Quotes #1: Trail of Diamonds in Sand: Famous Quotes on Reincarnation
We All Have Been Here Before
The truth is that more people in the world believe in reincarnation than do not. Sadly, for those of us who live here, most people in the United States of America do not.
Yet, just in case, you believe that the only people who believe in the principles of karma and reincarnation live in the East, below are quotes from famous Westerners to show that "you are not alone".
Of course, to balance my karma, there are quotes from famous Easterners. For after all, most Easterners believe very firmly in the concepts of karma and reincarnation.
Trail of Diamonds in the Sand
Like a trail of diamonds in the sand, these quotes reveal the truth of our existence.
For as we journey through life, we learn tolerance. For we have been and will be all things... If you have any quotes to share about reincarnation, karma, or past lives, I invite you to send them to me so that I can share them here.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Reincarnation:
Wisdom of the West: The Bible & Teachings of Jesus
Jesus passed by, he saw a man who was blind from his
birth. So his disciples asked him, saying, 'Master, who
did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:
but the works of God should be made manifest in him."
"The Jews unto him, 'Thou art not
yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? ' Jesus
said unto them, 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before
Abraham was, I am.'"
"And from the days of John the
Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth
violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the
prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye
will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He
that hath ears, let him hear."
"No honest theologian therefore
can deny that his acceptance of Jesus as Christ logically
binds every Christian to a belief in reincarnation - in
Elias case (who was later John the Baptist) at least."
"For the children being not yet
born, neither having done any good or evil, that the
purpose of God according to election might stand, not of
works, but of him that calleth; It was said unto her, The
elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob
have I loved, but Esau have hated."
"Behold, I shew you a mystery. We
shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a
moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:
for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this
corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall
have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put
on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying
that is written, Death is swallowed up...
O death, where is thy sting? O
grave, where is thy victory?"
"Souls are poured from one into
another of different kinds of bodies of the world."
"'I shall give you what no eye has
seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched,
and what has never arisen in a human mind." So the
disciples said to Jesus, 'Tell us about the end.' Jesus
said, 'Have you already discovered the beginning that now
you can seek after the end? For where the beginning is,
the end will be. Blessed is the one who stands at the
beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste
death. Blessed is the one who came to life before coming
"Our Lord has written the promise
of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf
In our sad condition our only
consolation is the expectancy of another life."
"In the midst of life we are in
death. Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in
sure and certain hope of the Resurrection into eternal
"Then the word of the Lord came
unto me, saying, 'Before I formed thee in the belly, I
knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I
sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the
"And when the sons of the
prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said
'The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha'. And they came
to meet him and bowed themselves to the ground before
"For a thousand years in thy sight
are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in
the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they
are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which
"For behold, this is my work and
my glory - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal
life of man."
"Thy dead men shall live, together
with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye
that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs,
and the earth shall cast out the dead."
"And many of them that sleep in
the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting
life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."
"Him that overcometh will I make a
pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more
"The souls must reenter the
absolute from where they have emerged. They must develop
all the perfections; the germ of which is planted in
them; and if they have not fulfilled this condition
during one life; they must commence another
they have acquired the condition that fits them for
reunion with God."
"The 'soul' is the bridge between
the spirit and the personality. Pure spiritual energy is
individualized through the soul before it enters the
personality. This is partly to protect the personality
from too great an influx of undiluted spiritual energy
which could 'blow it out'. This is partly to
individualize the energy for the lessons of the
incarnation of that particular Soul."
"Reincarnation is assumed in the
is not an exclusively Hindu or Buddhist concept, but it
is part of the history of human origin. It is proof of
the mindstream's capacity to retain knowledge of physical
and mental activities. It is related to the theory of
interdependent origination and to the law of cause and
Krishna says: "I produce myself
among creatures whenever there is a decline in virtue and
an insurrection of vice and injustice in the world ; and
thus I incarnate from age to age, for the preservation of
the just, the destruction of the wicked, and the
establishment of righteousness."
