"This day before dawn I ascended a hill and looked at the crowded heaven. And I said to my spirit, When we become the enfolders of those orbs, and the pleasure and knowledge of everything in them, shall we be filled and satisfied then? And my spirit said, No, we but level that lift to pass and continue beyond." Walt Whitman, 'Leaves of Grass'
"From infancy every forgotten day and hour has added to our experiences, to our growth and capacity, made its contribution to the mind and soul." W. Macneile Dixon
"I look upon death to be as necessary to the constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning." Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, scientist and philosopher, letter to a friend
"Then everything becomes one, all individualities are merged into one, yet each knowing itself, a mysterious teaching indeed. But then, that which to us now is non-conscious or the unconscious, will then be absolute consciousness." H. B. Blavatsky, 'Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge'
"I hold – in view of the rapid movement of the soul, its vivid memory of the past and its prophetic knowledge of the future, its many accomplishments, its vast range of knowledge, its numerous discoveries – that a nature embracing such varied gifts cannot itself be mortal." Cicero (106-43 bc), Roman statesman and philosopher, 'On Old Age'
"I am conscious of Eternal Generation, that I am what never lay in the cradle and no coffin can hold, but sits behind smiling at what was brought forth..." Cyrus A. Bartol (1813-1900), Unitarian minister, 'The Rising Faith'
"The soul is not extinguished by its own proper death, but..it will be restored to the light of perennial life, and will return to its pristine integrity and perfection." Macrobius (4th – 5th century), Roman Neoplatonist, 'Commentary on the Dream of Scipio'
"Man is the dialogue between nature and God." J. W. von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet
"The ringing challenge of the Delphic Oracle has resounded through the centuries: MAN, KNOW THYSELF!"
"Not only souls but animals also are ingenerable and imperishable; they are only developed, enveloped, reclad, stripped, transformed; souls never leave the whole of their body, and do not pass from one body to another which is entirely new to them." Leibniz (1646-1716), German philosopher and mathematician, 'Principles of Nature'
"The soul-order, originating from one primal Soul, descends to a manifold of souls and again carries back the manifold to the one." Proclus (410-485 ad), Greek Neoplatonic philosopher, 'Elements of Theology'
"The soul is an emanation of the Divinity, a part of the soul of the world." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American philosopher and essayist, Journals for 1830
"Immortality is a word which stands for the stability or permanence of that unique and precious quality we discern in the soul." W. Macneile Dixon, 'The Human Situation'
"Begin heart and soul to spread the teaching of universal brotherhood…universal brotherhood rests upon the common soul." H. B. Blavatsky, interview in London, 1887
"Teaching is not a matter of something being placed in one person by another, but is a question of eliciting something that is already present, although only implicitly and latently, at hidden depths of the individual's mind." Ira Progoff (b. 1921), 'The Symbolic and the Real'
"Within the soul is a spark of the Itongo, the Universal Spirit." Mankanyezi, Zulu Wise Man
"The soul of man is immortal…is never destroyed." Plato, 'Meno'
"We may adduce the transcendental hypothesis, that all life is properly intelligible, and not subject to the changes of time, and that it neither began in birth, nor will end in death….If we could see ourselves and other objects as they really are, we should see ourselves in a world of spiritual natures, our community with which neither began at our birth nor will end with the death of the body." Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), German philosopher, 'Critique of Pure Reason', Part II: I, iii
"Our soul, that is, the personality behind our mind, is born with a true knowledge of fundamental realities. This knowledge is in a subconscious form, but by intellectual efforts, stimulated and aided by observations, we can bring it up to the level of consciousness." Gustav Stromberg (1882-1962), Swedish-American astronomer and physicist, 'The Searchers'
"Our innermost being is more valuable than all titles and honors." Queen Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898),
"By one's thought, will and action one determines what one is yet to be." S. Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), Oriental philosopher, President of India from 1962-1967, 'An Idealist View of Life'
"Deity and the cosmos may be likened to a circle or sphere whose circumference is nowhere – hence boundless – but those center is everywhere. And each monad is such a divine, immortal, preexistent center." Editors
"Whether they are Syrian, Greek, Egyptian or Hindu, the writers of the sacred books seem to me as men who had all gazed upon the same august vision and reported of the same divinity." George W. Russell (1867-1935), Irish author, 'The Candle of Vision'
"All are one in our common humanity." H. B. Blavatsky, interview in London, 1887