Peradventure at this instant, there are beings gazing up to this very world as their future heaven.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 175, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).
Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)
Indolence is heaven's ally here,
And energy the child of hell:
The Good Man pouring from his pitcher clear
But brims the poisoned well.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. poet, novelist. Fragments of a Lost Gnostic Poem of the Twelfth Century (l. 5-8). . .
Selected Poems of Herman Melville. Hennig Cohen, ed. (1991) Fordham University Press.)
You may decry some of these scruples and protest that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in my philosophy. I am concerned, rather, that there should not be more things dreamt of in my philosophy than there are in heaven or earth.
(Nelson Goodman (b. 1906), U.S. philosopher, art dealer. Fact, Fiction & Forecast, ch. 2, p. 39 (1955).
Cf., of course, Shakespeare's Hamlet, I, v, 166 "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy," but also J.B.S. Haldane's Possible Worlds, "I suspect that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in any philosophy.")
I suddenly realized that the devout Russian people no longer needed priests to pray them into heaven. On earth they were building a kingdom more bright than any heaven had to offer, and for which it was a glory to die.
(John Reed (1887-1920), U.S. journalist, author. Ten Days That Shook the World, ch. 10 (1926).
On the mass burial of five hundred soldiers and workers in Red Square, November 1917.)
I would say here something that was heard from an ecclesiastic of the most eminent degree; "That the intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how the heaven goes."
(Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Italian scientist. Letter to the Grand Duchess Christine (1615), p. 63, The Philosophy of the 16th and 17th Centuries, ed. R.H. Popkin, The Free Press, New York (1966).
Galileo's defense for his astronomical theories that seemed to conflict with the Bible.)
The chimney is to some extent an independent structure, standing on the ground, and rising through the house to the heavens; even after the house is burned it still stands sometimes, and its importance and independence are apparent.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 267, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)