"Learn thou! the Life is,
spreading life through all;
unassailed, unharmed, untouched, immortal,
"To be born here and to die here,
to die here and to be born elsewhere,
"Samsara-the Wheel of Existence,
literally, the "Perpetual Wandering"-is the
name by which is designated the sea of life ever
restlessly heaving up and down, the symbol of this
continuous process of ever again and again being born,
growing old, suffering, and dying. (It) is constantly
changing from moment to moment, (as lives) follow
continuously one upon the other through inconceivable
periods of time. Of this Samsara, a single lifetime
constitutes only a vanishingly tiny fraction."
"Whenever I am born in every life
to come, may I meet again my Guardian Angel of this life!
Speaking and understanding the moment I am born, may
remember my former lives!"
"Birth and death are doors through
which you pass from one dream to another. Someone is born on
Earth in France as a powerful king, rules for a time, then
dies. He may be reborn in India, and travel in a bullock cart
into the forest to meditate. He may next find rebirth in America
as a successful businessman. When he dreams death again,
reincarnates perhaps in Tibet as a devotee of Buddha and
spends his entire life in a lamasery. Therefore hate none
and be attached to no nationality, for sometimes you are
a Hindu, sometimes a Frenchman, sometimes an Englishman,
or an American or a Tibetan... Each existence is a dream
within a dream, is it not?"
"Ignorant ones, due to their own
attachment toward wealth and enjoyment, get deluded and
Such foolish ones come under my Rod again
and again by revolving in the birth-death cycle
does not die when the body dies. Concealed
in the heart of all beings lies the 'atma', the Spirit,
the Self; smaller than the smallest atom, greatest that
the greatest spaces."
"The soul is not born; it does not die; it was not
produced from anyone... Unborn, eternal, it is not slain,
though the body is slain."
"To attain to the human form must
always be a source of joy. And then to undergo continuous
transitions, with only the infinite to look forward to:
what incomparable bliss is that!"
"The transformation toward eternal
life is gradual. The heavy gross energy of body, mind,
and spirit must first be purified and uplifted. When the
then self mastery can be
"And Allah hath caused you to
spring forth from the Earth like a plant;
"And you were dead, and He brought you back
to life. And He shall cause you to die, and shall bring you
back to life, and in the end shall gather you unto Himself."
"God generates beings, and sends
them back over and over again, till they return to
the individual Soul is
constantly reborn into the world, rising or falling in
fortune according to Its deed and their consequences,
which is karma
Until it awakens to full self
knowledge, Soul may undergo reincarnations for long
periods of time, touching the highest possibilities of
pleasure and the lowest depths of pain
Those in India "will never speak
of bodily wants as theirs: they say 'My body is hungry',
'My body is tired', not 'I am hungry' or 'I am
It is truer to the facts than our
self-identification with our body. If we were in the
habit of identifying ourselves in thought, not with the
habitation we live in but with the Human self, that
dwells therein, life would become a greater and serener
thing. We should brush off troubles as we brush the dust
from garments, and we should realize the measure of all
things happening to us is not the pain or pleasure they
bring to our bodies, but the progress or retardation they
bring to the Human within us. And since all things are
matters of experience and lessons may be learned from
each, we should take the sting out of griefs by searching
in each for the wisdom enwrapped in it as the petals are
folded within the bud."
"All life changes its aspect when
reincarnation becomes a settled conviction, beyond all
argument, raised above all dispute. Each day of life but
one page in the great drama of existence; each sorrow but
a fleeting shadow cast by a passing cloud; each joy but a
gleam of sunshine reflected from a swinging mirror; each
death but the moving from a worn-out house. The strength
of an eternal youth begins slowly to pass into the
awakening life; the calmness of a vast serenity broods
over the tossing waves of human thought. The radiant
glory of the immortal Intelligence pierces the thick
dusky clouds of matter, and the imperishable Peace that
nought can ruffle sheds its pure whiteness over the
"That which is part of our souls is
eternal... Those lives are countless, but the soul or spirit
that animates us throughout these myriads of existences is the
same; and though "the book and volume" of the physical brain may
forget events within the scope of one life, the bulk of collective
recollections can never desert the divine soul within us.
