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HEAVEN
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In short, heaven is not to be looked upon only as the reward, but as the natural effect, of a religious life.
      - Joseph Addison

It is impossible to have a lively hope in another life, and yet be deeply immersed in the enjoyments of this.
      - Francis Atterbury

Now he [Nebridius] lives in Abraham's bosom.
  [Lat., Nunc ille vivit in sinu Abraham.]
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo),
        Confessions (bk. IX, 3)

I cannot be content with less than heaven.
      - Philip James Bailey

If our Creator has so bountifully provided for our existence here, which is but momentary, and for our temporal wants, which will soon be forgotten, how much more must He have done for our enjoyment in the everlasting world!
      - Hosea Ballou

I must confess, as the experience of my own soul, that the expectation of loving my friends in heaven principally kindles my love to them while on earth.
      - Richard Baxter

Heaven is a place of restless activity, the abode of never-tiring thought.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

One should go to sleep as homesick passengers do, saying, "Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore."
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Some people think black is the color of heaven, and that the more they can make their faces look like midnight, the more evidence they have of grace. But God, who made the sun and the flowers, never sent me to proclaim to you such a lie as that.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

If the way of heaven be narrow, it is not long; and if the gate be straight, it opens into endless life.
      - William Beveridge

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
      - Bible, Hebrews (ch. IV, v. 9)

No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go upon thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
  And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XXXV, v. 9-10)

There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
      - Bible, Job (ch. III, v. 17)

In my Father's house are many mansion: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
      - Bible, John (ch. XIV, v. 2)

Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shall perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
  But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
    Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. V, v. 33)

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
    For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 19-21)

A day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LXXXIV, v. 10)

Heaven would indeed be heaven if lovers were there permitted as much enjoyment as they had experienced on earth.
      - Giovanni Boccaccio

A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven.
      - Boethius

Beyond the smiling and the weeping,
  I shall be soon;
    Beyond the waking and the sleeping,
      Beyond the sowing and the reaping,
        I shall be soon!
          Love, rest, and home--
            Sweet hope! Lord, tarry not, but come!
      - Horatius Bonar, D.D.

There is a land where everlasting suns
  Shed everlasting brightness; where the soul
    Drinks from the living streams of love that roll
      By God's high throne! myriads of glorious ones
        Bring their accepted offering. Oh! how blest
          To look from this dark prison to that shrine,
            To inhale one breath of Paradise divine,
              And enter into that eternal rest
                Which waits the sops of God.
      - Sir John Bowring

Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond;
  But is there anything Beyond?
      - Rupert Brooke, Heaven

Spend in pure converse our eternal day;
  Think each in each, immediately wise;
    Learn all we lacked before; hear, know, and say
      What this tumultuous body now denies;
        And feel, who have laid our groping hands away;
          And see, no longer blinded by our eyes.
      - Rupert Brooke, New Numbers

Heaven does not make holiness, but holiness makes heaven.
      - Phillips Brooks


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