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HELL
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[ Also see Death Desolation Despair Devil Eternity Future Futurity Heat Heaven Misery Pain Paradise Punishment Religion Remorse Retribution ]

Self-love and the love of the world constitute hell.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg),
        Apocalypse Explained (par. 1,144)

Nay, then, what flames are these that leap and swell
  As 'twere to show, where earth's foundations crack,
    The secrets of the sepulchres of hell
      On Dante's track?
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne, In Guernsey
         (pt. IV, st. 3)

The Lamb is, indeed, the emblem of love; but what so terrible as the wrath of the Lamb? The depth of the mercy despised is the measure of the punishment of him that despiseth. No more fearful words than those of the Saviour. The threatenings of the law were temporal, those of the gospel are eternal. It is Christ who reveals the never-dying worm, the unquenchable fire, and He who contrasts with the eternal joys of the redeemed the everlasting woes of the lost. His loving arms would enfold the whole human race, but not while impenitent or unbelieving; the benefits of His redemption are conditional.
      - Edward Thomson

In the throat
  Of Hell, before the very vestibule
    Of opening Orcus, sit Remorse and Grief,
      And pale Disease, and sad Old Age and Fear,
        And Hunger that persuades to crime, and Want:
          Forms terrible to see. Suffering and Death
            Inhabit here, and Death's own brother Sleep;
              And the mind's evil lusts and deadly War,
                Lie at the threshold, and the iron beds
                  Of the Eumenides; and Discord wild
                    Her viper-locks with bloody fillets bound.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (bk. VI, l. 336),
        (C.P. Cranch's translation)

Easy is the descent to Lake Avernus (mouth of Hades); night and day the gate of gloomy Dis (god of Hades) is open; but to retrace one's steps, and escape to the upper air, this indeed is a task; this indeed is a toil.
  [Lat., Facilis descensus Averno est;
    Noctes atque dies patet atri janua Ditis;
      Sed revocate gradum, superasque evadere ad auras,
        Hoc opus, hic labor est.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (VI, 26)

In the deepest pits of 'Ell,
  Where the worst defaulters dwell
    (Charcoal devils used as fuel as you require 'em),
      There's some lovely coloured rays,
        Pyrotechnical displays,
          But you can't expect the burning to admire 'em!
      - Edgar Wallace, Nature Fails--L'Envoi

Hell is paved with monks' cowls, priests' drapery, and spike helmets.
  [Ger., Die Helle ist mit Monchskappen, Pfaffenfalten, und Pickelhauben gepflastert.]
      - Karl Fred W. Wander,
        traces the saying to 1605

That's the greatest torture souls feel in hell,
  In hell, that they must live, and cannot die.
      - John Webster, Duchess of Malfi
         (act IV, sc. 1, l. 84)

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
      - Tennessee Williams

The language and concepts contained herein are guaranteed not to cause eternal torment in the place where the guy with the horns and pointed stick conducts his business.
      - Frank Zappa


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