Its whispers may be too soft, the sound of its words too far
off the plane perceived by our physical senses; yet the shadow
of events that were, just as much as the shadow of the events
that are to come, is within its perceptive powers, and is ever
present before its mind's eye."
"A list of brilliant thinkers, who
intuited and taught the doctrine of rebirth is virtually
endless. Let us name a few: Plato, Pythagoras, Origen,
Augustine, Philo Judaeus, Paracelsus, Boehme,
Spinoza, Leibniz, Schopenhauer, Goethe, Leonardo da
Vinci, Bruno, Kant, Blake, Schiller, Emerson, Thoreau,
Whitman, Browning, Flaubert, Wagner, Tolstoy, Kipling,
Sibelius, McTaggart, Gandhi", and Franklin.
"The choice of souls was in most
cases based on their own experience of a previous
Knowledge easily acquired is that which the
enduing self had in an earlier life, so that it flows
"Souls never die, but always on
quitting one abode pass to another. All things change, nothing
perishes. The soul passes hither and thither, occupying now
this body, now that... As a wax is stamped with certain figures,
then melted, then stamped anew with others, yet it is always the
same wax. So, the Soul being always the same, yet wears at
different times different forms."
"It can be shown that an
incorporeal and reasonable being has life in itself
independently of the body... then it is beyond a doubt
bodies are only of secondary importance and arise from
time to time to meet the varying conditions of reasonable
creatures. Those who require bodies are clothed with
them, and contrariwise, when fallen souls have lifted
themselves up to better things their bodies are once more
annihilated. They are ever vanishing and ever
"Did my infancy succeed another age
of mine that dies before it? Was it that which I spent within
my mother's womb?... And what before that life again, O God of
my joy, was I anywhere or in any body?"
"The air is full of souls those who are
nearest to earth descending to be tied to mortal bodies return to
other bodies, desiring to live in them."
"Some children are born from heaven and
others are born from hell, because each human being has his inherent
tendencies, and these tendencies belong to his spirit, and indicate
the state in which he existed before he was born."
"What kind of spiritual triumph it was I
can neither write nor speak; it can only be compared with that where
life is born in the midst of death, and is like the resurrection of
"We feel and know that we are
"Of what use would it be to you, sir, to
become King of China on condition that you forgot what you have been?
Would it not be the same as if God, at the same time he destroyed you,
created a King in China?"
"Were an Asiatic to ask me for a definition
of Europe, I should be forced to answer him: It is that part of the
world which is haunted by the incredible delusion that man was created
out of nothing, and that his present birth is his first entrance into
"The soul of man is like to water;
from Heaven it cometh, to Heaven it riseth
"Our life is made by the death of others."
"By birth and growth the spirit-architect
expands into this mass of which we consist, spreading outwards from
the heart. Thither again it withdraws, winding up the threads of its
web, returning by the same path along which it advanced, passed out
by the same gate through which it entered. Birth is expansion
of the center... death contraction to the center. It is the
soul that gathers about it, groups and vivifies the mass. The
soul is not the body and it may be in one body or in another,
and pass from body to body."
"No one can be called friendless with God
at his side. Sooner or later we have to take those bricks we have
thrown through windows and use them to build arches over eternity."
"If we could see ourselves... as we really
are, we should see ourselves in a world of spiritual natures, our
community which neither began at birth nor will end with the
death of the body."
"I see the Past, Present, and Future
existing all at once before me..."
"Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate."
"The soul comes from without into the human
body, as into a temporary abode, and it goes out of it anew... it passes
into other habitations, for the soul is immortal."
"As far back as I can remember I have unconsciously
referred to the experiences of a previous state of existence."
"I know I am deathless. No doubt I
have died myself ten thousand times before. I laugh at
what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude of
"Rejoice that man is hurled, From change
to change unceasingly, His soul's wings never furled!"
