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Quotations About / On: HEAVEN

  • 1.
    You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman.
    (James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Robert Hand, in Exiles, act 2 (1918).)
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  • 2.
    All places are distant from heaven alike.
    (Robert Burton (1577-1640), British clergyman, author. The Anatomy of Melancholy, pt. 2, sct. 3, memb. 4, subsct. 1 (1621).)
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  • 3.
    Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, December 7, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 4.
    Health is my expected heaven.
    (John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. Letter, March 1, 1820, to his fiancée Fanny Brawne. Letters of John Keats, no. 194, ed. Frederick Page (1954). Keats died of tuberculosis.)
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  • 5.
    Who ever knew the heavens menace so?
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Casca, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 3, l. 44. On the night before the assassination of Caesar.)
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  • 6.
    Here or nowhere is our heaven.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 405, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 7.
    The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens. There is no doubt of that, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for heaven simply means: the impossibility of crows.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 21, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 8.
    The trouble with kingdoms of heaven on earth is that they're liable to come to pass, and then their fraudulence is apparent for all to see. We need a kingdom of heaven in Heaven, if only because it can't be realised.
    (Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "Me and Myself," Jesus Rediscovered (1979).)
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  • 9.
    Heaven is the place where the donkey at last catches up with the carrot.
    (Anonymous.)
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  • 10.
    Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
    (Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 213 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).)
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