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Heavenly Quotes About Paradise

Ah, paradise. Or bliss, heaven, utopia, wonderland, Arcadia, Eden, Shangri-la, Avalon, Zion, ultimate delight, felicity, the Promised Land, Cloud Nine, the divine abode, the happy hunting ground, the heavenly kingdom, the kingdom come, next world, paradisiac, Oh Pearly Gates, Elysium, the Elysian Fields, or the Garden of Eden. Potentially lost, potentially to be found. Whatever name you give the concept, humankind has spent much thought and effort in our quest for "Paradise."

Here we present a large collection of paradise quotes for you to ponder and share. We hope you enjoy them!

Quote: Flowers are the remnants of paradise on earth. by author John of Kronstadt overlaid on photo of sunset with agave stem
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Flowers are the remnants of paradise on earth.


Quote: Just past hell lies paradise. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of that. by author Serina Hartwell overlaid on photo of brown grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Tanja Žaria‡

Just past hell lies paradise. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of that.


Quote: The thing about paradise, though, is we don't always recognize it immediately. Its paradiseness takes time to sink in. by author Eric Weiner overlaid on photo of beach shore during day time
Photo Credit: Hermansyah

The thing about paradise, though, is we don't always recognize it immediately. Its paradiseness takes time to sink in.




Quote: I know paradise has many gates, just as hell does. One has to learn to distinguish between them, or one is lost. by author Henning Mankell overlaid on photo of green and white bird on black wire during daytime
Photo Credit: Egor Kunovsky

I know paradise has many gates, just as hell does. One has to learn to distinguish between them, or one is lost.


Quote: Healing a broken heart
Can open a heavenly door
To the paradise. by author Jazalyn overlaid on photo of brown humming bird flying in mid air
Photo Credit: Mark Olsen

Healing a broken heart
Can open a heavenly door
To the paradise.


Quote: Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise. by author Novalis overlaid on photo of calm body of water and mountain
Photo Credit: Jake Fagan

Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise.


Quote: This earth will be a paradise when men can, upon all these questions differ, and yet grasp each other's hands as friends. by author Robert G. Ingersoll overlaid on photo of sunset
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This earth will be a paradise when men can, upon all these questions differ, and yet grasp each other's hands as friends.


Quote: Hell is where everyone is doing his own thing. Paradise is where everyone is doing God's thing. by author Thomas Howard overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of trees and sky
Photo Credit: Aperture Vintage

Hell is where everyone is doing his own thing. Paradise is where everyone is doing God's thing.


Quote: We'll find paradise together, whatever form that might take. by author Lisa Mantchev overlaid on photo of purple petaled flower
Photo Credit: Biegun Wschodni

We'll find paradise together, whatever form that might take.


Quote: Make your paradise here on earth, your own little paradise. by author Bangambiki Habyarimana overlaid on photo of man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water
Photo Credit: KAL VISUALS

Make your paradise here on earth, your own little paradise.


Quote: There is a kind of serenity in love which is almost a paradise. by author Alain Badiou overlaid on photo of green and red flowers
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

There is a kind of serenity in love which is almost a paradise.


Quote: The heart of man is, so to speak, the paradise of God. by author Alphonsus Liguori overlaid on photo of photo of author Alphonsus Liguori with quote

The heart of man is, so to speak, the paradise of God.


Quote: He who indulges in falsehood will find the paths of paradise shut to him. by author Abu Bakr overlaid on photo of pink umbrella
Photo Credit: Erik Witsoe

He who indulges in falsehood will find the paths of paradise shut to him.


Quote: Postulating a heaven gives man an out for having been unable to retain the paradise he was given here on earth. by author Sheri S. Tepper overlaid on photo of purple and white petaled flower
Photo Credit: Jari Hytönen

Postulating a heaven gives man an out for having been unable to retain the paradise he was given here on earth.


Quote: See the wretch that long has tost
On the thorny bed of pain,
At length repair his vigour lost,
And breathe and walk again:
 The meanest floweret of the vale,
The simplest note that swells the gale,
The common sun, the air, the skies,
To him are open paradise. by author Thomas Gray overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Gray with quote

See the wretch that long has tost
On the thorny bed of pain,
At length repair his vigour lost,
And breathe and walk again:
The meanest floweret of the vale,
The simplest note that swells the gale,
The common sun, the air, the skies,
To him are open paradise.


Quote: Much better an intelligent hell than a stupid paradise. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of bare tree on mountain during sunset
Photo Credit: Leah Berman

Much better an intelligent hell than a stupid paradise.




Quote: Paradise has never been about places. It exists in moments. In connection. In flashes across time. by author Victoria Erickson overlaid on photo of blue
Photo Credit: Photoholgic

Paradise has never been about places. It exists in moments. In connection. In flashes across time.


Quote: We have the technology to build a global paradise on earth, and at the same time, we have the power to end life as we know it.  I am a futurist.  I cannot predict the actual future -- only what it can be if we manage the earth and its resources intelligently. by author Jacque Fresco overlaid on photo of photo of author Jacque Fresco with quote

We have the technology to build a global paradise on earth, and at the same time, we have the power to end life as we know it.  I am a futurist.  I cannot predict the actual future -- only what it can be if we manage the earth and its resources intelligently.