"It seems to me... that I have always lived!
I possess memories that go back to the Pharoahs. I see myself very
clearly at different ages of history, practicing different
professions... My present personality is the result of my
lost [past] personalities."
"In contrast to reincarnation and karma,
all other views appear petty and narrow."
"The soul is immortal- well then,
if I shall always live, I must have lived before, lived
for a whole eternity."
"As I pass through my incarnations in
every age and race... and the hearts of the meanest were humbled."
"Millions of years ago, in my previous
incarnations, I must have been related to swans... because I can
still feel that affinity."
"There are so many things that are
incompatible with a single life. No one can learn fully in
one life the lessons of unbroken health and of bodily sickness,
of riches and of poverty, of study and action, of
comradeship and isolation, of defiance and of obedience,
of virtue and of vice."
"I cannot think of permanent enmity
between man and man, and believing as I do in the theory of
reincarnation, I live in the hope that if not in this birth,
in some other birth I shall be able to hug all of humanity
in friendly embrace."
"When I see nothing annihilated,
and not even a drop of water wasted, I cannot suspect the
annihilation of souls
Thus finding myself to exist
in the world, I believe I shall, in some shape or other,
always exist; with all the inconveniences human life is
liable to, I shall not object to a new edition of mine;
hoping, however, that the errata of the last may be
"The idea of a succession of lives
for each human creature would be no more debatable to the
average Hindu than a Westerner's fixed belief that the
continuity from childhood to adulthood exists in a single
"I am no Hindu, but I hold the doctrine
of the Hindus concerning a future state (rebirth) to be incomparably
more rational, more pious, and more likely to deter men from vice
than the horrid opinions inculcated by Christians on
punishments without end." [Like eternal Hell for example! - EM]
"The theory of Reincarnation, which
originated in India, has been welcomed in other countries. Without
doubt, it is one of the most sensible and satisfying of all religions
that mankind has conceived. This, like the others, comes from the
best qualities of human nature, even if in this, as in the others,
its adherents sometimes fail to carry out the principles in
"You see that who you are isn't
moving in time. Time is describing the incarnations, the
"This doctrine of transmigration
or reincarnation of the soul is found among many tribes
The Celts were fearless warriors
because "they wish to inculcate this as one
of their leading tenets, that souls do not become
extinct, but pass after death from one body to
"Rebirth is an affirmation that
must be counted among the primordial affirmations of
mankind. The concept of rebirth necessarily
implies the continuity of personality. Here the human
personality is regarded as continuous and accessible to
memory, so that, when one is incarnated or born, one is
able, potentially, to remember that one has lived through
previous existences, and that these existences were one's
own, ie, they had the same ego form as the present life.
As a rule, reincarnation means rebirth in a human body."
"The origin of the philosophy of
reincarnation is prehistoric. It antedates antiquity all
over the world."
"If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come
back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or
needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything."
"It is conceivable that I might well be
reborn as a Chinese coolie. In such case I should lodge a protest."
"The little babies are missing their
families from their past lives. The babies have old souls and the
old souls have to shrink to become little babies. The tears loosen
their memories so they can slide away. They cry at the life they
have lost, and then they cry at everything they'll forget."
"Know, therefore, that from the
greater silence I shall return
Forget not that I
shall come back to you
A little while, a moment of
rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear
"Who says the eternal being does
not exist? Who says the sun has gone out? Someone who
climbs up on the roof and closes his eyes tight, and
says, I don't see anything."
"A person whose life's vision is
limited to this one fleeting incarnation is like the plow
horse which views it's life's work as a single furrow.
Not able to appreciate how one furrow blends with the
many others. Not able to understand why there are rocks
in the furrow. Not able to why the furrow is so hard to
"I realized that Eastern thought had
somewhat more compassion for all living things. Man was a form
of life that in another reincarnation might possibly be a horsefly
or a bird of paradise or a deer. So a man of such faith, looking
at animals, might be looking at old friends or ancestors."
