who said eyes are the windows to your soul?
i dont knoww who said it i forgott! lol
- Cynthia LYLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
There seems to be a great deal of debate over the origins of the phrase and a lot of people have said it. It's been attributed to Shakespeare, Leonardo DaVinci and others. Those I could find are listed here:
The eye is the window of the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye; the emotions, sensibilities, and affections, in the mouth. The animals look for man's intentions right into his eyes. Even a rat, when you hunt him and bring him to bay, looks you in the eye. Hiram Powers, American sculptor (1805 - 1873)
I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul. Max Beerbohm
"Perhaps in all too many cases they are full of ancient traditional hokum from the culture about the eyes being the windows of the soul, and things being seen in them that might not otherwise be revealed -- which seems to be one of the most misguided ideas I've ever known." Sullivan, H. S. (1954). The Psychiatric Interview. New York: Norton. p. 5-6.
The eyes of our souls only then begin to see, when our bodily eyes are closing. Law.
Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul. Milton.
They say that the eye is the window to the soul. But it is the soul that is the window. Andrew Hamilton
The eyes are the window of the soul. English Proverb
The eyes are the window of the soul. Traditional Proverb
The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 4 years ago
"The L*tin proverbs, 'Vultus est index animi' or 'Oculus animi index,' are usually translated as 'The face is the index of the mind.' The French say, 'Les yeux sont le miroir de l'dme (The eyes are the mirror of the soul). 'The eyes are the window of the soul' is a variant form of the proverb..."
From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996)."
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The earliest reference I can find to the saying in its modern form is in the Baptist Magazine, 1815, in an essay simply credited to "T.G." of London.
Ultimately the idea tracks back to Cicero's "Tusculan Disputations", though not in such a terse form (he writes of the ears and nose also being windows to the soul).
TG appears to have been one of many 19th century writers who alluded to the Cicero quote, such as William Hetherington in "Branthwaite Hall and other poems"
Open thine eyes — bright windows to the soul —
But there is no clear-cut famous originator (and certainly not Shakespeare or any of the other usual suspects people pin unknown epigrams to).Source(s): Baptist Magazine http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=kEwEAAAAQAAJ&pg... Cicero http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EdIIAAAAQAAJ&pg...
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- 4 years ago
rubbish, this is utter rubbish. the soul is the part of a person which will stand before God and which will be judged before a Holy and Just God. The soul is the part of a person which will either live forever in Heaven or Hell. Where will your soul be tonight if the Lord would take your breath away this day?
- 5 years ago
Stephen king, in salem's lot, said it. "If eyes are the windows to the soul, then his eyes opened onto an empty room." (Speaking of a vampire). But the first person to say it? Probably Moses. I know, I know: "*gasp* that's The Bible! You aren't allowed to make mention of that! You ... ummm ... You must be a religious nut job!"
- 5 years ago
The earliest work where I saw it worded exact was Pliny the Elder s Natural History approx. 70 AD, but he probably got the idea from studying Cicero, lol.
- 6 years ago
Believe it or not this is something I always thought to myself in spite of never hearing this phrase from anyone, it makes a lot of sense if you ponder over it for a long time.
- 3 years ago
"Just as Blake called our eyes "The windows of the soul," he referred to our ears as "The ventilator shafts of the liver." source " Jesus may have been an Apache and other Actual Facts "