Quote: The only true paradises are the paradises that we have lost. by author Marcel Proust overlaid on photo of two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset
Photo Credit: Mylon Ollila

The only true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.


Quote: Chirpy greens, free thoughts, a paper, a pen and a crazy mind; Authors' paradise. by author Vikraman overlaid on photo of man jumping on hill during golden hour
Photo Credit: Kyle Cottrell

Chirpy greens, free thoughts, a paper, a pen and a crazy mind; Authors' paradise.




Quote: Every day I sit and watch random people holding the wands with the power that can turn the world either into a graveyard or into a paradise and yet roam around without believing in the magic that it possesses. And in the end, they throw it into the stash and burn it like it is nothing. by author Akshay Vasu overlaid on photo of Akshay Vasu quote: Every day I sit and watch random people holding the wands with the power that can turn the world either into a graveyard or into a paradise and yet roam around without believing in the magic that it possesses. And in the end, they throw it into the stash and burn it like it is nothing.- black text on quotes background

Every day I sit and watch random people holding the wands with the power that can turn the world either into a graveyard or into a paradise and yet roam around without believing in the magic that it possesses. And in the end, they throw it into the stash and burn it like it is nothing.


Quote: Every object that is loved forms the center of a paradise. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of black sailing boat digital wallpaper
Photo Credit: Johannes Plenio

Every object that is loved forms the center of a paradise.




You breathe into my words and animate them with life. I'd fall from heaven a trillion times over to die in the softness of your paradise.


Quote: You never plant trees whose leaves are merely locks when your mind becomes a forbidden paradise of independent thought. by author Curtis Tyrone Jones overlaid on photo of long exposure photography of beach
Photo Credit: Kamil Kalbarczyk

You never plant trees whose leaves are merely locks when your mind becomes a forbidden paradise of independent thought.


Quote: It's too hard for people to accept. The weak-minded invent invisible gods and gardens and reunions in paradise. Or some. like you, won't buy unto that nonsense, but it's still too painful to admit the truth. So you come up with this 'how can we know?' rationale. by author Harlan Coben overlaid on photo of photo of author Harlan Coben with quote

It's too hard for people to accept. The weak-minded invent invisible gods and gardens and reunions in paradise. Or some. like you, won't buy unto that nonsense, but it's still too painful to admit the truth. So you come up with this 'how can we know?' rationale.


Quote: One cannot create paradise without maintaining hell. by author Preti Taneja overlaid on photo of saguaro
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

One cannot create paradise without maintaining hell.


Quote: Paradise is not something that we create. Rather, it is something that we find. by author Craig D. Lounsbrough overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky
Photo Credit: Greg Rakozy

Paradise is not something that we create. Rather, it is something that we find.


Quote: Sometimes, what we need the most is the strength to survive in this world. Which forces us to pay, to watch the demons destroy the paradises we built and dance on its ruins. by author Akshay Vasu overlaid on photo of red and black floral textile
Photo Credit: Jason Dent

Sometimes, what we need the most is the strength to survive in this world. Which forces us to pay, to watch the demons destroy the paradises we built and dance on its ruins.


Quote: The pain in Vinay's voice disturbed Radhika.

The pain in Vinay's voice disturbed Radhika. "Shangri-La is a state of mind, Vinay. If you're happy, then everything around you will be okay and in harmony. Nothing is perfect anywhere. We must find our own paradise amidst the chaos. Just the way a beautiful lotus blooms in dirty water."


Quote: In this way, without understanding how, I entered sleep together with Christ's passion and the nightingales' warbling, just as the soul will enter Paradise. by author Nikos Kazantzakis overlaid on photo of aerial photography of pine trees with mist
Photo Credit: Dorel Gnatiuc

In this way, without understanding how, I entered sleep together with Christ's passion and the nightingales' warbling, just as the soul will enter Paradise.






Quote: She was his Eve. He was her fall. He'd make the leaves of her trees blush, then he'd undress them all. by author Curtis Tyrone Jones overlaid on photo of brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Cory

She was his Eve. He was her fall. He'd make the leaves of her trees blush, then he'd undress them all.










Quote: He had thought enough during the day. The time for thinking was now over. Thoughts tortured and in paradise one sought only pleasure. by author Mukta Singh-Zocchi overlaid on photo of water on seashore
Photo Credit: Anastasia Taioglou

He had thought enough during the day. The time for thinking was now over. Thoughts tortured and in paradise one sought only pleasure.


Quote: To find one's paradise, one needn't travel far, only well. by author Marty Rubin overlaid on photo of pavement surrounded with dried leaves
Photo Credit: Bernd Schulz

To find one's paradise, one needn't travel far, only well.


Quote: It is idle to say there is no such garden. Everyone recognises the same nostalgia... Paradise is neither a moment nor a place; it is a condition. So when the lover calls to his or her beloved to come into the garden, it is, in the final implication, a summons to overcome to human condition. by author Richard Cavendish overlaid on photo of Richard Cavendish quote: It is idle to say there is no such garden. Everyone recognises the same nostalgia... Paradise is neither a moment nor a place; it is a condition. So when the lover calls to his or her beloved to come into the garden, it is, in the final implication, a summons to overcome to human condition.- black text on quotes background

It is idle to say there is no such garden. Everyone recognises the same nostalgia... Paradise is neither a moment nor a place; it is a condition. So when the lover calls to his or her beloved to come into the garden, it is, in the final implication, a summons to overcome to human condition.