"Iím a great believer in the hereafter, in
karma, in reincarnation. It does make sense. I believe that God is
not just a law-giver, but a creative artist. The greatest of all. And
what characterises artists is that they want to redo their work. Maybe
it didnít come off perfectly, so they want to see it done again, and
improved. Reincarnation is a way for God to improve his earlier works."
"I think immortality is the passing of a soul
through many lives... such as are truly lived, used, and learned,
help on to the next, each growing richer, happier, and higher,
carrying with it only the real memories that have gone before."
"We all have some experience of a feeling,
that comes over us occasionally, of what we are saying and doing
having been said and done before, in a remote time - of our having
been surrounded, dim ages ago, by the same faces, objects,
"Has it occurred to you that transmigration
is at once an explanation and a justification of the evil of the world?
If the evils we suffer are the result of sins committed in our past lives,
we can bear them with resignation and hope that if in this one we strive
toward virtue our future lives will be less afflicted."
"Friends are all souls that we've known in other lives.
We're drawn to each other. That's how I feel about friends.
Even if I have only known them a day, it doesn't matter. I'm
not going to wait till I have known them for two years, because
anyway, we must have met somewhere before, you know."
"Reincarnation is making a
"I have been born more times than
anybody except Krishna."
"So as through a glass and darkly,
the age long strife I see,
"I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living
again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls
of the dead are in existence."
"I am certain that I have been
here as I am now a thousand times before, and I hope to
return a thousand times."
"... I am the same personal being who in old
times upon the Earth had those experiences."
"Even such is Time which takes all
in trust: Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
"It is the secret of the world
that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a
little from sight and afterwards return again. Nothing is
dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock
and there they stand looking out of the
window, sound and well, in some strange new
"As the stars looked to me when
I was a shepherd in Assyria, they look to me now as a
"I am by nature the most intolerant and
insular Englishman... If you happen to be a person like that and
you learn from evidence (which you are prepared to accept) that
in the past you have been a Chinese, an Egyptian, a Persian, a
Red Indian... you begin to assume a somewhat less exclusive view
of these our fellow men."
"This life is only one of a series of lives
which our incarnated part has lived. I have little doubt of our having
pre-existed; and that also in the time of our pre-existence
we were actively employed. So, therefore, I believe in our
active employment in a future life, and I like the thought."
"I did not begin when I was born, nor when
I was conceived. I have been growing, developing, through incalculable
myriads of millenniums... All my previous selves have their voices,
echoes, promptings in me... Oh, incalculable times again shall
I be born."
"Reincarnation is implicit in the
manifested universe and is a basic and fundamental."
"It is no more surprising to be
born once than to be born twice: everything in nature is
"The virtuous shall have the power
to revive and live again. All pure and holy spirits live on
in heavenly places, and in course of time they are again
sent down to inhabit righteous bodies"
"The bodies of all men are, indeed, mortal,
and are created out of corruptible matter; but the soul is ever immortal,
and is a portion of the divinity that inhabits our bodies... Do you
not know, that those who depart out of this life according to
the laws of nature... enjoy eternal fame; that their houses and
posterity are sure; that their souls are pure and obedient, and
obtain a most holy place in heaven, from whence, in the revolution
of ages, they are again sent... into bodies; while the souls of
those whose hands have acted madly against themselves are received
by the darkest place in Hades?"
"Our birth is but a sleep and a
forgetting; The Soul that rises with us, our life's star,
"I am certain that I have been here
as I am now a thousand times before, and I hope to return a
"The most promising evidence
bearing on reincarnation seems to come from the
spontaneous cases, especially among children."
"It is a strong proof of men
knowing most things before birth, that when mere children
they grasp innumerable facts with such speed as to show
that they are not then taking them in for the first time,
but are remembering and recalling them."
