Robert Louis Stevenson quote about killing from Treasure Island - You can kill the body, Mr. Hands, but not the spirit;
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You can kill the body, Mr. Hands, but not the spirit;
 Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island (1883). copy citation

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Author Robert Louis Stevenson
Source Treasure Island
Topic killing spirit body
Date 1883
Language English
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Weblink https://www.gutenberg.org/files/120/120-h/120-h.htm

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“I never seen sich dirty luck, not I. There was this here O'Brien now—he's dead, ain't he? Well now, I'm no scholar, and you're a lad as can read and figure, and to put it straight, do you take it as a dead man is dead for good, or do he come alive again?»
«You can kill the body, Mr. Hands, but not the spirit; you must know that already,» I replied. «O'Brien there is in another world, and may be watching us.»
«Ah!» says he. «Well, that's unfort'nate—appears as if killing parties was a waste of time. Howsomever, sperrits don't reckon for much, by what I've seen.” source

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