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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!

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

--Eric Weiner

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

--Henning Mankell

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

--Jazalyn

Every beloved object is the center point of a paradise.

--Novalis

This earth will be a paradise when men can, upon all these questions differ, and yet grasp each other's hands as friends.

--Robert G. Ingersoll

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

--Thomas Howard

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

--Lisa Mantchev

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

--Bangambiki Habyarimana

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

--Alain Badiou

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

--Alphonsus Liguori

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

--Abu Bakr

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

--Sheri S. Tepper

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.

--Thomas Gray

Much better an intelligent hell than a stupid paradise.

--Victor Hugo

When she was just a girl she expected the world
But it flew away from her reach
So she ran away in her sleep and dreamed of
Para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise
Every time she closed her eyes.

--Coldplay

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

--Victoria Erickson

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.

--Jacque Fresco

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

--Marcel Proust

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

--Vikrmn

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.

--Akshay Vasu

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

--William Blake

It had been a dream, and dreams lie. Dreams cannot be trusted. Dreams lure you in with promises of your heart's desire, of everything you hope for, of fantasy and fiction made flesh. And then as soon as you reach for paradise, they turn and crush you.

--K.A. Wiggins

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.

--Curtis Tyrone Jones

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

--Curtis Tyrone Jones

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.

--Harlan Coben

One cannot create paradise without maintaining hell.

--Preti Taneja

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

--Craig D. Lounsbrough

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.

--Akshay Vasu

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."

--Nita Bajoria

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.

--Nikos Kazantzakis

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

--Curtis Tyrone Jones


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

--Mukta Singh-Zocchi

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

--Marty Rubin

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.

--Richard Cavendish

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

--Jazalyn

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?

--Darrell Smith

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.

--Anam Thubten

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.

--Anam Thubten

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.

--Eric Overby

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

--Deborah Harkness

Flowers are the remnants of paradise on earth.

--John of Kronstadt

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

--Erich Maria Remarque

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

--Joseph Campbell

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

--John Milton

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

--George Bernard Shaw

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

--Kamila Shamsie

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.

--Donald W. Flood

Every paradise is made possible by blindness.

--Leslie Jamison

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.

--Geffrey Davis

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

--Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani

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.

--Adam Weishaupt

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.

--Henry Miller

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.

--D.T. Suzuki

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

--Marty Rubin

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.

--Adam Weishaupt

The earth is neither fabulous nor paradisal. And therefore it is not hell.

--J.M.G. Le Clézio

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

--Susan Ertz

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.

--Vladimir Nabokov

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

--Bertrand Zobrist

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

--Amy Leigh Mercree

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.

--Rebecca Solnit

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.

--Franz Kafka

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

--Danez Smith

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

--Jules Renard

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

--Wallace Stegner

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

--Anonymous

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

--Charles Eisenstein

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

--Alda Merini

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

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.

--Oscar Wilde

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

--John Milton

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.

--Omar Khayyam

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

--Kevin Hearne

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

--Thomas Fuller

Longer Version:

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


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

--Erin Morgenstern

I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.

--Blaise Pascal

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

--Morgan Rhodes

The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.

--Marcel Proust

The path to paradise begins in hell.

--Dante Alighieri

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.

--Novalis

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

--Victor Hugo

Man hovers between Paradise and the Pit.

--Ariana Franklin

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

--Rumi

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.

--Robert Breault

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.

--Diane Arbus

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.

--Frederick Buechner

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

--Nikos Kazantzakis

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

--Ali ibn Abi Talib

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

--Tintoretto

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!

--Martin Luther

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

--Friedrich Nietzsche

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

--John Keats

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

--Richard Rorty

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

--Christopher Columbus

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

--James Ellis

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

--Alexander Pope
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