Quote: Healing a broken heart can open a heavenly door to the paradise. by author Jazalyn overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Yoshi Sugimoto

Healing a broken heart can open a heavenly door to the paradise.


Quote: Can I go to heaven if you don't? And if I do go someplace where my paradise is detached from your eternity, where the hell am I? by author Darrell Smith overlaid on photo of Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah
Photo Credit: Zhanjiang Chen

Can I go to heaven if you don't? And if I do go someplace where my paradise is detached from your eternity, where the hell am I?




Quote: Paradise is not some kind of enchanted land filled with flowers and music. It is not some kind of spiritual Disneyland. Paradise is our primordial pure consciousness, which is free of all limitations but embodies the infinity of the divine. by author Anam Thubten overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing
Photo Credit: Sabina Tone

Paradise is not some kind of enchanted land filled with flowers and music. It is not some kind of spiritual Disneyland. Paradise is our primordial pure consciousness, which is free of all limitations but embodies the infinity of the divine.


Quote: I remember seeing a bumper sticker that said, I believe in life before death. To me this means that we don't have to imagine a future paradise. Paradise can happen right here, right now, while we're in this human incarnation. The choice is ours. by author Anam Thubten overlaid on photo of Anam Thubten quote; white text on black background

I remember seeing a bumper sticker that said, I believe in life before death. To me this means that we don't have to imagine a future paradise. Paradise can happen right here, right now, while we're in this human incarnation. The choice is ours.


Quote: Looking For Gold
I'm looking for the gold in this life
A love so rare 
It's doesn't have a price
Not living for the future
No heaven, no hell, no paradise
And I'm giving it all away now,
Cause you can't step 
In the same river twice. by author Eric Overby overlaid on photo of woman in blue dress standing on green grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Hannah Busing

Looking For Gold
I'm looking for the gold in this life
A love so rare
It's doesn't have a price
Not living for the future
No heaven, no hell, no paradise
And I'm giving it all away now,
Cause you can't step
In the same river twice.


Quote: If we all did what we should, we would wake to find ourselves in paradise. by author Deborah Harkness overlaid on photo of person holding gray leaf
Photo Credit: Jakob Owens

If we all did what we should, we would wake to find ourselves in paradise.


Quote: Peace, a fireplace, books, silence ... Before this was seen as one philistinism. Now these are dreams of a lost paradise. by author Erich Maria Remarque overlaid on photo of black and white bird on seashore
Photo Credit: Albert Amor

Peace, a fireplace, books, silence ... Before this was seen as one philistinism. Now these are dreams of a lost paradise.


Quote: The Fantasy is a reassurance -- a promise that the peace of Paradise... is not to be lost. by author Joseph Campbell overlaid on photo of green mountain ]
Photo Credit: Adrian Dascal

The Fantasy is a reassurance -- a promise that the peace of Paradise... is not to be lost.


Quote: Whom hast thou then, or what, to accuse,
but heaven's free love dealt equally t'all? by author John Milton overlaid on photo of person standing on top of mountain
Photo Credit: Alessandro Erbetta

Whom hast thou then, or what, to accuse,
but heaven's free love dealt equally t'all?


Quote: God has given us a world that nothing but our own folly keeps from being a paradise. by author George Bernard Shaw overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Fabio Fistarol

God has given us a world that nothing but our own folly keeps from being a paradise.


Quote: If your head is in the shade of love then surely your feet are in paradise. by author Kamila Shamsie overlaid on photo of white tulip flower in close up photography
Photo Credit: Jocelyn Morales

If your head is in the shade of love then surely your feet are in paradise.


Quote: Mankind must worship God to attain righteousness and the spiritual status necessary to enter paradise. This means human beings have to comprehend that worship is as indispensable as eating and breathing -- and not a favour they are doing for God. by author Donald W. Flood overlaid on photo of Donald W. Flood quote; white text on black background

Mankind must worship God to attain righteousness and the spiritual status necessary to enter paradise. This means human beings have to comprehend that worship is as indispensable as eating and breathing -- and not a favour they are doing for God.


Quote: Every paradise is made possible by blindness. by author Leslie Jamison overlaid on photo of silhouette of grass under moonlight
Photo Credit: Alexandra Vozvyshaeva

Every paradise is made possible by blindness.


Quote: Alone, I rifle streamers through pockets
deep enough to hold fish large
as memory. With others, I will wade
waist-deep all day, for the small
paradise of watching someone
run their fingers along the belly
of what was once impossible
to touch. And release everything back. by author Geffrey Davis overlaid on photo of Geffrey Davis quote; white text on black background

Alone, I rifle streamers through pockets
deep enough to hold fish large
as memory. With others, I will wade
waist-deep all day, for the small
paradise of watching someone
run their fingers along the belly
of what was once impossible
to touch. And release everything back.


