"On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it."
"Everyone who has ever built anywhere a 'new heaven' first found the power thereto in his own hell."
"As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven,
it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape."
John Lancaster Spalding
“I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.”
"Fanatics have their dreams, wherewith they weave
A paradise for a sect."
John Keats (The Fall of Hyperion)
"We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise."
"I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there."
Charles de Secondat
"Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell."
"It is a curious thing that every creed promises a paradise
which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste."
"It is not good to be alone, even in Paradise."
"There is nothing more miserable in the world than to arrive
in paradise and look like your passport photo."
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
Jorge Luis Borges
"A person who has not completely lost the memory of paradise, even though it is a faint one,
will suffer endlessly. He will feel the call of the essential world, will hear the voice that comes
from so far away that one cannot find out where it comes from, a voice that cannot guide him."
Eugene Ionesco (Present Past/Past Present)
"The joys of heaven are for most of us, in our present condition, an acquired taste"
"The key to heaven's gate cannot be duplicated."
"We were created in order to live in Paradise, and Paradise was ordained to serve us.
What was ordained for us has been changed; it is not said
that this has also happened with what was ordained for Paradise."
“'Where the tree of knowledge stands, there is always paradise': thus speak the oldest and the youngest serpents."
"Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is
Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?"
"Scientific truth is marvelous, but moral truth is divine and whoever
breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise."
"In Heaven, all the interesting people are missing."
"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."
"Thou hast the keys of PARADISE, oh just, subtle, and mighty opium!"
Thomas De Quincey
"The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created."
"A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell!"
“Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?”
"Only a fool would refuse to enter a fool’s paradise — when
that’s the only paradise he’ll ever have a chance to enter."
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"
The End Of Suffering
Quotations on Utopia
Quotations about Love
The Quest For Paradise
A Brief History of Paradise
Quotations about Pleasure
Quotations about Happiness
A Defence of Paradise Engineering
Quotations about Suffering and its Abolition