“If the soul is independent, it cannot perish, as death is but a change, and depends upon conditions. If the soul is independent, it must be perfect, for imperfection is again but a condition, and therefore dependent. And this immortal and perfect soul must be the same in the highest God as well as in the humblest person, the difference between them being only in the degree in which this soul manifests itself.”
~ Swami Vivekananda
From a summary of a lecture given before the Brooklyn Ethical Society at the Pouch Mansion, Brooklyn, on December 30, 1894. Reproduced from the Brooklyn Standard Union. Complete Works, 1. 330.