Popular Paranormal Quotes
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"What we call life is a journey to death. What we call death is the gateway to life."
–– ANONYMOUS


"I was amazed at the destruction of such a solidly-built piece of furniture. It would have taken two strong men to lift it upside down and a large axe to dismember what happened to it, all in the course of about 30 seconds."
–– THOMAS BARROW (on what he said was destruction caused by a poltergeist)


"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
–– ALBERT EINSTEIN


"Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, 'Did you bring joy?' The second was, 'Did you find joy?'"
–– LEO BUSCAGLIA


"The physical world, including our bodies, is a response of the observer. We create our bodies as we create the experience of our world."

–– DEEPAK CHOPRA


"For me, when you ask (a ghost) a question and get an intelligent response, it just blows my mind."
–– MARTY SEIBEL


"I worked on a case in Pittsburgh that you would call a demonic haunting. Blood would materialize on the walls, crosses were bending, we'd hear sounds. Just crazy things."
–– RYAN BUELL


"I don't believe that ghosts are 'spirits of the dead' because I don't believe in death. In the multiverse, once you're possible, you exist. And once you exist, you exist forever one way or another. Besides, death is the absence of life, and the ghosts I've met are very much alive. What we call ghosts are lifeforms just as you and I are."
–– PAUL F. ENO


"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it."
–– ALBERT EINSTEIN



"Reality is determined not by what scientists or anyone else says or believes, but by what the evidence reveals to us."
–– ALAN HALE


"Poltergeist activity is so inherently improbable that most rational people simply cannot believe it. And when they see it and have to believe it, they find it very hard to convince anybody else that it really happens."
–– GUY LYON PLAYFAIR (author of this house is haunted)


"There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see."
–– LEONARDO DA VINCI


"When we listened to an audio recording made at that time, someone said my name, but it wasn’t me and it wasn’t others on the team. It was somebody out there. They actually said my name, Nick, in kind of raspy, whispered voice."
–– NICK FERRA


"Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism."
–– DAVID SUZUKI


"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science."
–– ALBERT EINSTEIN


"The most important sense to investigate the psychic sense is common sense."
–– WILLIAM ROLL


"The soul of man is immortal and imperishable."
–– PLATO


"Death is not the end, it is simply walking out of the physical form and into the spirit realm, which is our true home. It's going back home."
–– STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER


"There is no mystery greater than that posed by the poltergeist. The noisy ghosts of folklore and legend represent some of the most complex phenomena known to science."
–– LATE PARAPSYCHOLOGIST D. SCOTT ROGO


"If the dead can't rest in peace, how on Earth can the living?"
–– CHERI REVAI


"Intelligent hauntings are (when) they're trying to communicate with you, like tugging on your clothes."
–– GRANT WILSON


"Is there a God? Is there an afterlife?... I think that now, more so than ever, people are much more willing to take the time and question what’s out there."
–– RYAN BUELL


"I think that it is very good for people to talk about their paranormal experiences and share stories about things that they cannot explain."
–– ROSEMARY ELLEN GUILEY



“This is a very interesting exhibit. It will educate people about death and the afterlife, and how Egyptians used the Book of the Dead and other rituals.”
–– ZAHI HAWASS


"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
–– ALBERT EINSTEIN


"I have good hope that there is something remaining for the dead."
–– SOCRATES



"Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living."
–– ARTHUR C. CLARKE


"We are firm believers of the paranormal, but we believe over 80 percent of all claims can be disproved."
–– JASON HAWES


"When I see ghosts they look perfectly real and solid –– like a living human being. They are not misty; I can’t see through them; they don’t wear sheets or bloody mummy bandages. They don’t have their heads tucked under their arms. They just look like ordinary people, in living color, and sometimes it is hard to tell who is a ghost."
–– CHRIS WOODYARD


"Death is nothing more than a doorway, something you walk through."
–– DR. GEORGE RITCHIE


"So most skeptics who criticize us are really just misinformed and kind of ignorant. They’re just assuming something about us. We’re quite critical ourselves, but we’re here to help people."
–– RYAN BUELL


"Death is no more than passing from one room into another."
–– HELEN KELLER


"In the spiritual search doubt is beneficial, a closed mind is not. Doubt used wisely assists enlightenment; a closed mind assists ignorance."
–– IAN GARDNER


"An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself."
–– CHARLES DICKENS


"Can you hang in there with your investigators when things get going tough? Don't give up on investigators because they have a little weakness. Work with them until the Holy Ghost tells you not to."
–– RICHARD G. SCOTT


"The consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor."
–– SIR WALTER SCOTT


