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QUOTES ON HELL


The hurricane of Hell which knows no wane
Attacks the shades and drives them in its might...
It sweeps them here and there, now high, now low,
And never hope consoles them of a day
When they shall rest or feel les poignant woe.
As cranes when flying chant their plaintive lay
And make a line of blackness in the air,
Of wailing shades I saw a great array
Borne onward by the wind, they knew not where.

DANTE ALIGHIERI, The Divine Comedy

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov

Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd
In one self place; but where we are is hell,
And where hell is, there must we ever be.

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, Doctor Faustus

Hell is the home of honor, duty, justice, and the rest of the seven deadly virtues. All the wickedness on earth is done in their name: where else but in hell should they have their reward?

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Man and Superman

Hell is an idea first born on an undigested apple-dumpling; and since then perpetuated through the hereditary dyspepsias nurtured by Ramadans.

HERMAN MELVILLE, Moby Dick

Hell strives with grace for conquest in my breast.
What shall I do to shun the snares of death?

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, Doctor Faustus

If I can not bend Heaven, I shall move Hell.

VIRGIL, The Aeneid

What is hell? Hell is oneself.
Hell is alone, the other figures in it
Merely projections. There is nothing to escape from
And nothing to escape to. One is always alone.

T. S. ELIOT, The Cocktail Party

Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it.
Think'st thou that I saw the face of God
And tasted the eternal joys of heaven,
Am not tormented with ten thousand hells
In being deprived of everlasting bliss?

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, Doctor Faustus

Each of us bears his own Hell.

VIRGIL, The Aeneid

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

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

E'en hell hath its peculiar laws.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Faust, Part I
Let none admire
That riches grow in Hell; that soil may best
Deserve they precious bane.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

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