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Long is the way and hard, that out of hell leads up to light.

And some are fall'n, to disobedience fall'n,
And so from Heav'n to deepest Hell; O fall
From what high state of bliss into what woe!

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

When all the world dissolves,
And every creature shall be purified,
All places shall be hell that are not heaven.


Hell is very likely to be modernization infinitely extended.

TOM STOPPARD, The Invention of Love

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

KARL MARX, Capital

Maybe that's what Hell is. You go mad. And all your demons come and get you just as fast as you can think them up.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

Hell is other people.


Then I saw that there was a way to hell, even from the gates of heaven.

JOHN BUNYAN, The Pilgrim's Progress

Long is the way
And hard, that out of hell leads up to light.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Hell's foundations quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise.

SABINE BARING-GOULD, Onward, Christian Soldiers

Hell is being alive, and being alive is all there is.


You might be wondering--the hard-men among you, the nutters, the glassers, the thugs--whether you couldn't hack it in Hell, whether you couldn't, when it came right down to it, just butch the bastard out. Well guess what: You couldn't.


Redemption can be found in hell itself if that's where you happen to be.


Money doesn't spend in hell.... The devil deals in a different coin.


Personally I didn't believe God had a private torture chamber. Hell was being cut off from God, cut off from his power, his energy, Him.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Burnt Offerings

Hell ain't half full.


Heaven and Hell are man's hopes and his fears extended beyond the grave.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

Hell is the opposite of joy. It is unfulfillment. It is knowing Who and What You Are, and failing to experience that. It is being less.

NEALE DONALD WALSCH, Conversations with God

Now let us try for a moment to realize, as far as we can, the nature of that abode of the damned which the justice of an offended God has called into existence for the eternal punishment of sinners. Hell is a strait and dark and foul-smelling prison, an abode of demons and lost souls, filled with fire and smoke. The straitness of this prison house is expressly designed by God to punish those who refused to be bound by His laws. In earthly prisons the poor captive has at least some liberty of movement, were it only within the four walls of his cell or in the gloomy yard of his prison. Not so in hell. There, by reason of the great number of the damned, the prisoners are heaped together in their awful prison, the walls of which are said to be four thousand miles thick: and the damned are so utterly bound and helpless that, as a blessed saint, saint Anselm, writes in his book on similitudes, they are not even able to remove from the eye a worm that gnaws it.

JAMES JOYCE, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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There are more gluttons than drunkards in hell.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

What is hell? Hell is oneself.
Hell is alone, the other figures in it
Merely projections.

T. S. ELIOT, The Cocktail Party

Hell is no less than the eternal and second death, in its utmost extent and terror, as, just in all respects the opposite to eternal life, 'tis the most finished misery of the wicked, wherein they are ternally separated from the pleasing perception of God, and the fruition of all kinds of good, confined in chains of despair and darkness, under the lively and afflicting sense of the punishing vengeance of the Deity, justly kindled and continually flaming against them for their offensive actions, and in a wise and equitable proportion to the measure of those offenses. So that they are filled with incessant stings and horrors of conscience, and tormented in soul and body with such painful and raging flames, as will forever distress, but never consume their bodies, or destroy a lively consciousness of guilt in their souls to all eternity.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

It is easy to go down to hell; night and day the gates of Dark Death stand wide; but to climb back up again, to retrace one's steps to the open air, their lies the problem, the difficult task.

VIRGIL, The Aeneid

The doctrine of hell is not "mediaeval priestcraft" for frightening people into giving money to the church: it is Christ's deliberate judgment on sin.... We cannot repudiate hell without altogether repudiating Christ.

DOROTHY SAYERS, Introductory Papers on Dante

Hell was not part of the original creation. Hell is God's fall-back position. Hell is something God was forced to make because people chose to rebel against him and turn against what was best for them and the purpose for which they were created.

LEE STROBEL, The Case for Faith

Hell is not evil; it's a place where evil gets punished. Hell is not pleasant, appealing, or encouraging. But Hell is morally good, because a good God must punish evil.


At the end of the world ... the angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weepind and gnashing of teeth.

MATTHEW 13:49-50

The greatest misconception about hell is that it doesn't exist. Just as we believe scientists when they tell us there is such a thing as gravity, so should we believe God when he tells us there is such a place as hell. Many people wonder how a merciful and caring God could send people to such a terrible place. The truth is that God doesn't send anyone to hell; people choose to go there by their own rebellion, and God honors their choice.

RONALD A. BEERS & V. GILBERT BEERS, The Complete Book of Life's Questions

Each lost soul will be a hell unto itself, the boundless fire raging in its very vitals.

JAMES JOYCE, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Hell is separated from heaven; for all who are in hell, when they lived in the world, were in the mere delights of the body and the flesh from the love of self and the world; but all who are in heaven, when they lived in the world, were in the delights of the soul and the spirit from love to the Lord and love toward the neighbor. Because these loves are opposite, therefore the heavens and the hells are so entirely separated, that a spirit who is in hell dares not raise the crown of his head, or even put forth a finger thence; for the moment he attempts it, he is racked and tortured.

EMANUEL SWEDENBORG, Heaven and its Wonders and Hell

The devil, as a master of deceit, does everything he can to keep people from believing in the existence of a hell; but hell is a literal state of existence that will be the plight of all those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ.

TIM LAHAYE, Revelation Unveiled

Hell doesn't even exist ... It's all in our minds. We invented it as a warning to those who don't live up to our standards.

S. KAYE SAUNDERS, Hell Exposed

In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell, is itself a question: What are you asking God to do? To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But He has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what He does.

C. S. LEWIS, The Problem of Pain

God too has his hell: it is his love of man.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Hell is nothing else but the perversion into evil of the good that proceeds from the Lord.


If there is in fact, a heaven and a hell, all we know for sure is that hell will be a viciously overcrowded version of Phoenix.


It was God who created hell as a place to store evil. He didn't do a good job of keeping it there though.

PHILIP ZIMBARDO, TED talk, Sep. 2008

Hell is a state of mind. It is a remnant of ancient man's fears and an anachronism from our primitive past. I disavow it; therefore it does not exist.

S. KAYE SAUNDERS, Hell Exposed

The fact that most people don't believe in hell doesn't mean they won't end up there.

CLIFFE KNECHTLE, Give Me an Answer

Hell is the centre of evils and, as you know, things are more intense at their centres than at their remotest points.

JAMES JOYCE, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

If you stopped tellin' people it's all sorted out after they're dead, they might try sorting it all out while they're alive.


There are materials enough in every man's mind to make a hell there.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Hell is of this world and there are men who are unhappy escapees from hell, escapees destined eternally to reenact their escape.

ANTONIN ARTAUD, General Security: The Liquidation of Opium

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

C. S. LEWIS, The Screwtape Letters

One smell of brimstone makes the whole world kin.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of How the Canny Commercial Salesman Guessed the Combination", True Bills

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