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HEAVEN
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The ascent from earth to heaven is not easy.
  [Lat., Non est ad astra mollis e terris via.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Furens (CCCCXXXVII)

Heaven never helps the man who will not act.
      - William Shakespeare

Heaven's above all; and there be souls that must be saved, and there be souls that must not be saved.
      - William Shakespeare

Heaven, the treasury of everlasting joy!
      - William Shakespeare

Heaven, the widow's champion and defence.
      - William Shakespeare

The love of heaven makes one heavenly.
      - William Shakespeare

There I'll rest, as after much turmoil a blessed soul doth in Elysium.
      - William Shakespeare

Heaven's face does glow,
  And this solidarity and compound mass,
    With heated visage, as against the doom,
      Is thought-sick at the act.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, iv)

(Gloucester:) Were it not good your grace could fly to heaven?
  (King Henry:) The treasury of everlasting joy.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Gloucester & King Henry at II, i)

There's husbandry in heaven;
  Their candles are all out.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Banquo at II, i)

Well, God's above all; and there be souls must be saved, and there be souls must not be saved.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Cassio at II, iii)

And, Father Cardinal, I have heard you say
  That we shall see and know our friends in heaven.
    If that be true, I shall see my boy again,
      For since the birth of Cain, the first male child,
        To him that did but yesterday suspire,
          There was not such a gracious creature born.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv)

Nay sure, he's not in hell! He's in Arthur's bosom. if ever man went to Arthur's bosom. 'A made a finer end, and went away an it had been any christom child. 'A parted ev'n just between twelve and one, ev'n at the turning o' th' tide. For after I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers, and smile upon his finger's end, I knew there was but one way; for his nose was as sharp as a pen, and 'a babbled of green fields. 'How now, Sir John?' quoth I. 'What, man? be o' good cheer.' So 'a cried out 'God, God, God!' three of four times. Now I, to comfort him, bid him 'a should not think of God; I hoped there was no need to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet. So 'a bade me lay more clothes at this feet. I put my hand into the bed and felt them, and they were as cold as any stone. Then I felt to his knees, and so upward and upward, and all was as cold as any stone.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Hostess at II, iii),
        on the death of Falstaff

All places that the eye of heaven visits,
  Are to a wise man ports and happy havens.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at I, iii)

For the selfsame heaven
  That frowns on me looks sadly upon him.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at V, iii)

To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Heaven, the perfection of all that can
  Be said, of thought, riches, delight or harmony,
    Health, beauty; and all those not subject to
      The waste of time, but in their height eternal.
      - James Shirley

Heaven ne'er helps the men who will not act.
      - Sophocles, Fragment (288)

What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not we are told expressly.
      - Jonathan Swift

Straight is the way to Acheron,
  Whether the spirit's race is run
    From Athens or from Meroe:
      Weep not, far from home to die;
        The wind doth blow in every sky
          That wafts us to that doleful sea.
      - John Addington Symonds,
        trans., p. 37 in Tomson's "Selections from the Greek Anthology" in the "Canterbury Poets"

There is but one way to heaven for the learned and the unlearned.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Think of heaven with hearty purposes and peremptory designs to get thither.
      - Jeremy Taylor

We should carry up our affections to the mansions prepared for us above, where eternity is the measure, felicity the state, angels the company, the Lamb the light, and God the inheritance and portion of His people forever.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
      - Henry David Thoreau

O, land of rest, how near thou art! O, judgment-seat of Jesus, how thin are the clouds that veil Thee! Through the rifts of cloudland shine rays from this righteous crown. It is "laid up" for him whose hope can never be satisfied with less than the presence of the King.
      - Stephen Higginson Tyng, Jr.


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