the soul of (something)

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the soul of (something)

The representation, essence, or embodiment of a particular trait or quality (which is stated after "of"). My mom is just the soul of kindness—she's always willing to help anyone in need. As the old saying goes, brevity is the soul of wit—if your joke meanders or stalls, the humor of it dies. Don't worry, my sister is the soul of discretion—she won't tell anyone about our engagement before we do.
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soul of, the

The essence of some quality, as in You can trust her; she's the soul of discretion, or He's the very soul of generosity but he can be cranky at times. This idiom was first recorded in 1605.
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References in classic literature ?
This agrees well with that high philosophy of Beauty which the ancient writers delighted in; for they said that the soul of man, embodied here on earth, went roaming up and down in quest of that other world of its own out of which it came into this, but was soon stupefied by the light of the natural sun, and unable to see any other objects than those of this world, which are but shadows of real things.
The soul which is in the soul of each, craving a perfect beatitude, detects incongruities, defects and disproportion in the behavior of the other.
This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight--perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman.
The ravages of mental distress affected the soul of man in the same way that acute physical anguish affected the body; and an intelligent being, suffering from a moral malady, had surely a right to destroy himself, a right he shares with the sheep, that, fallen a victim to the 'staggers,' beats its head against a tree.
Plato's dualism and the soul of the Early Church Fathers.
Her customers may request for the soul of anyone, famous or not, except for just one name: Kanye West.
When the lab can't find Paul's soul, they rent him the soul of a Russian poet.
To me, the sanctuary is the soul of the black church, and the soul is the sanctuary of our spiritual being.
The soul of Europe will be built upon its diversities, its qualities and its aspirations,' wrote Robert Schuman, one of the fathers of the European Union, in 1963.
Of special interest are 13 references to the soul of Christ (Stead, 1982).
To Plato, the soul of the world, and consequently the soul of a human being, has an intelligible, a numerical and geometrical structure.
All of our problems, personal and social, are due to a loss of soul," writes Moore, author of such international bestsellers as Care of the Soul (HarperPerennial), Soulmates (HarperPerennial), and The Soul of Sex (HarperCollins).
How, then, could the soul of man, anthropos, be present in a beast?