Quote: The door of Paradise is very wide. Don't put an embargo on Allah's mercy. Leave it open, it is enough for everyone. by author Nazim Al-Haqqani overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Nin Duletin

The door of Paradise is very wide. Don't put an embargo on Allah's mercy. Leave it open, it is enough for everyone.


Quote: If we want to see God, we may have to see the Devil first. Hell precedes Heaven. There are no easy paths, no straight roads to Paradise. We have to wander along crooked tracks in dark woods and fall into bottomless abysses. Yet, in the end, our struggle makes us fit for Paradise. by author Adam Weishaupt overlaid on photo of Adam Weishaupt quote; white text on black background

If we want to see God, we may have to see the Devil first. Hell precedes Heaven. There are no easy paths, no straight roads to Paradise. We have to wander along crooked tracks in dark woods and fall into bottomless abysses. Yet, in the end, our struggle makes us fit for Paradise.


Quote: Men will sacrifice their lives to bring about a better world--whatever that may mean--but they will not budge an inch to attain paradise. Nor will they struggle to create a bit of paradise in the hell they find themselves. by author Henry Miller overlaid on photo of brown and gray brick wall
Photo Credit: engin akyurt

Men will sacrifice their lives to bring about a better world--whatever that may mean--but they will not budge an inch to attain paradise. Nor will they struggle to create a bit of paradise in the hell they find themselves.


Quote: We have never lost Paradise, but human consciousness tells us we have lost it and that we have to regain it. But in fact, Paradise has never been lost, Paradise is never to be therefore regained. We are in Eden, just as we are now. by author D. T. Suzuki overlaid on photo of photo of author D. T. Suzuki with quote

We have never lost Paradise, but human consciousness tells us we have lost it and that we have to regain it. But in fact, Paradise has never been lost, Paradise is never to be therefore regained. We are in Eden, just as we are now.


Quote: We only enter paradise through a door we open for ourselves. by author Marty Rubin overlaid on photo of person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night
Photo Credit: Brent Cox

We only enter paradise through a door we open for ourselves.


Quote: It's time to make your stand. It's you against the world. It's you contra mundum. This world is hell, but good, rational people of strong will can convert it into paradise. by author Adam Weishaupt overlaid on photo of photo of author Adam Weishaupt with quote

It's time to make your stand. It's you against the world. It's you contra mundum. This world is hell, but good, rational people of strong will can convert it into paradise.




Quote: Idle to pretend that we have lost paradise. We never had it; it is still to make. by author Susan Ertz overlaid on photo of pink flower with green stem
Photo Credit: Jocelyn Morales

Idle to pretend that we have lost paradise. We never had it; it is still to make.


Quote: Doom is nigh. I am in acute distress, desperately trying to coax sleep, opening my eyes every few seconds to check their faded gleam, and imagining paradise as a place where a sleepless neighbor reads an endless book by the light of an eternal candle. by author Vladimir Nabokov overlaid on photo of photo of author Vladimir Nabokov with quote

Doom is nigh. I am in acute distress, desperately trying to coax sleep, opening my eyes every few seconds to check their faded gleam, and imagining paradise as a place where a sleepless neighbor reads an endless book by the light of an eternal candle.


Quote: It has always been this way. Death is followed by birth. To reach paradise, man must pass through inferno. by author Bertrand Zobrist overlaid on photo of long exposure photography of beach
Photo Credit: Kamil Kalbarczyk

It has always been this way. Death is followed by birth. To reach paradise, man must pass through inferno.


Quote: Spread kindness, caring, and compassion and create your own paradise. Infuse it with joy and you've created heaven on earth. by author Amy Leigh Mercree overlaid on photo of person on road at sunset
Photo Credit: Linda Xu

Spread kindness, caring, and compassion and create your own paradise. Infuse it with joy and you've created heaven on earth.




Quote: The possibility of paradise hovers on the cusp of coming into being, so much so that it takes powerful forces to keep such a paradise at bay. If paradise now arises in hell, it's because in the suspension of the usual order and the failure of most systems, we are free to live and act another way. by author Rebecca Solnit overlaid on photo of Rebecca Solnit quote: The possibility of paradise hovers on the cusp of coming into being, so much so that it takes powerful forces to keep such a paradise at bay. If paradise now arises in hell, it's because in the suspension of the usual order and the failure of most systems, we are free to live and act another way.- black text on quotes background

The possibility of paradise hovers on the cusp of coming into being, so much so that it takes powerful forces to keep such a paradise at bay. If paradise now arises in hell, it's because in the suspension of the usual order and the failure of most systems, we are free to live and act another way.


Quote: The Expulsion from Paradise is eternal in its principal aspect: this makes it irrevocable, and our living in this world inevitable, but the eternal nature of the process has the effect that not only could we remain forever in Paradise, but that we are currently there, whether we know it or not. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of Franz Kafka quote: The Expulsion from Paradise is eternal in its principal aspect: this makes it irrevocable, and our living in this world inevitable, but the eternal nature of the process has the effect that not only could we remain forever in Paradise, but that we are currently there, whether we know it or not.- black text on quotes background

The Expulsion from Paradise is eternal in its principal aspect: this makes it irrevocable, and our living in this world inevitable, but the eternal nature of the process has the effect that not only could we remain forever in Paradise, but that we are currently there, whether we know it or not.


