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PARADISE
[ Also see Angels Delight Eternity Future Futurity Glory Happiness Heaven Hell Immortality ]

In the nine heavens are eight Paradises;
  Where is the ninth one? In the human breast.
    Only the blessed dwell in th' Paradises,
      But blessedness dwells in the human breast.
      - William R. Alger,
        Oriental Poetry--The Ninth Paradise

A good conscience is paradise.
      - Jacobus Arminius (f/k/a Jacob Harmensen or Jacob Hermansz)

Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

It is for you that paradise is opened, the tree of life is planted, the age to come is prepared, plenty is provided, a city is built, rest is appointed, goodness is established and wisdom perfected beforehand.
      - Bible, II Esdras (ch. VIII, v. 52)

Or were I in the wildest waste,
  Sae bleak and bare, sae bleak and bare,
    The desert were a paradise
      If thou wert there, if thou were there.
      - Robert Burns,
        Oh! Wert Thou in the Cold Blast

In this fool's paradise, he drank delight.
      - George Crabbe, The Borough Players
         (letter XII)

Having mourned your sin, for outward Eden lost, find paradise within.
      - John Dryden

An inherent sense of man makes him long for an eternal paradise.
      - James Ellis

Nor count compartments of the floors,
  But mount to paradise
    By the stairway of surprise.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Merlin

The meanest floweret of the vale,
  The simplest note that swells the gale,
    The common sun, the air, the skies,
      To him are open paradise.
      - Thomas Gray,
        Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitudes
         (l. 53)

Dry your eyes--O dry your eyes,
  For I was taught in Paradise
    To ease my breast of melodies.
      - John Keats (1), Fairy Song

A book of Verses underneath the Bough,
  A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread, and Thou
    Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
      On, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 12),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

Mahomet was taking his afternoon nap in his Paradise. An houri had rolled a cloud under his head, and he was snoring serenely near the fountain of Salsabil.
      - Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine (used pseudonym Jean Quatrelles),
        Croquemitaine (bk. II, ch. IX),
        (Hood's translation)

Every man has a paradise around him till he sins, and the angel of an accusing conscience drives him from his Eden.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I suppose what makes me most glad is that we all recognize each other in this metaphysical space of silence and happening, and get some sense, for a moment, that we are full of paradise without knowing it.
      - Thomas Merton

The paradise of fools, to few unknown.
      - John Milton

A limbo large and broad, since call'd
  The Paradise of Fools to few unknown.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 495)

So on he fares, and to the border comes,
  Of Eden, where delicious Paradise,
    Now nearer, crowns with her enclosure green,
      As with a rural mound, the champain head
        Of a steep wilderness.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 131)

One morn a Peri at the gate
  Of Eden stood disconsolate.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri

To the Elysian shades dismiss my soul, where no carnation fades.
      - Alexander Pope

The true paradises are the lost paradises.
      - Marcel Proust

The loves that meet in Paradise shall cast out fear,
  And Paradise hath room for you and me and all.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti,
        Saints and Angels (st. 10)

In looking for the keys of paradise, a pope may stoop a little; having found them, he should rise again.
      - Sixtus V (Felix Peretti)

There is no expeditious road
  To pack and label men for God,
    And save them by the barrel-load.
      Some may perchance, with strange surprise,
        Have blundered into Paradise.
      - Francis Thompson, Epilogue (st. 2)


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