Apart from the evidences unearthed by painstaking efforts of scientific investigators, there have been many well-known people who have asserted that they remember their previous life or lives. While their statements cannot constitute evidence or proof in the scientific sense, but nevertheless they have a value in that they constitute a body of more trusted testimonies regarding past life memories.
Flaubert, Gustave (French novelist, author of Madame Bovary)
It seems to me… that I have always lived! I possess memories that go back to the Pharoahs. I see myself very clearly at different ages of history, practicing different professions… My present personality is the result of my lost [past] personalities.
Patton, George S. (American general)
So as through a glass and darkly, the age long strife I see, Where I fought in many guises, many names, but always me.
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (English poet)
I have been here before, but when or how I cannot tell:
I know the grass beyond the door,
The sweet keen smell, the sighing sound, the lights around the shore.
You have been mine before – How long ago I may not know:
But just when at that swallow’s soar, your neck turned so,
Some veil did fall, – I knew it all of yore.
Thoreau, Henry David (American writer)
As far back as I can remember I have unconsciously referred to the experiences of a previous state of existence. (Journal, July 16, 1851)
And Hawthorne, too, I remember as one with whom I sauntered in old heroic times along the banks of the Scamander amid the ruins of chariots and heroes. (Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson, July 8, 1843)
I lived in Judea eighteen hundred years ago, but I never knew that there was such a one as Christ among my contemporaries. (Letter to Harrison Blake, April 3, 1850)
As the stars looked to me when I was a shepherd in Assyria, they look to me now as a New-Englander. (Letter to Harrison Blake, Feb. 27, 1853)