Quotations About / On: HEAVEN

  • 11.
    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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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    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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  • 15.
    I thank heaven for a man like Adolf Hitler, who built a front line of defense against the anti-Christ of Communism.
    (Frank Buchman (1878-1961), U.S. evangelist. New York World-Telegram (August 25, 1936).)
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  • 16.
    Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.
    (Henri-Frédéric Amiel (20th century), Swiss poet, philosopher.)
  • 17.
    Heaven is the place where the donkey at last catches up with the carrot.
    (Anonymous.)
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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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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