Quotations About / On: HEAVEN

  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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.)
  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    My idea of heaven is eating paté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets.
    (Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in The Smith of Smiths, ch. 10, Hesketh Pearson (1934).)
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  • 25.
    Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb.
    (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).)
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  • 26.
    A single thankful thought towards heaven is the most perfect of all prayers.
    (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1881), German dramatist, critic. Fräulein, in Minna von Barnhelm, act 2, sc. 7 (1767).)
  • 27.
    I think I'll be homesick for you, even in heaven.
    (Victor Heerman (1893-1977), British screenwriter, and Sarah Y. Mason (b. 1896), U.S. screenwriter. Beth (Katharine Hepburn), Little Women, to Jo (Katharine Hepburn), shortly before dying (1933).)
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  • 28.
    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.)
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  • 29.
    Health is my expected heaven.
    (John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. Letter, March 1, 1820, to his fiancée Fanny Brawne. Letters of John Keats, no. 194, ed. Frederick Page (1954). Keats died of tuberculosis.)
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  • 30.
    The heavens are as deep as our aspirations are high.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, May 2, 1848, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 166, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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