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Quotes about the Afterlife

The belief shared by many people that there is an afterlife has been around for thousands of years. Yet, it has only been since the 1970s beginning with Dr. Raymond A. Moody’s book Life After Life that there has been a lot more attention drawn towards life after death experiences from the scientific community.

Here are some of the most famous life after death quotes. These are quotes collected from around the Web and from books about life after death stories. There are also quotes about the afterlife that come from many different people during many different time periods.  They are from scientists, writers, poets, philosophers, spiritual leaders, business leaders, inspirational people, the Bible and everyday people.

If you have a favorite quote about the afterlife that is not mentioned here, please feel free to share it in the comment section below.

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“Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.” — David Searls


“Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow.” — Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


“There should be no fear of death, for the death of the body is but a gentle passing to a much freer life.”–Helen Breaves


“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” — John Taylor


“Just as a little bird cracks open the shell and flies out, we fly out of this shell, the shell of the body. We call that death, but strictly speaking, death is nothing but a change in form.”–Swami Satchidananda


“Life is eternal and love is immortal; And death is only a horizon, And a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” — Rossiter W. Raymond


“Of Course you don’t die. Nobody dies. Death Doesn’t exist. You only reach a new level of vision, a new realm of consciousness, a new unknown world.” — Henry Miller


“I firmly believe that when you die you will enter immediately into another life. They who have gone before us are alive in one form of life and we in another.”–Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: / Its loveliness increases; it will never / Pass into nothingness; but still will keep / A bower quiet for us, and a sleep / Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.” — John Keats


“A rose will still be a rose in heaven, but it’ll smell ten times sweeter.”–Meg Woodson


“Death is nothing at all. / I have only slipped away to the next room. / I am I and you are you. / Whatever we were to each other, / That, we still are.” — Henry Scott Holland


“I know I will love death. / Why? / Because death too / Is God’s creation / And because death reminds me / Of the existence of her sister: / Infinity’s Life immortal.” — Sri Chinmoy


“And with the morn those angel faces smile, which I have loved long since and lost awhile.” — John Henry Newman


“The soul never dies and the body is never really alive.” — Isaac Bashevis Singer


“Live so that thou mayest desire to live again – that is thy duty – for in any case thou wilt live again!” — Freidrich Nietzsche


“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.” — Voltaire


“Love here on earth / Love beyond the grave / There are no roads / My love for you can’t pave.” — T. Sachs


“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” — Seneca


“As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.” — Charles Darwin


“The yearning for an afterlife is the opposite of selfish: it is love and praise for the world that we are privileged, in this complex interval of light, to witness and experience.” — John Updike


“I experienced the reality of the spiritual body and learned that it has every faculty of the physical body, though with greater sensitivity and some dimensions added…There will be nothing chocking the transition, only a continuation of who I am now.”–Catherine Marshall


“Death is one of two things. Either it is annihilation, and the dead have no consciousness of anything; or, as we are told, it is really a change: a migration of the soul from one place to another.” — Socrates


“Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones shines down to let us know they are happy.” — Eskimo Legend


“After considering the strength of the evidence, I am absolutely convinced that an afterlife exists.” — Jeffrey Long, M.D.


“You live on earth for only a few short years which you call an incarnation, and then you leave your body as an outworn dress and go for refreshment to your true home in the spirit.”–White Eagle


“I have seen death too often to believe in death, / It is not an ending, but a withdrawal. / As one who finishes a long journey. / Stills the motor. Turns off the lights / Steps from the car / And walks up the path / To the home that awaits him.” — Unknown


“Death be not proud, though some have called thee / Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe, / For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow, / Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thous kill mee.” — John Donne


“To fear death is nothing other than to think oneself wise when one is not. For it is to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may net even turn out to be one of the greatest blessings of human beings. And yet people fear it as if they knew for certain it is the greatest evil.” — Socrates


“I am confident that here truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence.” — Socrates


“I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car and into another.” — John Lennon


“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” — Henry David Threau


“O death! We thank you for the light that you will shed upon our ignorance.” — Jacques-Benigne Bossuet


“Everything science has taught me – and continues to teach me – strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death. Nothing disappears without a trace.” — Wernher von Braun


“Death is the most beautiful adventure in life.” — Charles Frohman


“Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” — Mother Teresa


“The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us, are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others – existences which the spirit alone remembers, for Matter has no memory for spiritual things.” — Honore Balzac


“Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.” — The Bible: 2 Corinthians 5:18


“It is very beautiful over there!” — Thomas Edison (These words were reported as being spoken by Edison’s by his physician days before he died as he awoke from a nap and gazed upward.)


“Death… is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.” — Helen Keller


“Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” — Steve Jobs (Jobs’ biological sister Mona Simpson reported these being Jobs last words before he died.)


“For in the sleep of death, what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause.” — William Shakespeare


“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.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The grave is but a covered bridge Leading from light to light, through a brief darkness!” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.” — Walt Whitman


“The grave was never intended for the spirit–only for the body.” — Betty J. Eadie


“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.” — William Wordsworth


“Death–the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.” — Walter Scott


“I believe that when death closes our eyes we shall awaken to a light, of which our sunlight is but the shadow.” — Arthur Schopenhauer


“All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.” — William Shakespeare


“I look upon death to be a necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.” — Benjamin Franklin


“I believe there are two sides to the phenomenon known as death, this side where we live, and the other side where we shall continue to live. Eternity does not start with death. We are in eternity now.” — Norman Vincent Peale


“It is worth dying to find out what life is.” — T.S. Eliot


“Life is a dream walking. Death is going home.” — Chinese Proverb


“We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne


“Death is nothing more than a doorway, something you walk through.” — Dr. George Ritchie


“Do not stand at my grave and cry; / I am not there. I do not die.” — Mary Elizabeth Frye


“For all we know, the veil that separates life and death is lifted in the last moments of life, and those who are dying may be more in touch with that world than with ours.” — David Kessler


“For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” — William Penn


“It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is also a spiritual body.” — The Bible: 1 Corinthians 15:44


“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” –Dr. Wayne W. Dyer


“Yes I believe. I believe we are spiritual beings on a human journey not human beings on a spiritual journey.” — Rose Beninger





One Comment

  • Bill McKeen

    When a person turns a NDE into a book they end up deluding the overall experience. With so many pages to fill how could it be otherwise.

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