"You may, as the free shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer. It will be in your power to descend to the lower, brutish forms of life; you will be able, through your own decision, to rise again to the superior orders whose life is divine." Pico della Mirandola, 'Oration on the Dignity of Man'
"Divine spirit, says the ancient wisdom of the East, permeates all matter."
"For our ancestors, going to the grave was to return to Mother Earth with her boundless capacity for rebirth."
"The pilot light, fueled by the need for rebirth, burns in the human soul."
"The shaman's vision, to quote from Joseph Campbell's 'The Masks of God', reveals 'that sense of an immortal inhabitant within the individual which is announced in every mystical tradition.'"
"Virtually all the tribal groups in North and South America, Indonesia, Australia, Asia and Africa lived with the conviction of immortality."
"Human existence is much vaster, much grander and invested with far greater meaning than one could possibly have imagined."
"Are not all things which have opposites generated out of their opposites?" Socrates
"From the tiniest micro to the macro most huge, cycles that hinge on rebirth and regeneration are proceeding at every conceivable level of life."
"There is inhalation, there is exhalation; there is death, there is rebirth. Such is the drama of continuity that sustains the all-pervading process in which we are enveloped."
"Bruno declared that the planet Earth has a soul and maintained that every part of the globe – mineral as well as plant, animal and human – is animated by the same elemental soul matter."
"Death and renewal are one. Mind and matter are one. We are the same everlasting energy that assumes a multitude of forms in order to interact with itself unto infinity."
"Humanity will pursue and bring about its own rebirth by uniting in caring, understanding, and tolerance of individual differences."
"Whatever a person thinks and does acts upon the equilibrium of the universe."
"The tomb is not a blind alley; it is a thoroughfare. It closes on the twilight. It opens on the dawn." Victor Hugo