Quote: Paradise is a world where everything is a sanctuary and nothing is a gun. by author Danez Smith overlaid on photo of purple and black skies
Photo Credit: Mathew Schwartz

Paradise is a world where everything is a sanctuary and nothing is a gun.


Quote: Paradise does not exist, but we must nonetheless strive to be worthy of it. by author Jules Renard overlaid on photo of brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Leonardo Corral

Paradise does not exist, but we must nonetheless strive to be worthy of it.


Quote: Wherever you find the greatest good, you will find the greatest evil, because evil loves paradise as much as good. by author Wallace Stegner overlaid on photo of beach shore during day time
Photo Credit: Hermansyah

Wherever you find the greatest good, you will find the greatest evil, because evil loves paradise as much as good.


Quote: Whoever treads a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make easy for him the path to Paradise. by author Anonymous overlaid on photo of black bird flying on white background
Photo Credit: The Humantra

Whoever treads a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make easy for him the path to Paradise.


Quote: How beautiful can life be? We hardly dare imagine it. by author Charles Eisenstein overlaid on photo of close shot of yellow flowers
Photo Credit: Masaaki Komori

How beautiful can life be? We hardly dare imagine it.


Quote: I don't like Paradise,
As they probably don't have obsessions there. by author Alda Merini overlaid on photo of person holding brown leaf
Photo Credit: Caleb Jones

I don't like Paradise,
As they probably don't have obsessions there.


Quote: 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. by author Henry Miller overlaid on photo of black and gray Canon AE-1 camera on gray sand under brown dock near body of water at daytime
Photo Credit: Ethan Hoover

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.




Quote: Why can't these American women stay in their own country? They are always telling us that it is the paradise for women.
It is. That is the reason why, like Eve, they are so excessively anxious to get out of it. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of white and blue building under clear sky
Photo Credit: Federico De Iorio

Why can't these American women stay in their own country? They are always telling us that it is the paradise for women.
It is. That is the reason why, like Eve, they are so excessively anxious to get out of it.


Quote: The mind is a universe and can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. by author John Milton overlaid on photo of green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Quynh Do

The mind is a universe and can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.


Quote: A book of verses underneath the bough
A flask of wine, a loaf of bread and thou
Beside me singing in the wilderness
And wilderness is paradise now. by author Omar Khayyam overlaid on photo of green and brown plant on white wall
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

A book of verses underneath the bough
A flask of wine, a loaf of bread and thou
Beside me singing in the wilderness
And wilderness is paradise now.


Quote: That's right, there's free beer in Irish paradise. Everyone's jealous. by author Kevin Hearne overlaid on photo of blue and white striped textile
Photo Credit: Waldemar Brandt

That's right, there's free beer in Irish paradise. Everyone's jealous.


Quote: A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell. by author Thomas Fuller overlaid on photo of green trees on forest during daytime
Photo Credit: Adam Bixby

A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell!


Quote: I mean only that I hope they find darkness or paradise without fear of it, if they can. by author Erin Morgenstern overlaid on photo of brown leaf tree facing the lake
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

I mean only that I hope they find darkness or paradise without fear of it, if they can.


Quote: I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography
Photo Credit: Caleb Ekeroth

I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.


Quote: Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls. by author Morgan Rhodes overlaid on photo of telescope
Photo Credit: Diogo Brandao

Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls.


Quote: The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost. by author Marcel Proust overlaid on photo of landscape photography of road at savannah
Photo Credit: Nikola Knezevic

The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.


Quote: The path to paradise begins in hell. by author Dante Alighieri overlaid on photo of photo of author Dante Alighieri with quote

The path to paradise begins in hell.


Quote: The Bible begins gloriously with Paradise, the symbol of youth, and ends with the everlasting kingdom, with the holy city. The history of every man should be a Bible. by author Novalis overlaid on photo of closeup photo of maple leaves
Photo Credit: Anthony Lee

The Bible begins gloriously with Paradise, the symbol of youth, and ends with the everlasting kingdom, with the holy city. The history of every man should be a Bible.


Quote: The rich's paradise was created by the poor's hell. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of autumn leaves on body of water
Photo Credit: Hannah Domsic

The rich's paradise was created by the poor's hell.


Quote: Man hovers between Paradise and the Pit. by author Ariana Franklin overlaid on photo of two dragonflies on green cornate leaf
Photo Credit: mike mcgrath

Man hovers between Paradise and the Pit.


Quote: Paradise is surrounded by what we dislike; the fires of hell are surrounded by what we desire. by author Rumi overlaid on photo of silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky
Photo Credit: Vincent Chin

Paradise is surrounded by what we dislike; the fires of hell are surrounded by what we desire.


Quote: Often it's just a short swim from the shipwreck of your life to the island paradise of your dreams, assuming you don't drown in the metaphor. by author Robert Breault overlaid on photo of landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays
Photo Credit: David Marcu

Often it's just a short swim from the shipwreck of your life to the island paradise of your dreams, assuming you don't drown in the metaphor.


