"The zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, doesn't allow it.
Quotes assembled by Alan Walter. Videos by me.
"I look upon death to be as necessary to the constitution as sleep. We
shall rise refreshed in the morning."
"And, finding myself to exist in the world, I believe I shall, in some
shape or other always exist."
author, best known for book "Call of the Wild":
"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."
"I have been born more times than anybody except Krishna."
"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 the life of God."
"I adopted the theory of reincarnation when I was 26. Genius is
experience. Some think to seem that it is a gift or talent, but it is
the fruit of long experience in many lives".
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
, (German poet, playwright and scientist):
"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."
"Live so that thou mayest desire to live again - that is thy duty - for
in any case thou wilt live again!"
"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."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"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."
"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 funerals and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some strange new disguise."
General George S. Patton
"So as through a glass and darkly, the age long strife I see, Where I
fought in many guises, many names, but always me."
"Reincarnation contains a most comforting explanation of reality by
means of which Indian thought surmounts difficulties which baffle the
thinkers of Europe."
"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
"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The Soul that rises with
us, our life's Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting. And cometh from
(Islamic Poet of the 13th century):
"I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as a plant and rose to
animal, I died as animal and I was man. Why should I fear ? When was I
less by dying?"
[B]"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."
Henry David Thoreau
"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 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
in Gnostic Gospels: Pistis Sophia:
"Souls are poured from one into another of different kinds of bodies of
"It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in
nature is resurrection."
"God generates beings, and sends them back over and over again, till
they return to Him."
(most well known Jewish historian from the time of Jesus):
"All pure and holy spirits live on in heavenly places, and in course of
time they are again sent down to inhabit righteous bodies."
"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 that silence and solitude of spiritual worlds?"
"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 life."
(French post-impressionist painter):
"When the physical organism breaks up, the soul survives. It then takes
on another body."
"Friends are all souls that we've known in other lives. We're drawn to
each other. 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."
"Among the ancient Greeks, reincarnation was a doctrine closely
associated with the followers of the philosopher and mathematician
Pythagoras. According to Pythagorean teaching, the soul survives
"After a series of reincarnations each one following a period of psychic
cleansing in spiritual environments the soul becomes free eternally from
the cycle of reincarnations."
Excerpt from 'The Act of Creation' by Arthur Koestler
"At the age of twenty-two, he [Benjamin Franklin] composed a Pythagorean epitaph for himself; at the age of eighty-four, the year of his death, he ordered that it should appear, unchanged, on his tomb. It reads:
(Like the Cover of an Old Book
Its Contents Torn Out
And stript of its Lettering and Gilding)
Lies Here, Food for Worms.
But the Work Shall Not Be Lost
For It Will (As He Believed) Appear Once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected
"Man doth not yield himself to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through his feeble will