An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Heaven for climate, Hell for company.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Men are admitted into Heaven not because they have curbed and governed their passions or have no passions, but because they have cultivated their understandings. The treasures of Heaven are not negations of passion, but realities of intellect, from which all the passions emanate uncurbed in their eternal glory. The fool shall not enter into Heaven let him be ever so holy.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Men long for an afterlife in which there apparently is nothing to do but delight in heaven's wonders.


Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941, American judge)


But somewhere, beyond Space and Time, is wetter water, slimier slime! And there (they trust) there swimmeth one who swam ere rivers were begun, immense of fishy form and mind, squamous omnipotent, and kind.


Rupert Brooke (1887-1915, British poet)


We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


It is not the fact that a person has riches that keeps them from heaven, but the fact that riches have them.


Dr. Caird


To be with God.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


I hope with all my heart there will be painting in heaven.


Jean-Baptiste Corot (1796-1875, French landscape painter)


Heaven is so far of the mind that were the mind dissolved -- the site of it by architect could not again be proved.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


Well, I don't know, but I've been told the streets in heaven are lined with gold. I ask you how things could get much worse if the Russians happen to get up there first; Wowee! pretty scary!


Bob Dylan (1941-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


Many might go to Heaven with half the labor they go to hell.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Heaven gives its glimpses only to those not in position to look too close.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Those are dead even for this life who hope for no other.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


If people would forget about utopia! When rationalism destroyed heaven and decided to set it up here on earth, that most terrible of all goals entered human ambition. It was clear there'd be no end to what people would be made to suffer for it.


Nadine Gordimer (1923-, South African author)


The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928, British novelist, poet)


Nothing is further than earth from heaven, and nothing is nearer than heaven to earth.


David Hare (1947-, British playwright, director)


Christ's grave was the birthplace of an indestructible belief that death is vanquished and there is life eternal.


Adolph Harnack


To me, heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town; one where I would have my wife and children and be monogamous and love them truly and well and the other where I would have my nine beautiful mistresses on nine different floors.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


As the fly bangs against the window attempting freedom while the door stands open, so we bang against death ignoring heaven.


Doug Horton


If the destination is heaven, why do we scramble to be first in line for hell?


Doug Horton


The key to heaven's gate cannot be duplicated.


Doug Horton


You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman.


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


The heavens and the earth and all that is between them, do you think they were created in jest?


The Koran (c. 500 AD, Islamic Religious Bible)


The ink of the scholar and the blood of a martyr are of equal value in heaven.


The Koran (c. 500 AD, Islamic Religious Bible)


If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.


William Law (American merchant)


Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Everybody wants to go heaven, but nobody wants to die.


Joe Louis (1914-1981, American boxer)


No man can resolve himself into Heaven.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


We talk about heaven being so far away. It is within speaking distance to those who belong there. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


I had a million questions to ask God, but when I met Him, they all fled my mind -- and it didn't seem to matter.


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


All things come from above.




The trouble with kingdoms of heaven on earth is that they're liable to come to pass, and then their fraudulence is apparent for all to see. We need a kingdom of heaven in Heaven, if only because it can't be realized.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


The "kingdom of Heaven" is a condition of the heart -- not something that comes "upon the earth" or "after death."


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


As for evildoers, for them awaits a painful chastisement; but for those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, they shall be admitted to gardens underneath which rivers flow, therein dwelling forever, by the leave of their Lord, their greeting therein: "Peace!"


Qur'an (Holy book)


We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Heaven finds an ear when sinners find a tongue.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British poet)


On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


I would rather go to heaven alone than go to hell in company.


R. A. Torrey


What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew]


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


It is easier for a camel to pass through they eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven, and all else shall be added unto you.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


The heavens declare the glory of God, and the earth shows his handiwork.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Look for me in the nurseries of Heaven.


Francis Thompson (1859-1907, British poet)


Celestial navigation is based on the premise that the Earth is the center of the universe. The premise is wrong, but the navigation works. An incorrect model can be a useful tool.


Kelvin Throop III


Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


To get to heaven, turn right and keep straight.


Author Unknown


When we die and go to Heaven, our Maker is not going to say, "Why didn't you discover the cure for such and such?" The only thing we're going to be asked at that precious moment is "Why didn't you become you? "


Author Unknown


The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.


Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966, British novelist)


The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


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