Quotations About / On: HEAVEN

  • 31.
    Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.
    (Henri-Frédéric Amiel (20th century), Swiss poet, philosopher.)
  • 32.
    Heaven is the place where the donkey at last catches up with the carrot.
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  • 33.
    All places are distant from heaven alike.
    (Robert Burton (1577-1640), British clergyman, author. The Anatomy of Melancholy, pt. 2, sct. 3, memb. 4, subsct. 1 (1621).)
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 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.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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).)
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