Quote: It gets to seem as if way back in the Garden of Eden after the fall, Adam and Eve had begged the Lord to forgive them and He, in his boundless exasperation, had said, All right, then. Stay. Stay in the Garden. Get civilized. Procreate. Muck it up. And they did. by author Diane Arbus overlaid on photo of photo of author Diane Arbus with quote

It gets to seem as if way back in the Garden of Eden after the fall, Adam and Eve had begged the Lord to forgive them and He, in his boundless exasperation, had said, All right, then. Stay. Stay in the Garden. Get civilized. Procreate. Muck it up. And they did.


Like Adam, we have all lost Paradise; and yet we carry Paradise around inside of us in the form of a longing for, almost a memory of, a blessedness that is no more, or the dream of a blessedness that may someday be again.


Quote: We have our brush and colors -- paint Paradise and in we go. by author Nikos Kazantzakis overlaid on photo of green fruit in macro lens photography
Photo Credit: Philipp Schneidenbach

We have our brush and colors -- paint Paradise and in we go.


Quote: Your souls are precious and can only be equal to the price of Paradise, therefore sell them only at that price. by author Ali ibn Abi Talib overlaid on photo of person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots
Photo Credit: David Suarez

Your souls are precious and can only be equal to the price of Paradise, therefore sell them only at that price.


Quote: Grant me paradise in this world; I'm not so sure I'll reach it in the next. by author Tintoretto overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky
Photo Credit: Greg Rakozy

Grant me paradise in this world; I'm not so sure I'll reach it in the next.


Quote: Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep;
whoever sleeps long, does not sin;
whoever does not sin, enters Heaven!
Thus, let us drink beer! by author Martin Luther overlaid on photo of selective focus of common poppy flower
Photo Credit: Quaritsch Photography

Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep;
whoever sleeps long, does not sin;
whoever does not sin, enters Heaven!
Thus, let us drink beer!


Quote: Where there is the tree of knowledge, there is always Paradise: so say the most ancient and most modern serpents. by author Friedrich Nietzsche overlaid on photo of closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers
Photo Credit: Ray Hennessy

Where there is the tree of knowledge, there is always Paradise: so say the most ancient and most modern serpents.


Quote: Fanatics have their dreams, wherewith they weave a paradise for a sect. by author John Keats overlaid on photo of selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch
Photo Credit: Yannick Menard

Fanatics have their dreams, wherewith they weave a paradise for a sect.


Quote: We are equal inhabitants of a paradise of individuals in which everybody has the right to be understood. by author Richard Rorty overlaid on photo of short-beak red bird on tree
Photo Credit: Roberto Nickson

We are equal inhabitants of a paradise of individuals in which everybody has the right to be understood.




Quote: He who has gold makes and accomplishes whatever he wishes in the world and finally uses it to send souls to paradise. by author Christopher Columbus overlaid on photo of photo of author Christopher Columbus with quote

He who has gold makes and accomplishes whatever he wishes in the world and finally uses it to send souls to paradise.


Quote: An inherent sense of man makes him long for an eternal paradise. by author James Ellis overlaid on photo of man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime
Photo Credit: Hannah Busing

An inherent sense of man makes him long for an eternal paradise.


Quote: To the Elysian shades dismiss my soul, where no carnation fades. by author Alexander Pope overlaid on photo of photo of author Alexander Pope with quote

To the Elysian shades dismiss my soul, where no carnation fades.


Quote: The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. by author bell hooks overlaid on photo of person standing on top of mountain
Photo Credit: Alessandro Erbetta

The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created.


Quote: How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the earth were it not for misgovernment and a diversion of his energies to selfish interests. by author Thomas Jefferson overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the earth were it not for misgovernment and a diversion of his energies to selfish interests.




Quote: Having mourned your sin, for outward Eden lost, find paradise within. by author John Dryden overlaid on photo of blue wooden door opened
Photo Credit: Joaquin Paz y Miño

Having mourned your sin, for outward Eden lost, find paradise within.


Quote: It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse. by author Ezra Pound overlaid on photo of long exposure photography of beach
Photo Credit: Kamil Kalbarczyk

It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse.


Quote: Dogs are our link to paradise. by author Milan Kundera overlaid on photo of brown labrador puppy
Photo Credit: Lucrezia Carnelos

Dogs are our link to paradise.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.




Quote: Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, and paradise is when you have none. by author Doug Larson overlaid on photo of red metal bridge over river
Photo Credit: J. Balla Photography

Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, and paradise is when you have none.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: In looking for the keys of paradise, a pope may stoop a little; having found them, he should rise again. by author Pope Sixtus V overlaid on photo of closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers
Photo Credit: Ray Hennessy

In looking for the keys of paradise, a pope may stoop a little; having found them, he should rise again.


Quote: Traveling is a fool's paradise. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of five silhouette of birds flying on sky
Photo Credit: Bill Gierke

Traveling is a fool's paradise.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from. I seek the Vatican, and the palaces. I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated. My giant goes with me wherever I go.


Quote: 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. by author Eugene Ionesco overlaid on photo of Eugene Ionesco quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in. by author Toni Morrison overlaid on photo of red metal bridge over river
Photo Credit: J. Balla Photography

All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.


Quote: Paradise is not a place; it's a state of consciousness. by author Sri Chinmoy overlaid on photo of Milky way in nature photography
Photo Credit: Lubo Minar

Paradise is not a place; it's a state of consciousness.


