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Nor from hell
  One step no more than from himself can fly
    By change of place.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 21)

Myself am Hell;
  And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep,
    Still threat'ning to devour me, opens wide;
      To which the hell I suffer seems a heaven.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 75)

All hell broke loose.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 918)

The gates that now
  Stood open wide, belching outrageous flame
    Far into Chaos, since the fiend pass'd through.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. X, l. 232)

Hell is paved with good intentions, and roofed with lost opportunities.
      - Old Portugese Saying

Hell is both sides of the tomb, and a devil may be respectable and wear good clothes.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

There is no redemption from hell.
  [Lat., In inferno nulla est redemptio.]
      - Pope Paul III (Pope Allessandro Farnese),
        said when Michelangelo refused to alter a portrait among condemned in his "Last Judgment"

The place thou saw'st was hell, the groans thou heard'st
  The wailings of the damn'd, of those who would
    Not be redeem'd.
      - Robert Pollok

To rest, the cushion and soft dean invite,
  Who never mentions hell to ears polite.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. IV, l. 149)

Ev'n thus in hell, wander the restless damn'd:
  From scorching flames to chilling frosts they run;
    Then from their frosts to fires return again,
      And only prove variety of pain.
      - Nicholas Rowe

In the utmost solitudes of nature, the existence of hell seems to me as legibly declared by a thousand spiritual utterances as that of heaven.
      - John Ruskin

Do not be troubled by St. Bernard's saying that "Hell is full of good intentions and wills."
      - Saint Francis de Sales,
        Letter to Madame de Chantal--Letter XII

Men have feverishly conceived a heaven only to find it insipid, and a hell to find it ridiculous.
      - George Santayana

Hell is other people.
      - Jean-Paul Sartre

Divines and dying men may talk of hell,
  But in my heart her several torments dwell.
      - William Shakespeare

Hell is empty,
  And all the devils are here.
      - William Shakespeare

Black is the badge of hell,
  The hue of dungeons, and the school of night;
    And beauty's crest becomes the heavens well.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Ferdinand, King of Navarre at IV, iii)

I think the devil will not have me damned, lest the oil that's in me should set hell on fire.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at V, v)

All but mariners
  Plunged in the foaming brine and quit the vessel;
    Then all afire with me the King's son Ferdinand,
      With hair up-standing (then liek reeds, not hair),
        Was the first man that leapt; cried 'Hell is empty,
          And all the devils are here!'
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Ariel at I, ii)

Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.
      - George Bernard Shaw

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

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Parents and Children

Hell is a city much like London--
  A populous and a smoky city;
    There are all sorts of people undone,
      And there is little or no fun done;
        Small justice shown, and still less pity.
 * * * * *|Lawyers--judges--old hobnobbers
Are there--bailiffs--chancellors
  Bishops--great and little robbers--
      Men of glory in the wars.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

It has been more wittily than charitably said that hell is paved with good intentions; they have their place in heaven also.
      - Robert Southey, Colloquies on Society

St. Austin might have returned another answer to him that asked him, "What God employed himself about beofre the world was made?" "He was making hell."
      - Robert Southey, Commonplace Book
         (fourth series, p. 591)

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