Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.
Heaven knows where I’ll end up – but it’s a safe bet that I’ll never be at the top of anything! Nor do I particularly care to be.
H. P. Lovecraft
Heaven knows what I have not been through with, since I saw you-dust, dirt, dyspepsia, hotels, railroads, prairies, tobacco juice.
Julia Ward Howe
Heaven knows that there are plenty of opportunities in later life, too, for being carried away. What of it? We remain what we are and, no doubt, it is all very good for us!
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
It may be only glory that we seek here, but I persuade myself that, as long as we remain here, that is right. Another glory awaits us in heaven and he who reaches there will not wish even to think of earthly fame.
A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
H. L. Mencken
They are not long, the weeping and the laughter, Love and desire and hate: I think they have no portion in us after We pass the gate. They are not long, the days of wine and roses; Out of a misty dream Our path emerges for a while, then closes Within a dream.
Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
Charles Caleb Colton
There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary be at rest.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Jesus (Bible John 3. 16)
The inventor of their heaven empties into it all the nations of the earth, in one common jumble. All are on an equality absolute, no one of them ranking another; they have to be “brothers”; they have to mix together, pray together, harp together, hosannah together–whites, niggers, Jews, everybody–there’s no distinction. Here in the earth all nations hate each other, and every one of them hates the Jew. Yet every pious person adores that heaven and wants to get into it. He really does. And when he is in a holy rapture he thinks he thinks that if he were only there he would take all the populace to his heart, and hug, and hug, and hug!
God is love. I have loved. Therefore, I will go to heaven.
But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?
Robert F. Kennedy
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Robert Green Ingersoll
This is what I want in heaven… words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies.
Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
I found that when I did something for the sake of heaven, heaven happened. These things changed my life. I owe them to my encounter with Christianity.
All this, and Heaven too!
If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.
I expect no very violent transition.
Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Why—do they shut Me out of Heaven? Did I sing—too loud? But—I can say a little “Minor” Timid as a Bird! Wouldn’t the Angels try me— Just—once—more— Just—see—if I troubled them— But don’t—shut the door! Oh, if I—were the Gentleman In the “White Robe”— And they—were the little Hand—that knocked— Could—I—forbid?
We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next.
Pearl S. Buck
Shall shine the traffic of Jacob’s ladder Pitched between Heaven and Charing Cross.
They’re called “angels” because they’re in heaven until the reviews come out.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
I’m so close to Heaven, this Hell cannot be mine.
Then let him receive the new knowledge and wait us, Pardoned in heaven, the first by the throne!
Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.
Henri Frederic Amiel
The miracle on earth are the laws of heaven.
Heaven have mercy on us all – Presbyterians and Pagans alike – for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.
Like ships that have gone down at sea, when heaven was all tranquillity.
Be not dismayed, O peoples of the world, when the day-star of My beauty is set, and the heaven of My tabernacle is concealed from your eyes.
It’s true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
People reside within qi and qi resides within people. From heaven and earth down to the ten thousand things, each one requires qi to live.
And I think the blessing of heaven is on Bush. It’s just the way it is.
The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang.
Lower your expectations of earth. This isn’t heaven, so don’t expect it to be.
A heav’n on earth.
Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.
H. L. Mencken
The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel’d to heaven is no artist.
And as the Divine that goes forth from the Lord is the good of love and the truth of faith, the angels are angels and are heaven in the measure in which they receive good and truth from the Lord.
They may not use the word better. But they certainly believe that they’ll go to heaven and Jews will not.
Neale Donald Walsch
We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.
But for me at any rate it was all part of dissolving the God trip or father-figure trip. Facing up to reality instead of always looking for some kind of heaven.
Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.
Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.
The Roman Catholics teach that unless you’re a Roman Catholic you do not go to heaven.
Neale Donald Walsch
I am your friend and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not got, But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.
Fra Giovanni Giocondo
There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Nothing exists without music, for the universe itself is said to have been framed by a kind of harmony of sounds, and the heaven itself revolves under the tones of that harmony.
Beyond the Catholic exclusionary paradigm is a larger one which is the Christian one. Christians claim that if you don’t believe in Christ, you can’t get to heaven. Well that eliminates two thirds of the world’s population!
Neale Donald Walsch
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid.
Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms.
I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.
Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights.
Henry David Thoreau
To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.
William Blake (Auguries of Innocence)
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?