if in fear of finding something unworthy there.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
He paused, and their eyes were locked in a soul-searching look.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
Outside the kitchen quarters, which likewise were rigorously searched, not a soul could be found in the house.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
The girl's face flushed burning red, and her gaze fell beneath a pair of dark eyes that seemed to search into her very soul.
"Pretty Madcap Dorothy" by Laura Jean Libbey
That very evening he recited his magic incantations, and his soul left its body to go in search of Yang Gui Fe.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
Though you were to search forever you would nowhere attain the secrets of God's purposes, but would only risk your soul.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
Brand did not know how much of his soul that searching gaze was gradually forcing him to reveal.
"The Fate of Felix Brand" by Florence Finch Kelly
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In poetry:

Then I arise and search the street,
Till I my Lord, my Savior meet:
I ask the watchmen of the night,
"Where did you see my soul's delight?"
"Hymn 71" by Isaac Watts
It is no cold, reversionary bliss,—
No distant hope the trusting bosom proves;
Faith has already wing'd the soul to heaven,
In search of Him whom seeing not she loves.
"Faith" by Caroline Fry
Perhaps we shall not search in vain
Within its wreck and gloom;
'Mid roses ruined of the rain
There still may live one bloom;
One flower, whose heart may still retain
The long-lost soul-perfume.
"A Reed Shaken In The Wind" by Madison Julius Cawein
Let us not shame Thee with a creed
That builds a costly church
But blinds us to a brother's need
Because he dares to search
For truth in his own soul and heart
And finds his church in home and mart.
"Prayer" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life.
There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that
mine. O traveler, if you are in search of That
Don't look outside, look inside yourself and seek That.
"There is a life-force within your soul" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
God's silent, searching flight;
When my Lord's head is filled with dew, and all
His locks are wet with the clear drops of night;
His still, soft call;
His knocking time; the soul's dumb watch,
When spirits their fair kindred catch.
"The Night" by Henry Vaughan

In news:

AP Photo/Rob CarrAfter a bit of soul-searching in his RV, Roger Goodell rushed back to Ed Hochuli's powerful embrace.
Kenneth Branagh returns to his Emmy-nominated role as the soul-searching Swedish cop Sundays, September 9-23 on PBS.
Before you walk into the salon, do a little soul-searching.
Alejandro Ingelmo Goes Soul Searching.
Searching for the heart and soul , so long ignored.
GOP plunges into soul-searching, blaming and intense debate on how to win future campaigns.
In Search of Elegance's 'Humble Soul'.
"While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate," read a statement from the couple.
McGwire's mea culpa may lead MLB to do some mighty soul-searching and shuffle some asterisks.
After Romney loss, GOP soul searching begins.
GOP Has Some Soul-Searching to Do.
So, there was a notable lift in spirits here when "A Memo to American Muslims," counseling community "soul searching" in wake of the September 11 attacks, came to us courtesy of Internet forwarding.
We're searching our souls and wondering why.
Author Christina Nealson goes soul searching.
Soul-searching time for Republicans.
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In science:

Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul, (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1981).
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
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