"There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."
–– MAX PLANCK


"We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being."
–– DEEPAK CHOPRA


"...Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."
–– STEPHEN KING


"Shakespeare also introduces the supernatural into some of his tragedies; he introduces ghosts, and witches who have supernatural knowledge."
–– ANDREW COYLE BRADLEY


"They say that shadows of deceased ghosts, Do haunt the houses and the graves about, Of such whose life's lamp went untimely out, Delighting still in their forsaken hosts."
–– JOSHUA SYLVESTER


"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
–– H. P. LOVECRAFT


"Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out."
–– CARL SAGAN


"One of the near-death experience truths is that each person integrates their near-death experience into their own pre-existing belief system."
–– JODY LONG


"Death may be the greatest of all human blessings."
–– SOCRATES


"For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible."
–– STUART CHASE


"It is wonderful that five thousand years have now elapsed since the creation of the world, and still it is undecided whether or not there has ever been an instance of the spirit of any person appearing after death. All argument is against it; but all belief is for it."
–– SAMUEL JOHNSON


"Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."
–– ALBERT EINSTEIN


"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity."
–– WILLIAM PENN


"Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness."
–– SHAKTI GAWAIN


"We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being."
–– DEEPAK CHOPRA


“We have no reliable guarantee that the afterlife will be any less exasperating than this one, have we?”
–– NOEL COWARD
 

Paranormal is a general term (coined ca. 1915–1920) that designates experiences that lie outside "the range of normal experience or scientific explanation" or that indicates phenomena that are understood to be outside of science's current ability to explain or measure.


Paranormal phenomena are distinct from certain hypothetical entities, such as dark matter and dark energy, insofar as paranormal phenomena are inconsistent with the world as already understood through empirical observation coupled with scientific methodology.

Thousands of stories relating to paranormal phenomena are found in popular culture, folklore, and the recollections of individual subjects.

In contrast, the scientific community, as referenced in statements made by organizations such as the United States National Science Foundation, maintains that scientific evidence does not support a variety of beliefs that have been characterized as paranormal.



“Paranormal” has been in the English language since at least 1920.

It consists of two parts: para and normal.

In most definitions of the word paranormal, it is described as anything that is beyond or contrary to what is deemed scientifically possible.


The definition implies that the scientific explanation of the world around us is the 'normal' part of the word and 'para' makes up the above, beyond, beside, contrary, or against part of the meaning.

Para has a Greek and Latin origin. Its most common meaning (the Greek usage) is 'similar to' or 'near to', as in paragraph. In Latin, para means 'above,' 'against,' 'counter,' 'outside,' or 'beyond'.

For example, parapluie in French means 'counter-rain' – an umbrella.

It can be construed, then, that the term paranormal is derived from the Latin use of the prefix 'para', meaning 'against, counter, outside or beyond the norm.'



A ghost is a manifestation of the spirit or soul of a person. Alternative theories expand on that idea and include belief in the ghosts of deceased animals.

Sometimes the term "ghost" is used synonymously with any spirit or demon, however in popular usage the term typically refers to a deceased person's spirit.

The belief in ghosts as souls of the departed is closely tied to the concept of animism, an ancient belief which attributed souls to everything in nature.

As the nineteenth-century anthropologist James Frazer explained in his classic work, The Golden Bough, souls were seen as the creature within that animated the body.



Although the human soul was sometimes symbolically or literally depicted in ancient cultures as a bird or other animal, it was widely held that the soul was an exact reproduction of the body in every feature, even down to clothing the person wore.

This is depicted in artwork from various ancient cultures, including such works as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which shows deceased people in the afterlife appearing much as they did before death, including the style of dress.

A place where ghosts are reported is described as haunted, and often seen as being inhabited by spirits of deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property.

Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building's past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide — sometimes in the recent or ancient past. But not all hauntings are at a place of a violent death, or even on violent grounds.

Many cultures and religions believe the essence of a being, such as the 'soul', continues to exist. Some religious views argue that the 'spirits' of those who have died have not 'passed over' and are trapped inside the property where their memories and energy are strong.


A widespread belief concerning ghosts is that they are composed of a misty, airy, or subtle material.

Anthropologists speculate that this may also stem from early beliefs that ghosts were the person within the person, most noticeable in ancient cultures as a person's breath, which upon exhaling in colder climates appears visibly as a white mist.

This belief may have also fostered the metaphorical meaning of "breath" in certain languages, such as the Latin spiritus and the Greek pneuma, which by analogy became extended to mean the soul.

In the Bible, God is depicted as animating Adam with a breath. Numerous theories have been proposed by scientists to provide normal explanations for ghost sightings.

Although the evidence for ghosts is largely anecdotal, the belief in ghosts throughout history has remained widespread and persistent.