Some who are far from atheists, may make themselves merry with that conceit of thousands of spirits dancing at once upon a needles point. CudworthTrue Intellectual System of the Universe. Vol. III. P. 497. Ed. 1829. Isaac DIsraeli in Curiosities of Literature. Quodlibets, quotes from Aquinas, How many angels can dance on the point of a very fine needle without jostling each other. The idea, not the words, are in AquinasSumma and Sentences. Credited also to Bernardo de Carpino and Alagona.
Aërial spirits, by great Jove designd To be on earth the guardians of mankind: Invisible to mortal eyes they go, And mark our actions, good or bad, below: The immortal spies with watchful care preside, And thrice ten thousand round their charges glide: They can reward with glory or with gold, A power they by Divine permission hold. HesiodWorks and Days. L. 164.
After the spiritual powers, there is no thing in the world more unconquerable than the spirit of nationality . The spirit of nationality in Ireland will persist even though the mightiest of material powers be its neighbor. George W. RussellThe Economics of Ireland. P. 23.