The breath of God became the soul
of man; the soul of man therefore is nothing but the breath of God. The rest of
the world exists through the word of God; man through His own peculiar breath.
This breath is the seal and pledge of our relation to God, of our godlike
dignity; whereas the breath breathed into the animals is nothing but the common
breath, the life-wind of nature, which is moving everywhere, and only appears
in the animal fixed and bound into a certain independence and individuality, so
that the animal soul is nothing but a nature-soul individualized into certain,
though still material spirituality.”—Ziegler.