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- The spirit, mind, or intellect of an individual.
1913, James Francis Cooke, Great Pianists on Piano Playing, reprint edition, Project Gutenberg, published 2009:
- The average virtuoso thinks far more of his "geist," his "talent" (or as Emerson would have it, "the shadow of the soul--the otherwise") than he does of his technic, or his cadenzas.
- 2011, Harriet A. Harris, God, Goodness and Philosophy:
- When man experiences pain, he can direct his Geist towards something that surpasses mere reality (the pain itself).