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).)
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.)
(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).)
Mr. Jordan, I never seen anything as beautiful as that, not even in heaven.
(Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter, Seton I. Miller (1902-1974), U.S., and Alexander Hall. Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, on his first sight of Bette (1941).
From the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.)