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QUOTES ON HEAVEN


Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
Whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.
And recks not his own rede.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

Thinkest thou heaven is such a glorious thing?
I tell thee, 'tis not half so fair as thou,
Or any man that breathes on earth.

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, Doctor Faustus

In heaven an angel is nobody in particular.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

Better to reign in hell, than serve in heav'n.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Men get tired of everything, of heaven no less than of hell; and all history is nothing but a record of the oscillations of the world between these two extremes ... there is nothing new under the sun. Vanitas vanitatum.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Man and Superman

Heaven, the seat of bliss,
Brooks not the works of violence and war.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

If perfection is stagnation, then heaven is a swamp.

RICHARD BACH, Illusions

Maybe heaven is whatever you want it to be.

JANE HAMILTON, A Map of the World

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