Quote: Paradise is the here and now, the actual, tangible, dogmatically real Earth on which we stand. Yes, God bless America, the Earth upon which we stand. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of bird on pier
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

Paradise is the here and now, the actual, tangible, dogmatically real Earth on which we stand. Yes, God bless America, the Earth upon which we stand.


Quote: Think of what a paradise this world would be if men were kind and wise. by author Kurt Vonnegut overlaid on photo of brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

Think of what a paradise this world would be if men were kind and wise.


Quote: Because of impatience we were driven out; because of impatience we cannot return. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of gray elephant on grass
Photo Credit: AJ Robbie

Because of impatience we were driven out; because of impatience we cannot return.


Quote: It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of forest trees photograph
Photo Credit: Logan Easterling

It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise.


Quote: The paradise of the rich is made out of the hell of the poor. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of sunset forest
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The paradise of the rich is made out of the hell of the poor.


Quote: Think twice; it's just another day for you and me in paradise. by author Phil Collins overlaid on photo of man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water
Photo Credit: KAL VISUALS

Think twice; it's just another day for you and me in paradise.


Quote: The loves that meet in Paradise shall cast out fear,
And Paradise hath room for you and me and all. by author Christina Rossetti overlaid on photo of photo of author Christina Rossetti with quote

The loves that meet in Paradise shall cast out fear,
And Paradise hath room for you and me and all.


A good conscience is paradise.


Quote: I'm goin' to take a little trip, down paradise's endless shores. They say that travel broadens the mind, till you can't get your head out of doors. by author Elvis Costello overlaid on photo of woman on seashore near island under blue sky
Photo Credit: Glen Jackson

I'm goin' to take a little trip, down paradise's endless shores. They say that travel broadens the mind, till you can't get your head out of doors.


Quote: Paradises an only be made with our own hands, with our own creativity in harmony with the free creativity of nature. by author Friedensreich Hundertwasser overlaid on photo of brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Cory

Paradises an only be made with our own hands, with our own creativity in harmony with the free creativity of nature.


Quote: We do not understand that life is paradise, for it suffices only to wish to understand it, and at once paradise will appear in front of us in its beauty. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún
Photo Credit: Joe Cooke

We do not understand that life is paradise, for it suffices only to wish to understand it, and at once paradise will appear in front of us in its beauty.




Quote: Paradise Is exactly like
Where you are right now
Only much much Better. by author Laurie Anderson overlaid on photo of man running on seashore
Photo Credit: Aan Nizal

Paradise Is exactly like
Where you are right now
Only much much Better.


Quote: If I am happy inside, then I live in paradise no matter where my residence is. by author Mac Anderson overlaid on photo of rock mountain during starry night
Photo Credit: Pawel Nolbert

If I am happy inside, then I live in paradise no matter where my residence is.


Quote: You cannot avoid paradise. You can only avoid seeking it. by author Charlotte Joko Beck overlaid on photo of orange abstract painting
Photo Credit: Kathleen MacGregor

You cannot avoid paradise. You can only avoid seeking it.


Quote: Paradise is for those who make paradise. by author Ursula K. Le Guin overlaid on photo of closeup photo of green leafed plant
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Paradise is for those who make paradise.


Quote: Paradise is not somewhere else... it is within you. And it is not in some other time, after death... It is in you right now. by author Rajneesh overlaid on photo of closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Paradise is not somewhere else... it is within you. And it is not in some other time, after death... It is in you right now.


Quote: Paradise is a state of mind. by author Dolly Parton overlaid on photo of cat in space
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

Paradise is a state of mind.


Quote: You should paint those visions of paradise rather than just talking about them. by author Paulo Coelho overlaid on photo of brown butterfly perched on flower
Photo Credit: Thierry Chabot

You should paint those visions of paradise rather than just talking about them.


Quote: Life is paradise, and we are all in paradise, but we refuse to see it. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of two women walking on bridge during daytime
Photo Credit: Julia Caesar

Life is paradise, and we are all in paradise, but we refuse to see it.


Quote: Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all around us and we do not understand. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of aurora borealis
Photo Credit: Vincent Guth

Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all around us and we do not understand.


Quote: Travel is seeking the lost paradise. It is the supreme illusion of love. by author Anaïs Nin overlaid on photo of person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Clay Banks

Travel is seeking the lost paradise. It is the supreme illusion of love.


Quote: There ain't no place like paradise. by author Tupac Shakur overlaid on photo of boat docked near house
Photo Credit: Luca Bravo

There ain't no place like paradise.


Quote: And all I do is look into your eyes 
For that special touch of paradise. by author John Farnham overlaid on photo of brown grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Tanja Žaria‡

And all I do is look into your eyes
For that special touch of paradise.


Quote: Paradise is here or nowhere: you must take your joy with you or you will never find it. by author Orison Swett Marden overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of trees and sky
Photo Credit: Aperture Vintage

Paradise is here or nowhere: you must take your joy with you or you will never find it.


Quote: Create a paradise anywhere you go. by author Bjork overlaid on photo of woman and man holding hands
Photo Credit: Roman Kraft

Create a paradise anywhere you go.


