I begin to see that a man's got to be in his own heaven to be happy.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. 1907. Eli Stormfield, in "Extracts from Capt. Stormfield's Visit to Heaven," p. 835, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1891-1910, Library of America (1992).)
'Twas not by ideas,by heaven! his life was put in jeopardy by words.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 2, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).
Said about uncle Toby's efforts to master the jargon of fortifications.)
I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell.
(Edward Munch (1863-1944), Norwegian artist. "Saint Cloud Declaration" (1889-1890), quoted in Aaron Scharf, Art and Photography, ch. 11 (1968).
All the same, in 1902, Munch bought a Kodak camera, and experimented with photography.)
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.)