Quotations About / On:
Delight,top-gallant delight is to him, who acknowledges no law or lord, but the Lord his God, and is only a patriot to heaven.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 9, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).
Spoken by Father Mapple.)
Sir, a man who cannot get to heaven in a green coat, will not find his way thither the sooner in a grey one.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. In Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 1, p. 222, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (1891). Quoted in Hester Piozzi, Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786).)
For, rightly, every man is a channel through which heaven floweth, and, whilst I fancied I was criticising him, I was censuring or rather terminating my own soul.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Nominalist and Realist," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
Bear up, my child, bear up; Zeus who oversees and directs all things is still mighty in heaven.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Electra, l. 173.)
Man lording it over man, man kneeling to man, is a spectacle that Gabriel might well travel hitherward to behold; for never did he behold it in heaven.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 60, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).)
That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds.
(John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, critic. Too Far To Go, foreword (1979).)
The man who does not betake himself at once and desperately to sawing is called a loafer, though he may be knocking at the doors of heaven all the while.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Journals, entry for Dec. 28, 1852 (1906).)
I find it more credible, since it is anterior information, that one man should know heaven, as the Chinese say, than that so many men should know the world.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Character," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
He had a whole heaven and horizon to himself, and the sun seemed to be journeying over his clearing only the livelong day.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Ktaadn" (1848) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, pp. 23-24, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Oxford from Without," All Things Considered (1908).)