Quote: Me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know its not some place you can look for because its not where you go.  It's how you feel for a moment in your life when you're a part of something and if you find that moment, it lasts forever. by author Leonardo DiCaprio overlaid on photo of photo of author Leonardo DiCaprio with quote

Me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know its not some place you can look for because its not where you go.  It's how you feel for a moment in your life when you're a part of something and if you find that moment, it lasts forever.


Quote: We all know how we can be turned around by a magic place; that's why we travel, often. And yet we all know, too, that the change cannot be guaranteed. Travel is a fool's paradise, Emerson reminded us, if we think that we can find anything far off that we could not find at home. by author Pico Iyer overlaid on photo of Pico Iyer quote; white text on black background

We all know how we can be turned around by a magic place; that's why we travel, often. And yet we all know, too, that the change cannot be guaranteed. Travel is a fool's paradise, Emerson reminded us, if we think that we can find anything far off that we could not find at home.


Quote: There has been no persecution I have not tasted, no oppression I have not suffered. I neither care for Paradise nor fear Hell. If I see my nation's belief secured, I will not even care about burning in Hell, for while my body is burning, my heart will be as if in a rose garden. by author Said Nursi overlaid on photo of Said Nursi quote; white text on black background

There has been no persecution I have not tasted, no oppression I have not suffered. I neither care for Paradise nor fear Hell. If I see my nation's belief secured, I will not even care about burning in Hell, for while my body is burning, my heart will be as if in a rose garden.


Quote: To escape and sit quietly on the beach -- that's my idea of paradise. by author Emilia Wickstead overlaid on photo of black fawn pug playing with plush toy
Photo Credit: Charles Deluvio

To escape and sit quietly on the beach -- that's my idea of paradise.


Quote: Rhyme is an attempt to reassemble and reaffirm the possibility of paradise. There is a wholeness, a serenity, in sounds coupling to form a memory. by author Derek Walcott overlaid on photo of red flower in white background
Photo Credit: Yaoqi

Rhyme is an attempt to reassemble and reaffirm the possibility of paradise. There is a wholeness, a serenity, in sounds coupling to form a memory.


Quote: Every time I close my eyes, it's like a dark paradise. No one compares to you, but there's no you, except in my dreams tonight. by author Lana Del Rey overlaid on photo of green leafed plants on forest
Photo Credit: Zoya Konstantinova

Every time I close my eyes, it's like a dark paradise. No one compares to you, but there's no you, except in my dreams tonight.








Quote: Everyone in your culture knows this. Man was born to turn the world into paradise, but tragically he was born flawed. And so his paradise has always been spoiled by stupidty, greed, destructiveness, and shortsightedness. by author Daniel Quinn overlaid on photo of two boy's walking on green grass field
Photo Credit: Kevin Gent

Everyone in your culture knows this. Man was born to turn the world into paradise, but tragically he was born flawed. And so his paradise has always been spoiled by stupidty, greed, destructiveness, and shortsightedness.




Quote: Jealousy is the dragon in paradise; the hell of heaven; and the most bitter of the emotions because it is associated with the sweetest. by author Alfred Richard Orage overlaid on photo of yellow rose flower
Photo Credit: Bence Balla-Schottner

Jealousy is the dragon in paradise; the hell of heaven; and the most bitter of the emotions because it is associated with the sweetest.


Quote: Paradise was always over there, a day's sail away. But it's a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home. by author J. Maarten Troost overlaid on photo of J. Maarten Troost quote; white text on black background

Paradise was always over there, a day's sail away. But it's a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.








Quote: Nature allowed only the fit and the lucky to share this paradise-in-the-making. by author M. L. Stedman overlaid on photo of brown rock formation
Photo Credit: Gautier Salles

Nature allowed only the fit and the lucky to share this paradise-in-the-making.


Quote: By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise. by author Paramahansa Yogananda overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.


Quote: Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts. by author Voltaire overlaid on photo of forest near mountain alps
Photo Credit: Milada Vigerova

Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.


Quote: The only paradise is paradise lost. by author Marcel Proust overlaid on photo of saguaro
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

The only paradise is paradise lost.




Quote: It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of assorted-color beach houses
Photo Credit: Arno Smit

It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.


Quote: Children are the keys of paradise. by author Eric Hoffer overlaid on photo of saguaro
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

Children are the keys of paradise.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Children are the keys of Paradise. They alone are good and wise, because their thoughts, their very lives are prayer.


Quote: Paradise is too perfect for humanity. by author Dario Argento overlaid on photo of sunset
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

Paradise is too perfect for humanity.


Quote: If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of body of water under blue sky during sunset
Photo Credit: Chelsea Audibert

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.


Quote: If we could make our house a home, and then make it a sanctuary, I think we could truly find paradise on Earth. by author Alexandra Stoddard overlaid on photo of red flowers under the blue sky
Photo Credit: Zbynek Burival

If we could make our house a home, and then make it a sanctuary, I think we could truly find paradise on Earth.


Quote: He who aspires to paradise should learn to deal with people with kindness. by author Abu Bakr overlaid on photo of photo of author Abu Bakr with quote

He who aspires to paradise should learn to deal with people with kindness.


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