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1 "'We are all made of the same stuff eternity is made of', as Shakespeare so aptly phrased it." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

2 "The distinction between eternity and time is only apparent – made, perforce, by the rational mind, but dissolved in the perfect knowledge of the mind that has transcended the pairs of opposites." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

3 "Time and eternity are two aspects of the same experience-whole, two planes of the same nondual ineffable; i.e., the jewel of eternity is in the lotus of birth and death: om mani padme hum." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

4 "If prophets down the millenniums spake with truth, man is essentially a soul, incorporeal and omnipresent." Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

5 "We have been secretly fed from beyond space and time. That's why we look for something more than this." Rumi, 'The Soul of Rumi' Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

6 "An image of the infinite and eternal appears in the variety of all things." Emanuel Swedenborg A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

7 "This eternal NOW and the realization of one's center are coeval, simultaneous events." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

8 "All death is but a phoenix fire-death, and new-birth into the Greater and the Better!" Thomas Carlyle, 'Heroes and Hero Worship' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

9 "I'm inclined to believe that something of the human soul remains after death, since already in this conscious life we have evidence that the psyche exists in a relative space and in a relative time, that is in a relatively non-extended and eternal state." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

10 “We are children of God, and the life of each soul is continuous and eternal.” Lives of the Masters: The Rest of the Jesus Story (Glen Sanderfur)

11 "For those who have found the still point of eternity, around which all, including themselves – revolves, everything is acceptable as it is; indeed, can even be experienced as glorious and wonderful." Joseph Campbell, 'Oriental Mythology' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

12 "The inward person is not at all in time or place but is purely and simply in eternity. It is there that God arises…[and] is heard, there God is; there God, and God alone, speaks." Meister Eckhart The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

13 "I have said often that there is a part of the soul that is untouched by time or mortality: it proceeds out of the Spirit and remains eternally in the Spirit and is divine. In this part..of the soul God Himself unfolds perpetually, in all the bliss and glory that are His. Here is felicity so ravishing, so inconceivably intense, that no one can describe it….Here God glows and flames without ceasing, in all His abundance and sweetness and rapture." Meister Eckhart Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

14 "A natural desire cannot be in vain. Therefore every intellectual substance is incorruptible." Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Anton C. Pegis, editor)

15 "As someone who has lived with many traditional cultures around the world, I have found that every one of these cultures supports the belief that life is continuous – that there is part of the self that simply does not die when it's the body's time to go." Jean Houston, Ph.D., 'We Are Citizens of a Multidimensional Universe' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

16 "Aristotle explicitly assures us that man, insofar as he is a natural being and belongs to the species of mankind, possesses immortality; through the recurrent cycle of life, nature assures the same kind of being-forever to things that are born and die as to things that are and do not change." Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), 'Between Past and Future', ch. 2 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

17 "All who know themselves know that they are of one immortal substance." Antony of Egypt (ca. 251-356 ad), Egyptian monk The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

18 "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' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

19 "That true Self of man is an eternal, immortal, spiritual being." Reincarnation: Fact or Fallacy? (Geoffrey Hodson)

20 "Science, rather than putting to rest the ancient religion (animism), has given proponents new ways of conceptualizing their beliefs. If energy cannot be destroyed, they claim, but only changed to a different form, why is it not possible to conceive of the notion that life energy, upon the death of the body, takes on a new shape?" The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

21 “God’s eternal love dwells in the soul.” Mechthild of Magdeburg Meditations from Mechthild of Magdeburg (Henry L. Carrigan, Jr., editor)

22 "The life of the psyche requires no space and no time." Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Carl Jung (edited by Aniela Jaffe))

23 "The Past time is the Present time, as also the Future, which, though it has not come into existence, still is." 'Book of the 10,000 Precepts' The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

24 "This Divine Love that exists between God and the soul is eternal and cannot be destroyed." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

25 "In some of its Sufi manifestations, esoteric Islam comes very close to identifying the eternal in humans with the eternal essence, with the further understanding that death and resurrection come in the moment-by-moment realization of that identity." Jane I. Smith, 'The Afterlife' Death, Afterlife, and the Soul (Mircea Eliade, editor-in-chief)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite