quotations about paradise
When the storm is over and night falls and the moon is out in all its glory and all you're left with is the rhythm of the sea, of the waves, you know what God intended for the human race, you know what paradise is.
HAROLD PINTER, Party Time
Fanatics have their dreams, wherewith they weave
A paradise for a sect.
JOHN KEATS, The Fall of Hyperion
Only animals were not expelled from Paradise.
MILAN KUNDERA, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
A cowchip is paradise for a fly.
KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's
Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three -- and paradise is when you have none.
DOUG LARSON, attributed, Asterisk: The Future of Telephony
Take me down
To the paradise city
Where the grass is green
And the girls are pretty
Oh, won't you please take me home
GUNS N' ROSES, "Paradise City"
Paradise is not a place, it's a state of mind.
Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls.
MORGAN RHODES, Falling Kingdoms
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
All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.
TONI MORRISON, interview, Online NewsHour, March 9, 1998
Or were I in the wildest waste,
Sae black and bare, sae black and bare,
The desert were a paradise,
If thou wert there, if thou wert there.
ROBERT BURNS, "O, Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast"
A chaste generation would restore Paradise.
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk
Paradise is not a garden of bliss and changeless perfection where the lions lie down like lambs (what would they eat?) and the angels and cherubim and seraphim rotate in endless idiotic circles, like clockwork, about an equally inane and ludicrous -- however roseate -- unmoved mover. That particular painted fantasy of a realm beyond time and space which Aristotle and the church fathers tried to palm off on us has met, in modern times, only neglect and indifference passing on into oblivion it so richly deserved, while the paradise of which I write and wish to praise is with us yet, the here and now, the actual, tangible, dogmatically real earth on which we stand.
EDWARD ABBEY, Desert Solitaire
The problem with paradise is that it's temporary: You don't belong here and the neighbors are nobody you care to know, so it's only blissful for a week or so.
GARRISON KEILLOR, "God Changes With the Weather", Salon, December 29, 2009
The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.
MARCEL PROUST, Time Regained
Certainly paradise, whatever, wherever it be, contains flaws. (Paradisical flaws, if you like.) If it did not, it would be incapable of drawing the hearts of men or angels.
HENRY MILLER, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch
The joys of Paradise and the rapturous delight felt in meeting the radiance of God's countenance will send into oblivion all the anguish of the earthly life.
RABBI JEHUDA, attributed, Day's Collacon
Paradise was always over there, a day's sail away.
J. MAARTEN TROOST, Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu
There are two qualifications for entering paradise; one is to be an archangel, the other to be a serpent.
THEODORE TILTON, attributed, Day's Collacon
So on he fares, and to the border comes,
Of Eden, where delicious Paradise,
Now nearer, crowns with her enclosure green,
As with a rural mound, the champain head
Of a steep wilderness.
JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost