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Just because your sins have landed you in Hell doesn't mean you shouldn't seek Grace.

EDWARD LEE, House Infernal

Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Hell doesn't exist. It is a creation by traditions of men and a misunderstanding of the Scriptures.

LEIF A. WERNER, Are You Lied to About the Bible

It's only a popular myth that Hell doesn't exist. And it's also cruel not to believe in Hell. For isn't it cruel to tell skaters on thin ice that there's no water under the ice and that they can't possibly drown?

PETER KREEFT, Because God Is Real

Imagine some foul and putrid corpse that has lain rotting and decomposing in the grave, a jelly-like mass of liquid corruption. Imagine such a corpse a prey to flames, devoured by the fire of burning brimstone and giving off dense choking fumes of nauseous loathsome decomposition. And then imagine this sickening stench, multiplied a millionfold and a millionfold again from the millions upon millions of fetid carcasses massed together in the reeking darkness, a huge and rotting human fungus. Imagine all this, and you will have some idea of the horror of the stench of hell.

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

Hell's my wife's home town.

BOB DYLAN, "My Wife's Home Town"

I have no fear of the Hereafter. An orthodox hell could hardly be more torture than my life has been.

ROBERT E. HOWARD, letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, Jul. 1925

Don't get me wrong. I don't want to go to hell any more than the next guy (especially if eternal conscious torment ends up involving some form of nonstop Barry Manilow music marathon). It's just that the threat of hell doesn't move me any longer.

BRIAN JONES, Getting Rid of the Gorilla

Hell is a city much like London —
A populous and smoky city.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, "Peter Bell the Third"

A dungeon horrible, on all sides round,
As one great furnace flamed; yet from those flames
No light; but rather darkness visible
Served only to discover sights of woe,
Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
That comes to all, but torture without end
Still urges, and a fiery deluge, fed
With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed.
Such place Eternal Justice has prepared
For those rebellious; here their prison ordained
In utter darkness, and their portion set,
As far removed from God and light of Heaven
As from the centre thrice to th' utmost pole.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

In this life our sorrows are either not very long or not very great because nature either overcomes them by habits or puts an end to them by sinking under their weight. But in hell the torments cannot be overcome by habit, for while they are of terrible intensity they are at the same time of continual variety, each pain, so to speak, taking fire from another and re-endowing that which has enkindled it with a still fiercer flame.

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

All right, God, send me to hell. You think You're frightening me with Your hell, don't You? You think Your hell is worse than mine.

DOROTHY PARKER, "A Telephone Call"

In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.

ANDRE GIDE, Autumn Leaves

Consider, children ... the pain of touching the tip of your finger to your mother's stove, even for a fraction of a second. That is an experience which most of you have suffered. Now try to imagine that pain, not simply on a fingertip but spread over the whole surface of your body, and not for a mere second, but everlastingly. That, children, is hellfire.

LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS, The Rector of Justin

Hell is the incapacity to be other than the creature one finds oneself ordinarily behaving as.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Stories, Essays, and Poems

This was hell then; it wasn't anything to worry about: it was just his own familiar room.

GRAHAM GREENE, Brighton Rock

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of Hell.


My mother once told me she thought hell would be nothing more than being given a glimpse of God--then having it taken away, forever.

GLEN DUNCAN, Talulla Rising

There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ's moral character, and that is that He believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, "The Moral Problem," Why I Am Not a Christian

Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.


If you're going through hell, keep going.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, Winston Churchill's Great Quotation Book: From Alamein to Zest for Life

Hell was always for other people.

IAIN M. BANKS, Surface Detail

To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.


[One] must look into hell before one has any right to speak of heaven.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, letter to Colette O'Niel, Oct. 23, 1916

Hell is wanting to be somewhere different from where you are.

GENEEN ROTH, Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

The only reason people go to bars is to get drunk and have sex. To me, bars are what hell is like.

CLAY AIKEN, Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life

To those who wish to punish others -- or at least to see them punished, if the avengers are too cowardly to take matters in to their own hands -- the belief in a fiery, hideous hell appears to be a great source of comfort.

STEVE ALLEN, Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality

For then will be the incorruptible Judge,
the terrible judgment-seat,
the answer without excuses,
the inevitable charges,
the stern punishment,
the endless Gehenna,
the pitiless Angels,
the yawning hell,
the roaring stream of fire,
the unquenchable flame,
the dark prison,
the rayless darkness,
the bed of live coals,
the sleepless worm,
the indissoluble chains,
the bottomless chaos,
the impassable wall,
the inconsolable cry,
none to stand by me,
none to plead for me,
none to snatch me out.

LANCELOT ANDREWES, The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes

If memory survived eternally, then indeed there might be justification for a belief in hell.

STACY AUMONIER, "That Which Is Always Changing", One After Another

If Hell were possible, it would be the shortest cut to the highest heaven. For verily God loveth.

SRI AUROBINDO, Thoughts and Aphorisms

When I die I don't want no part of heaven.
I would not do heaven's work well.
I pray the devil comes and takes me
To stand in the fiery furnaces of hell.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, "Youngstown", The Ghost of Tom Joad

All I know is that if God loves me only half as much as my mother does, he will not send me to Hell.

LIN YUTANG, The Importance of Living

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