Quotations About / On: HEAVEN

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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).)
  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    ... 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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  • 36.
    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.)
  • 37.
    Possibly there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your psychiatry, Mr. Garth.
    (Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter, and Lambert Hillyer. Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden), Dracula's Daughter, telling Garth that she believes Von Helsing's story of vampires (1936). Unbeknownst to Garth, the Countess is a vampire. Story suggested by Oliver Jeffries. Based on a story by Bram Stoker.)
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  • 38.
    It is the gift of heaven and not of reason.
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Polyeucte, in Polyeucte, act 5, sc. 2 (1641). Polyeucte speaks of divine grace.)
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  • 39.
    The "kingdom of heaven" is a condition of the heart—not something that comes "above the earth" or "after death."
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 207, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Antichrist, section 34 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1895).)
  • 40.
    The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.
    (Martin Luther (1483-1546), German leader of the Protestant Reformation. Preface to his translation of the Psalms (1534).)
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