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Pre-Existence

Lafcadio Hearn      Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life

. . . Pre-existence . . . of the Far East . . . colors every emotion . . . influences every act . . . household sayings, their proverbs, their pious or profane exclamations, their confessions of sorrow, hope, joy or despair . . .


Solomon              Proverbs 8:22-31

The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was . . .


Origen         Contra Celsum

When God sent Jesus to the human race, it was not as though He had just awakened from a long sleep. Jesus has at all times been doing good to the human race.


Jesus of Nazareth      John 17:5

Glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thou before the world was.


St. Paul      Galatians 4:19

My little children, of when I travail in birth again [and again] until Christ be formed in you . . .


Franz Hartman, MD        The Life of Paracelsus

. . . Witches and sorcerers are not made at once; they are born with powers for evil.  They are born with the tendencies which they acquired in former lives upon the earth or upon some other planet.


Sir Thomas Browne        Religio Medici

There is a piece of Divinity in us,  something that was before the Elements,  and  owes no homage unto the sun . . .


Henry More        The Immortality of the Soul

. . . Wherefore the pre-existence of souls is a necessary result of the wisdom and goodness of God . . .


Voltaire        Philosophical Dictionary

. . . Souls were either created from all eternity, with the result that they are infinitely older than Adam's sin and have no connection with it, or they are formed at the time of conception, with the result that God must exercise eternal vigilance and create in each instance a new spirit that He will render eternally miserable.


William Wordsworth        Ode to Immortality
 
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 afar . . .

Honore de Balzac        Seraphita

All humans go through a previous life in the sphere of Instinct, where they are brought to see the worthlessness of earthly treasures, to amass which they gave themselves such untold pains? . . .


R. W. Emerson        Katha Upanishad

The soul is not born; it does not die; it was not produced from anyone.  Nor was any produced from it.


Frederic H. Hedge        Ways of the Spirit and Other Essays

. . . . The eternal destination which faith ascribes to the soul presupposes an eternal origin.


William James        Human Immortality

. . . every memory and affection of his [the reader's] present life is to be preserved, and . . . he shall never in saecula saeculorum cease to be able to say to himself: "I am the same personal being who in old times upon the earth had those experiences."


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