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Quotes About Paradise

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Rick Riordan
“You deal with mythological stuff for a few years, you learn that paradises are usually places where you get killed.”
Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Dante Alighieri
“The path to paradise begins in hell.”
Dante Alighieri

Victor Hugo
“An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.”
Victor Hugo, Ninety-Three

Marcel Proust
“The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.”
Marcel Proust

Thomas Jefferson
“We took the liberty to make some enquiries concerning the ground of their pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation.

The Ambassador [of Tripoli] answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.

{Letter from the commissioners, John Adams & Thomas Jefferson, to John Jay, 28 March 1786}”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Blaise Pascal
“I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.”
Blaise Pascal

Erin Morgenstern
“I mean only that I hope they find darkness or paradise without fear of it, if they can.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Kevin Hearne
“That's right, there's free beer in Irish paradise. Everyone's jealous.”
Kevin Hearne, Hammered

Thomas Fuller
“A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell.”
Thomas Fuller

Francesca Lia Block
“Everything was chocolate ice cream and kisses and wind.”
Francesca Lia Block, The Hanged Man

Henry David Thoreau
“It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.”
Henry David Thoreau

John Newton
“I am still in the land of the dying; I shall be in the land of the living soon. (his last words)”
John Newton

J. Maarten Troost
“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.”
J. Maarten Troost, Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

Oscar Wilde
“Why can't these American women stay in their own country? They are always telling us that it is the paradise for women.

It is. That is the reason why, like Eve, they are so excessively anxious to get out of it.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

(John 11:25-26)”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

Edward Abbey
“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyong reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.”
Edward Abbey

Paulo Coelho
“God hides the fires of hell within paradise.”
Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Toba Beta
“By having good memories on every place you just visit,
you are building paradise in your own heart and your life.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Henry Miller
“Certainly paradise, whatever, wherever it be, contains flaws. (Paradisical flaws, if you like.) If it did not, it would be incapable of drawing the hearts of men or angels.”
Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

Omar Khayyam
“A book of verses underneath the bough
A flask of wine, a loaf of bread and thou
Beside me singing in the wilderness
And wilderness is paradise now.”
Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald's The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Henry Ward Beecher
“Now comes the mystery! (last words)”
Henry Ward Beecher

Milan Kundera
“Totalitarianism is not only hell, but all the dream of paradise-- the age-old dream of a world where everybody would live in harmony, united by a single common will and faith, without secrets from one another. Andre Breton, too, dreamed of this paradise when he talked about the glass house in which he longed to live. If totalitarianism did not exploit these archetypes, which are deep inside us all and rooted deep in all religions, it could never attract so many people, especially during the early phases of its existence. Once the dream of paradise starts to turn into reality, however, here and there people begin to crop up who stand in its way. and so the rulers of paradise must build a little gulag on the side of Eden. In the course of time this gulag grows ever bigger and more perfect, while the adjoining paradise gets even smaller and poorer.”
Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

“A'isha asked him: 'Does one come to Paradise only by the mercy of Allah?' He repeated three times over: 'No one comes to Paradise except by the mercy of Allah!' 'Not even you. Messenger of Allah?' she asked. 'Not even I, unless Allah enfolds me in His mercy.”
Anonymous

Omar Khayyam
“Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.”
Omar Khayyam

John Milton
“The mind is a universe and can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
John Milton

Jorge Luis Borges
“Paradise will be a kind of library”
Jorge Luis Borges

Alda Merini
“I don't like Paradise,
As they probably don't have obsessions there.”
Alda Merini

Margherita Hack
“Us atheist people, we believe we have to act properly and honestly for a moral principle and not because we expect an award in Paradise.”
Margherita Hack

Eric Weiner
“Until the eighteenth century, people believed that biblical paradise, the Garden of Eden, was a real place. It appeared on maps--located, ironically, at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in what is now modern-day Iraq.”
Eric Weiner, The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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