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Reincarnation quotes from famous historical figures

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There is an extraordinary amount of quotes to be found on reincarnation, coming from great historical figures of all ages and nationalities. Here are some.



OVID, Latin poet (43 b. c.- 17 AD )

«[…]so I tell you the souls is always the same, but incorporates itself in different forms».

VIRGILIO, Latin poet (70-19 BC)

«O father, said Aeneas, must I deem
That from this region souls exalted rise
To upper air, and shall once more return
To cumbering flesh? O, wherefore do they feel,
Unhappy ones, such fatal lust to live?».

, Roman politician and writer (106 – 43 BC)

«It is again 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 taking them in for the first time but remembering and recalling them.».

EMPEDOCLES, Greek pre-Socratic philosopher (circa 490-430 BC)

«For before now I have been at some time boy and girl, bush, and a mute fish in the sea… All things doth Nature change, enwrapping souls In unfamiliar tunics of the flesh».

PLATO, Greek philosopher (427-347 BC)

«I am confident in the belief that there truly is such a thing as living again, and that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence, and that the good souls have a better portion than the evil».

PLOTINO, Hellenistic philosopher (205-270 AD)

«This devouring of Kind by Kind is necessary as the means tothe transmutation of living things which could not keep form for ever even though no other killed them: what grievance is it that when they must go their despatch is so planned as to be serviceable to others? Still more, what does it matter when they are devoured only tore turn in some new form? It comes to no more than the murder of one of the personages in a play; the actor alters his make ­up and enters in a new role. The actor, of course, was not really killed; but if dying is but changing a body as the actor changes a costume, or even an exit from the body like the exit of the actor from the boards when he has no more to say or do, what is there so very dreadful in this transformation of living beings one into another?».


JALALU’L-DIN RUMI, mystic Persian poet (1207-1273)

«”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?».


PARACELSUS, Swiss doctor and alchemist (1493-1541)

«[…]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…».

GIORDANO BRUNO, Italian poet and philosoper (1548-1600)

Giornano Bruno
«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.».


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN,  philosopher, politician (1706-1790)

Benjamin Franklin
“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.”


HONORÉ DE BALZAC, French novelist and playwright (1799-1850)

Honoré de Balzac
«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?»


CARL GUSTAV JUNG, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (1875-1961)

carl gustav jung
«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».


JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE, German writer (1749 1832)

«The soul of man is like to water; from Heaven it cometh, to Heaven it riseth… And then returning to earth, forever alternating».


ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER, German philosopher (1788-1860)

«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».


PAUL GAUGUIN, French post-Impressionist artist (1848-1903)

Paul Gauguin
«When the physical organism breaks up, the soul survives. It then takes on another body.»


MAURICE MAETERLINCK, Belgian writer  (1862-1949)

maurice maeterlinck
«We can be born thus more than once; and each birth brings us a little nearer to our God.».


MOHANDAS K. GANDHI, Indian lawyer and political ethicist (1869-1948)

Mahatma Gandhi
«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, American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet (1803-1882)

Ralph 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.».


WALT WHITMAN, American poet, essayist, and journalist (1819-1892)

walt whitman
«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 time.».


EDGAR ALLAN POE, American writer, editor, and literary critic (1809-1849)

edgar allan poe
«But it is mere idleness to say that I had not lived before – that the soul has no previous existence.»


RICHARD WAGNER, German composer (1813-1883)

Richard Wagner
«In contrast to reincarnation and karma, all other views appear petty and narrow».


LEV TOLSTOJ, Russian writer (1828-1910)

Portrait of Leo Tolstoy
«“Karma” is the Buddhist belief that not only character traits of every human being, but also the whole fate of the current life is the consequence of his actions in his previous life, and that the same way good or evil of our future life will depend on our efforts to avoid evil and commit the good deeds, that we accomplish in this life».


ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, English novelist (1859-1930)

Arthur Doyle
«A study of family portraits is enough to convert a man to the doctrine of reincarnation.».


GUSTAV MAHLER, German composer (1860-1911)

«We all return. It is this certainty that gives meaning to life and it does not make the slightest difference whether or not in a later incarnation we remember the former life. What counts is not the individual and his comfort, but the great aspiration to the perfect and the pure which goes on in each incarnation.».


HENRY FORD, US automobile pioneer (1863-1947)

Henry ford
«I adopted the theory of Reincarnation when I was twenty six. Religion offered nothing to the point. Even work could not give me complete satisfaction. Work is futile if we cannot utilize the experience we collect in one life in the next. When I discovered Reincarnation it was as if I had found a universal plan I realized that there was a chance to work out my ideas. Time was no longer limited. I was no longer a slave to the hands of the clock. Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives. Some are older souls than others, and so they know more. The discovery of Reincarnation put my mind at ease. If you preserve a record of this conversation, write it so that it puts minds at ease. I would like to communicate to others the calmness that the long view of life gives to us».


RUDYARD KIPLING, English writer (1865-1936)

Rudyard Kipling
«As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race… and the hearts of the meanest were humbled».


KAHLIL GIBRAN, Lebanese writer and poet (1883-1931)

khalil gibran
«Forget not that I shall come back to you. A little while, and my longing shall gather dust and foam for another body. A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.».


SOMERSET MAUGHAM, English writer (1874-1965)

Somerset Maugham
«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 out future lives will be less afflicted».


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