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





One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Hell is out of fashion -- institutional hells at any rate. The populated infernos of Twentieth Century are more private affairs, the gaps between the bars are the sutures of one's own skull. A valid hell is one from which there is a possibility of redemption, even if this is never achieved, the dungeons of an architecture of grace whose spires point to some kind of heaven. The institutional hells of the present century are reached with one-way tickets, marked Nagasaki and Buchenwald, worlds of terminal horror even more final than the grave.


J. G. Ballard (1930-, British author)


Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that hell is hell, and the secret function of purgatory is to make of heaven an effective reality.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


And what have you laymen made of hell? A kind of penal servitude for eternity, on the lines of your convict prisons on earth, to which you condemn in advance all the wretched felons your police have hunted from the beginning -- "enemies of society," as you call them. You're kind enough to include the blasphemers and the profane. What proud or reasonable man could stomach such a notion of God's justice? And when you find that notion inconvenient it's easy enough for you to put it on one side. Hell is not to love any more, Madame. Not to love any more!


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


Hell is paved with great granite blocks hewn from the hearts of those who said, "I can do no other."


Heywood Broun (1888-1939, American journalist, novelist)


I cannot help thinking that the menace of Hell makes as many devils as the severe penal codes of inhuman humanity make villains.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


To appreciate heaven well, it's good for a person to have some fifteen minutes of hell.


Will Carleton


The hell of these days is the fear of not getting along, especially of not making money.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Abandon all hope, you who enter here!


Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)


There sighs, lamentations and loud wailings resounded through the starless air, so that at first it made me weep; strange tongues, horrible language, words of pain, tones of anger, voices loud and hoarse, and with these the sound of hands, made a tumult which is whirling through that air forever dark, and sand eddies in a whirlwind.


Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)


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 (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


Hell is a half-filled auditorium.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Hell is a half-filled auditorium.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Hell hath no fury like a liberal scorned.


Dick Gregory (1932-, American comedian)


When I pastored a country church, a farmer didn't like the sermons I preached on hell. He said, "Preach about the meek and lowly Jesus." I said, "That's where I got my information about hell."


Vance Havner


Hell is paved with good Samaritans.


William M. Holden


Hell is where everyone is doing his own thing. Paradise is where everyone is doing God's thing.


Thomas Howard


There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.


Ben Johnson (1572-1637, British clergyman, poet, painter)


The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


The safest road to hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.


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


Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd one self place; for where we are is Hell, and where Hell is, there must we ever be.


Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593, British dramatist, poet)


If I'm going to Hell, I'm going there playing the piano.


Jerry Lee Lewis (1935-, American rock singer, country singer, and pianist)


It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.


Karl Popper (1902-1994, Australian philosopher)


I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there.


Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891, French poet)


For mortal men there is but one hell, and that is the folly and wickedness and spite of his fellows; but once his life is over, there's an end to it: his annihilation is final and entire, of him nothing survives.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


Hell is other people.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.


William A. Sunday (1862-1935, American evangelist)


If there is no Hell a good many preachers are obtaining money under false pretenses.


William A. Sunday (1862-1935, American evangelist)


The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.


A. W. Tozer (1897-1963, American preacher)


The trouble with you Chicago people is that you think you are the best people down here, whereas you are merely the most numerous.


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


It does not require a decision to go to hell.


Author Unknown


O Lord, wandering with thee, even hell itself would be to me a heaven of bliss.


Author Unknown


One of the horrors of hell is the undying memory of a misspent life.


Author Unknown


The gates of Hell are open night and day; smooth the descent, and easy is the way: but, to return, and view the cheerful skies; in this, the task and mighty labor lies.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons.


John Webster (1580-1625, British dramatist)


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