"Have you never observed that
children will sometimes, of a sudden, give utterance to
ideas which makes us wonder how they got possession of
them? Which presuppose a long series of other ideas and
secret self-communings? Which break forth like a full
stream out of the earth, an infallible sign that the
stream was not produced in a moment from a few raindrops,
but had long been flowing concealed beneath the
"I have been here before, but when
or how I cannot tell:
"Live so that thou mayest desire
to live again - that is thy duty - for in any case thou
wilt live again!"
"As death, when we come to
consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence. I
have formed during the last few years such close
relations with this best and truest friend of mankind,
that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me,
but is very soothing and consoling! I thank my God for
graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that
death is the key which unlocks the door to our true
"The soul, still a dragged
captive, will tell of all the man did and felt; but upon
death there will appear, as time passes, memories of the
lives lived before, some of the events of the most recent
life being dismissed as trivial. As it grows away from
the body, it will revive things forgotten in the
corporeal state. And if it passes in and out of one body
after another, it will tell over the events of the
discarded life. It will treat as present that which it
has just left, and it will remember much from the former
existence. But with lapse of time it will come to
forgetfulness of many things that were mere accretion.
"Reincarnation contains a most
comforting explanation of reality by means of which
Indian thought surmounts difficulties which baffle the
thinkers of Europe."
"You would know the hidden realm
where all souls dwell.
"He saw all these forms and faces in a
thousand relationships... become newly born. Each one was mortal,
a passionate, painful example of all that is transitory. Yet none
of them died, they only changed, were always reborn, continually
had a new face: only time stood between one face and another."
"As we live through thousands of dreams
in our present life, so is our present life only one of many
thousands of such lives which we enter from the other more real
life... and then return after death. Our life is but one of the
dreams of that more real life, and so it is endlessly,
until the very last one, the very real life of God."
"'Do you have any idea how many lives
we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that
there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the
Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand!... We choose our next
world though what we learn in this one... But you, Jon,
learned so much at one time that you didn't have to go
through a thousand lives to reach this one.'"
"Let us face it: 'deep down' nobody in
his right mind can visualize his own existence without assuming
that he has always lived and will live hereafter."
Bede writes: "a man from the province
of Northumbria returns from the dead... 'A handsome man in a shining robe
was my guide... He said to me... 'You must now return to your body and
live among men once more; but, if you will weigh your actions with
greater care and study to keep your words and ways virtuous and
simple, then when you die you too will win a home among these happy
spirits that you see'... I was most reluctant to return to my body
...but I did not dare to question my guide. Meanwhile, I know not how,
I suddenly found myself alive among men once more.' ...inspired by an
insatiable longing for the blessings of heaven, and by his words and
by his life, he helped many people to salvation."
"Every new born being indeed comes
fresh and blithe into the new existence, and enjoys it as
a free gift: but there is, and can be, nothing freely
given. It's fresh existence is paid for by the old age
and death of a worn out existence which has perished, but
which contained the indestructible seed out of which the
new existence has arisen: they are one being."
"Why should it be thought
incredible that the same soul should inhabit in succession an
indefinite number of moral bodies? Even during this one life
our bodies are perpetually changing, through a process of
decay and restoration; which is so gradual that it escapes our
notice. Every human being thus dwells successively in many
bodies, even during one short life."
"As long as you are not aware of
the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a
vague guest on a dark Earth."
"There is no death. How can there be
death if everything is part of the Godhead? The soul never dies
and the body is never really alive."
"He who fears death either fears
the loss of sensation or a different kind of sensation.
But if thou shalt have no sensation, neither wilt thou
feel any harm; and if thou shalt acquire another kind of
sensation, thou wilt be a different kind of living being
and thou wilt not cease to live."
"I hold that when a person dies,
his Soul returns again to earth;
"My whole belief system is that our
paths are drawn for us. I believe in reincarnation. I believe
we're here to learn and grow. We choose how we come into this
life based on what it is we have to learn. Some people have
harder lessons than others."
"It appears to me impossible
that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless
spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only
organized dust -- ready to fly abroad the moment the
spring snaps, or the spark goes out, which kept it
together. Surely something resides in this heart that is
not perishable -- and life is more than a dream."
