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HEAVEN
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Heaven is not to sweep our truths away, but only to turn them till we see their glory, to open them till we see their truth, and to unveil our eyes till for the first time we shall really see them.
      - Phillips Brooks

God keeps a niche
  In Heaven, to hold our idols; and albeit
    He brake them to our faces, and denied
      That our close kisses should impair their white,--
        I know we shall behold them raised, complete,
          The dust swept from their beauty, glorified,
            New Memnons singing in the great God-light.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        Sonnet--Futurity with the Departed

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
  Or what's a heaven for?
      - Robert Browning, Andrea del Sarto (l. 97)

Ah, what without a heaven would be even love!--a perpetual terror of the separation that must one day come.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

What, after all, is heaven, but a transition from dim guesses and blind struggling with a mysterious and adverse fate to the fullness of all wisdom--from ignorance, in a word, to knowledge, but knowledge of what order?
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

All places are distant from heaven alike.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. II, sec. III, Memb. 4)

It doth not yet appear what we shall be. We lie here in our nest, unfledged and weak, guessing dimly at our future, and scarce believing what even now appears. But the power is in us, and that power is finally to be revealed. And what a revelation will that be!
      - Horace Bushnell

In hope to merit Heaven by making earth a Hell.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto I, st. 20)

To appreciate heaven well
  'Tis good for a man to have some fifteen minutes of hell.
      - Will Carleton,
        Farm Ballads--Gone with a Handsomer Man

The road to heaven lies as near by water as by land.
      - Jeremy Collier, Ecclesiastical History
         (IV, 241), (ed. 1852)

Heaven means to be one with God.
      - Confucius,
        quoted by Frederic William Farrar in "Sermons--Eternal Hopes--What Heaven Is", last line

Where tempests never beat nor billows roar.
      - William Cowper,
        On the Receipt of My Mother's Picture

In our father's house it will not be the pearl gate or the streets of gold that will make us happy. But oh, how transcendently glad shall we be when we see our Lord. Perhaps in that "upper room," also, He may show us His hands and His side, and we may cry out with happy Thomas, "My Lord and my God!"
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

If I am allowed to give a metaphorical allusion to the future state of the blessed, I should imagine it by the orange-grove in that sheltered glen on which the sun is now beginning to shine, and of which the trees are at the same time, loaded with sweet golden fruit and balmy silver flowers. Such objects may well portray a state in which hope and fruition become one eternal feeling.
      - Sir Humphrey Davy

And so upon this wise I prayed,--
  Great Spirit, give to me
    A heaven not so large as yours
      But large enough for me.
      - Emily Dickinson, A Prayer

Since Heaven's eternal year is thine.
      - John Dryden, Elegy on Mrs. Killegrew
         (l. 15)

Nor can his blessed soul look down from heaven,
  Or break the eternal sabbath of his rest.
      - John Dryden, The Spanish Friar
         (act V, sc. 2)

Every Christian that goes before us from this world is a ransomed spirit waiting to welcome us in heaven.
      - Jonathan Edwards

What tranquillity will there be in heaven! Who can express the fullness and blessedness of this peace! What a calm is this! How sweet and holy and joyous! What a haven of rest to enter, after having passed through the storms and tempests of this world, in which pride and selfishness and envy and malice and scorn and contempt and contention and vice are as waves of a restless ocean, always rolling, and often dashed about in violence and fury! What a Canaan of rest to come to, after going through this waste and howling wilderness, full of snares and pitfalls and poisonous serpents, where no rest could be found.
      - Jonathan Edwards

Heaven sometimes hedges a rare character about with ungainliness and odium, as the burr that protects the fruit.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ship of heaven guides itself and will not accept a wooden rudder.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Twas whispered in Heaven, 'twas muttered in hell
  And echo caught faintly the sound as it fell.
    On the confines of earth 'twas permitted to rest,
      And the depths of the ocean its presence confessed.
      - Catherine Marie Fanshawe,
        Enigma (The letter H)

Think how completely all the griefs of this mortal life will be compensated by one age, for instance, of the felicities beyond the grave.
      - John Foster (1)

As we look up into these glorious culminations, how grand life becomes! To be forever with the Lord, and forever changing into His likeness, and, still more, forever deepening in the companionship of His thought and bliss, "from glory to glory"--could we desire more?
      - Randolph S. Foster

Death must obliterate all memories and affections and ideas and laws, or the awakening in the next world will be amid the welcomes, and loves and raptures of those who left us with tearful farewells, and with dying promises that they would wait to welcome us when we should arrive. And so they do. Not sorrowfully, not anxiously, but lovingly, they wait to bid us welcome.
      - Randolph S. Foster


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