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If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake - Aye, what then?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.
Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?
If you cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.
The notion that the 'leader' has the right to ask huge sacrifices of your generation for a notional future paradise - if you'd be good enough to lie down under the wheels of the juggernaut - that sentimental and self-aggrandising rationalisation for brute force and cowardice I felt from adolescence was wrong.
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
W. H. Auden
If religious people deny paradise to their opponents or to 'non-believers,' atheists would likewise seek to eliminate 'dangerous' believers with their 'childish' ways and their heads in the clouds.
I'm obsessed by the idea of making my mark on history. And Arsenal is my paradise.
Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.
We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise.
He who aspires to paradise should learn to deal with people with kindness.
Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture.
I always loved fish for the colors and birds for the plumage. In the same way, I loved those women of the cabaret. They were birds of paradise.
He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.
Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune.
It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
Just as we would have no need of the farmer's labor and toil if we were living amid the delights of paradise, so also we would not require the medical art for relief if we were immune to disease, as was the case, by God's gift, at the time of Creation before the Fall.
If we could make our house a home, and then make it a sanctuary, I think we could truly find paradise on Earth.
Delhi is definitely a foodie's paradise.
The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.
The symbolic view of things is a consequence of long absorption in images. Is sign language the real language of Paradise?
Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.
The only paradise is paradise lost.
A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell!
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