"Though I may not be a king in my
future life, so much the better: I shall nevertheless
live an active life and, on top of it, earn less
"I am in exact accord with the belief of
Thomas Edison that spirit is immortal, that there is a continuing
center of character in each personality. But I donít know what
spirit is, nor matter either. I suspect they are forms of
the same thing. I never could see anything in this reputed
antagonism between spirit and matter. To me this is the
most beautiful, the most satisfactory from a scientific
standpoint, the most logical theory of life."
"All changes, even the most longed
for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a
part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can
"All human beings go through a
previous life... Who knows how many fleshly forms the heir of
heaven occupies before he can be brought to understand the
value of silence and solitude whose starry plains are but
the vestibule of spiritual worlds?"
"Every incarnation that we
remember must increase our comprehension of ourselves as
who we are."
"The doctrine of transmigration...
was a means of constructing a plausible vindication of the
ways of the cosmos to man; ...none but very hasty thinkers
will reject it on the grounds of inherent absurdity."
"The soul is not the body and it
may be in one body or in another, and pass from body to body."
"I have a body and I am more than
"I feel my immortality over sweep
all pains, all tears, all time, all fears, - and peal,
like the eternal thunders of the deep, into my ears, this
truth, - thou livest forever!"
"I adopted the theory of reincarnation
when I was 26 [years old]. Genius is experience. Some seem to think
that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience
in many [past] lives."
"Many cultures have independently developed
a belief system in reincarnation that includes return of the unit of
consciousness to another physical lifetime on Earth. Whether or not
we believe in survival of consciousness after death, reincarnation,
and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior."
"Why should we be startled by death? Life is a constant
putting off of the mortal coil - coat, cuticle, flesh and
bones, all old clothes."
"I know I am deathless... We have thus far exhausted
trillions of winters and summers, There are trillions ahead,
and trillions ahead of them."
"Everything science has taught
me strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual
existence after death. I believe in an immortal soul. Science
has proved that nothing disintegrates into nothingness. Life
and soul, therefore, cannot disintegrate into nothingness,
and so are immortal."
"George Sand believed very firmly
in the immortality of the soul. On losing any of her
family, the certainty of going to them some day was her
great consolation. 'I see future and eternal life before
me as a certainty,' she said; 'it is like a light, and,
thanks to its brilliancy, other things cannot be seen;
but the light is there, and that is all I need.' Her
belief was in the existence of God, the goodness of
Providence and the immortality of the soul. George Sand
was an adept in natural religion."
"When the physical organism breaks
up, the soul survives. It then takes on another body."
"My life often seemed to me like a
story that has no beginning and no end. I had the feeling
that I was an historical fragment, an excerpt for which
the preceding and succeeding text was missing. I could
well imagine that I might have lived in former centuries
and there encountered questions I was not yet able to
answer; that I had been born again because I had not
fulfilled the task given to me."
"It's so silly. All you do is get the heck out of your
body when you die. My gosh, everybody's done it thousands
of times. Just because they don't remember, it doesn't mean
they haven't done it."
"For thirty years I have leaned
toward the theory of Reincarnation. It seems a most reasonable
philosophy and explains many things. No, I have no desire to
know what, or who I was once; or what, or who, I shall be in
the ages to come. This belief in immortality makes present
living the more attractive. It gives you all the time there is.
You will always be able to finish what you start. There is
no fever or strain in such an outlook. We are here in life
for one purpose: to get experience. We are all getting it,
and we shall all use it somewhere."
"Some people believe that we go on
living in another body after death, that we lived before. They
call it reincarnation. That we all lived before on the earth
thousands of years ago or on some other planet. They say
we have forgotten it. Some say they remember their past lives."
"I look upon death to be as necessary
to the constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning."
"The tomb is not a blind alley: it
is a thoroughfare. It closes on the twilight. It opens on
"We do not believe in immortality
because we can prove it, but we try to prove it because
we cannot help believing it."
"Life is eternal, and love is
immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is
nothing save the limit of our sight."
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