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

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

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

--Richard Rorty

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

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

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

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

--bell hooks
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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.

--Thomas Jefferson

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

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

--Ezra Pound
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Dogs are our link to paradise.

--Milan Kundera

Longer Version:

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

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

--Doug Larson

Longer Version:

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.

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

--Pope Sixtus V
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Traveling is a fool's paradise.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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.

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

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

--Sri Chinmoy
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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.

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

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

--Franz Kafka
photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

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

--Fyodor Dostoevsky
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The paradise of the rich is made out of the hell of the poor.

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

--Phil Collins
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.

--Christina Rossetti
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A good conscience is paradise.

--Jacobus Arminius
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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.

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

--Friedensreich Hundertwasser
photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with 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.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth.

--C.A. Bartol
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Paradise Is exactly like
Where you are right now
Only much much Better.

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

--Mac Anderson

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Paradise is for those who make paradise.

--Ursula K. Le Guin
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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.

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Paradise is a state of mind.

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

--Paulo Coelho
photo of author Fyodor Dostoevsky with quote

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

--Fyodor Dostoevsky
photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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

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

--Anaïs Nin
boat docked near house

There ain't no place like paradise.

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

--John Farnham
photo of author Orison Swett Marden with quote

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

--Orison Swett Marden
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Paradise is not the place you go when you die. Paradise is when your mind is in a perfect state.

--Frederick Lenz
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Create a paradise anywhere you go.


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

--Emilia Wickstead
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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.

--Derek Walcott
photo of author Lana Del Rey with 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.

--Lana Del Rey

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

--Alfred Richard Orage

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

--Serina Hartwell

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

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

--Paramahansa Yogananda
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Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.

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The only paradise is paradise lost.

--Marcel Proust
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The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.

--John Berry (musician)
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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.

--Henry David Thoreau
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Children are the keys of paradise.

--Eric Hoffer

Longer Version:

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

photo of author Dario Argento with quote

Paradise is too perfect for humanity.

--Dario Argento
photo of author Bertrand Russell with 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.

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

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

--Abu Bakr
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