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Quotations About / On: HEAVEN

  • 11.
    Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.
    (Henri-Frédéric Amiel (20th century), Swiss poet, philosopher.)
  • 12.
    Heaven is the place where the donkey at last catches up with the carrot.
    (Anonymous.)
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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    The idealist is incorrigible: if he is expelled from his heaven, he makes an ideal out of hell.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 388, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 23 (1879).)
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  • 15.
    If I could not go to heaven but with a [political] party, I would not go there at all.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, March 13, 1789, to Francis Hopkinson. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 14, p. 650, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).)
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  • 16.
    Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.
    (Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. repr. in Red Emma Speaks, pt. 2, ed. Alix Kates Shulman (1972). "The Failure of Christianity," Mother Earth (New York, April 1913). Referring to first beatitude, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (New Testament, Matthew 5:3).)
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  • 17.
    Of all the inventions of man I doubt whether any was more easily accomplished than that of a Heaven.
    (G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook L," aph. 34, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
  • 18.
    With his ardent arms, man had pulled heaven to earth.
    (Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Autumn of the Middle Ages, ch. 2 (1921, trans. 1995). Speaking of the materialism of medieval times.)
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  • 19.
    ... it is easier for a camel to pass through the needle's eye than for anything really chic to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
    (Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 1 (1920).)
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  • 20.
    If I cannot prevail upon heaven, I shall move hell.
    (Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Juno, in Aeneid, bk. 7, l. 312 (19 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995). Spoken by Juno on realizing that she will be unable to prevent Aeneas from gaining Latium.)
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