27 Quotes That Will Convince You Ghosts Exist

by Chelsey Grasso

Do you believe in ghosts? It's a question that people are extremely passionate about no matter which direction they fall. These 28 quotes about ghosts for Halloween 2017 make it quite clear that even the undead can inspire heated debate. In honor of Halloween and all things spooky, rounded up below are a collection of quotes that talk about ghosts in all their terror, beauty, and authenticity. There are also a few quotes sprinkled in for the skeptics among us, too. Proving ghosts to be real is likely impossible, but that doesn't stop them from being a terrifying topic (or an interesting one, depending on your perspective) — and since it's nearly Halloween, terrifying topics are more than welcome.

Get yourself feeling creeped out for Halloween this year by taking the time to read through these ghost quotes. Some are thoughtful, some are funny, and some will have your hairs standing on end. Can you ask anything more of a ghost quote selection? I don't think so. Go spook yourself out with the help of Stephen King, Elizabeth Bowen, Jessica Alba, Ella Henderson, and Laurie Halse Anderson (amongst a slew of others). If there was ever a month to start researching ghosts, it has got to be October.

1. “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” — Stephen King

2. “The thing I find really scary about ghosts and demons is that you don’t really know what they are or where they are. They’re not very well understood. You don’t know what they want from you. So it’s the kind of thing you don’t even know how to defend yourself against. Anything that’s unknown and mysterious is very scary.” — Oren Peli

3. “Ghosts seem harder to please than we are; it is as though they haunted for haunting’s sake — much as we relive, brood, and smoulder over our pasts.” — Elizabeth Bowen

4. “Why are people afraid of ghosts? ‘Ooh, no, I wouldn’t want to see one! I’d be too scared’ — accompanied by a tremolo of fear in the voice — is the common reaction. This puzzles me. I’d think anyone would welcome the opportunity. I’ve never heard of a ghost hurting anybody.” — Dick Cavett

5. “In Eastern culture, people see ghosts, people talk about ghosts… it’s just accepted. And in Western culture it’s just not.” — Jessica Alba

6. “There are an infinite number of universes existing side by side and through which our consciousnesses constantly pass. In these universes, all possibilities exist. You are alive in some, long dead in others, and never existed in still others. Many of our “ghosts” could indeed be visions of people going about their business in a parallel universe or another time – or both.” — Paul F. Eno

7. “I like to say I believe in ghosts so I don’t get haunted by one.” — Ella Henderson

8. “A person terrified with the imagination of spectres, is more reasonable than one who thinks the appearance of spirits fabulous and groundless.” — Joseph Addison

9. “Whatever its origin, a belief in spirits seems to have been common to all the nations of the ancient world who have left us any record of themselves. Ghosts began to walk early, and are walking still, in spite of the shrill cock-crow of wir haben ja aufgeklärt.” — James Russell Lowell

10. “I believe in ghosts now because of New Orleans. I never did before. I was so skeptical, but now I’ve seen one, which sounds insane, but it’s true.” — Brett Dier

11. “It’s easier to dismiss ghosts in the daylight.” — Patricia Briggs

12. “I fully believe in ghosts. I have, my entire life. The first house I ever lived in was haunted. There was a grave of a man in the backyard. I was just a baby then, but my parents would tell me that every night, at the same time, they would hear someone walking up the stairs.” — Meaghan Rath

13. “A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man woke in the night.” — J.M. Barrie

14. "The Supernatural is the Natural, just not yet understood." — Elbert Hubbard

15. “Well. I don’t suppose you have to believe in ghosts to know that we are all haunted, all of us, by things we can see and feel and guess at, and many more things that we can’t.” — Beth Gutcheon

16. "I figure I basically am a ghost. I think we all are." — John Astin

17. I have now transformed into a sensitive; a person who is able to detect when spirits are present. It’s a skill that’s evolved over hundreds of paranormal investigations and has taught me that the human body is the best means of paranormal detection. I’ve become a fine-tuned instrument of spiritual sensitivity.” — Zak Bagans

18. "Ghost stories really scare me. I have such a big imagination that after I watch a horror movie like The Grudge, I look in the corners of my room for the next two days." — Vanessa Hudgens

19. "I have never yet heard of a murderer who was not afraid of a ghost." — John Philpot Curran

20. "There are a number of methods that we use to help isolate the source of the activity, sometimes it is paranormal, and sometimes it isn't." — Martina Baker

21. “We don’t believe in ghosts, Mrs. Phipps.” “Don’t matter if you believe in them or not. If they’re there, they’re there.” — Joan Lowery Nixon

22. "Remember, they're dead. You're not." — Sara Liskey

23. "Ghost hunting is kind of like fishing, you don't really know if you're going to catch anything or not, and most of the time you're just waiting." — Ron Thorne

24. "No ghost was ever seen by two pair of eyes." — Thomas Carlyle

25. “In one aspect, yes, I believe in ghosts, but we create them. We haunt ourselves.” ― Laurie Halse Anderson

26. “Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that's what.” ―Salman Rushdie

27. “The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.” ― Stephen King

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