'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.)
O heavens! how short a time does it take to put an eternal end to a woman's liberty!
(Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 17, journal entry, July 20, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
Burney on the wedding service.)
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.)
That ain't snow, Mike. That's angel hair. We done died and gone to heaven.
(Charles Beaumont (1930-1967), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Bernds. Lt. Turner (Patrick Waltz), Queen of Outer Space, looking at the landscape from their crash site (1958).
From a story by Ben Hecht (1893-1964); real name Charles Nutt.)