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182 Heavenly Quotes About Paradise

Ah, paradise. Or bliss, heaven, utopia, wonderland, Arcadia, Eden, Shangri-la, Avalon, Zion, ultimate delight, felicity, the Promised Land, Cloud Nine, the divine abode, the happy hunting ground, the heavenly kingdom, the kingdom come, next world, paradisiac, Oh Pearly Gates, Elysium, the Elysian Fields, or the Garden of Eden. Potentially lost, potentially to be found. Whatever name you give the concept, humankind has spent much thought and effort in our quest for "Paradise."

Here we present a large collection of paradise quotes for you to ponder and share. We hope you enjoy them!

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The only true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.

--Marcel Proust

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Every object that is loved forms the center of a paradise.

--William Blake

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The thing about paradise, though, is we don't always recognize it immediately. Its paradiseness takes time to sink in.

--Eric Weiner

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You breathe into my words and animate them with life. I'd fall from heaven a trillion times over to die in the softness of your paradise.

--Curtis Tyrone Jones

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You never plant trees whose leaves are merely locks when your mind becomes a forbidden paradise of independent thought.

--Curtis Tyrone Jones

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Paradise is not something that we create. Rather, it is something that we find.

--Craig D. Lounsbrough

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Sometimes, what we need the most is the strength to survive in this world. Which forces us to pay, to watch the demons destroy the paradises we built and dance on its ruins.

--Akshay Vasu

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She was his Eve. He was her fall. He'd make the leaves of her trees blush, then he'd undress them all.

--Curtis Tyrone Jones

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Paradise might have been here; and it is certainly here amid these forests that the Lord God now is resting, recovering from that huge disaster that was the creation of mankind.

--José Eduardo Agualusa

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He had thought enough during the day. The time for thinking was now over. Thoughts tortured and in paradise one sought only pleasure.

--Mukta Singh-Zocchi

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To find one's paradise, one needn't travel far, only well.

--Marty Rubin

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Can I go to heaven if you don't? And if I do go someplace where my paradise is detached from your eternity, where the hell am I?

--Darrell Smith

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The Fantasy is a reassurance -- a promise that the peace of Paradise... is not to be lost.

--Joseph Campbell

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If your head is in the shade of love then surely your feet are in paradise.

--Kamila Shamsie

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The door of Paradise is very wide. Don't put an embargo on Allah's mercy. Leave it open, it is enough for everyone.

--Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani

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Find the exotic where you are.

--Adrienne Posey

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It's time to make your stand. It's you against the world. It's you contra mundum. This world is hell, but good, rational people of strong will can convert it into paradise.

--Adam Weishaupt

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Nobody is fully ready for paradise. That is why
'the kingdom come' will be like thief in the night.

--Toba Beta

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Idle to pretend that we have lost paradise. We never had it; it is still to make.

--Susan Ertz

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Spread kindness, caring, and compassion and create your own paradise. Infuse it with joy and you've created heaven on earth.

--Amy Leigh Mercree

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Paradise is a world where everything is a sanctuary and nothing is a gun.

--Danez Smith

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Paradise will be a kind of library.

--Jorge Luis Borges

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Whoever treads a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make easy for him the path to Paradise.


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How beautiful can life be? We hardly dare imagine it.

--Charles Eisenstein

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I don't like Paradise,
As they probably don't have obsessions there.

--Alda Merini

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Certainly paradise, whatever, wherever it be, contains flaws. (Paradisical flaws, if you like.) If it did not, it would be incapable of drawing the hearts of men or angels.

--Henry Miller

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The mind is a universe and can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

--John Milton

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That's right, there's free beer in Irish paradise. Everyone's jealous.

--Kevin Hearne

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A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell.

--Thomas Fuller

Longer Version:

A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell!

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I mean only that I hope they find darkness or paradise without fear of it, if they can.

--Erin Morgenstern

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I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.

--Blaise Pascal

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The Bible begins gloriously with Paradise, the symbol of youth, and ends with the everlasting kingdom, with the holy city. The history of every man should be a Bible.


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Often it's just a short swim from the shipwreck of your life to the island paradise of your dreams, assuming you don't drown in the metaphor.

--Robert Breault

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Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep;
whoever sleeps long, does not sin;
whoever does not sin, enters Heaven!
Thus, let us drink beer!

--Martin Luther

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Where there is the tree of knowledge, there is always Paradise: so say the most ancient and most modern serpents.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

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We are equal inhabitants of a paradise of individuals in which everybody has the right to be understood.

--Richard Rorty

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He who has gold makes and accomplishes whatever he wishes in the world and finally uses it to send souls to paradise.

--Christopher Columbus

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

--James Ellis

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The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created.

--Bell hooks

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It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse.

--Ezra Pound

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Dogs are our link to paradise.

--Milan Kundera

Longer Version:

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.

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In looking for the keys of paradise, a pope may stoop a little; having found them, he should rise again.

--Pope Sixtus V

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Traveling is a fool's paradise.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from. I seek the Vatican, and the palaces. I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated. My giant goes with me wherever I go.

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All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.

--Toni Morrison

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Paradise is not a place; it's a state of consciousness.

--Sri Chinmoy

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Paradise is the here and now, the actual, tangible, dogmatically real Earth on which we stand. Yes, God bless America, the Earth upon which we stand.

--Edward Abbey

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Think of what a paradise this world would be if men were kind and wise.

--Kurt Vonnegut

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Because of impatience we were driven out; because of impatience we cannot return.

--Franz Kafka

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It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Think twice; it's just another day for you and me in paradise.

--Phil Collins

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The loves that meet in Paradise shall cast out fear,
And Paradise hath room for you and me and all.

--Christina Rossetti

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I'm goin' to take a little trip, down paradise's endless shores. They say that travel broadens the mind, till you can't get your head out of doors.

--Elvis Costello

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We do not understand that life is paradise, for it suffices only to wish to understand it, and at once paradise will appear in front of us in its beauty.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Paradise Is exactly like
Where you are right now
Only much much Better.

--Laurie Anderson

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You cannot avoid paradise. You can only avoid seeking it.

--Joko Beck

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Paradise is for those who make paradise.

--Ursula K. Le Guin

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Paradise is not somewhere else... it is within you. And it is not in some other time, after death... It is in you right now.


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Paradise is a state of mind.

--Dolly Parton

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You should paint those visions of paradise rather than just talking about them.

--Paulo Coelho

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Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all around us and we do not understand.

--Thomas Merton

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Travel is seeking the lost paradise. It is the supreme illusion of love.

--Anaïs Nin

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There ain't no place like paradise.

--Tupac Shakur

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Rhyme is an attempt to reassemble and reaffirm the possibility of paradise. There is a wholeness, a serenity, in sounds coupling to form a memory.

--Derek Walcott

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Everyone in your culture knows this. Man was born to turn the world into paradise, but tragically he was born flawed. And so his paradise has always been spoiled by stupidty, greed, destructiveness, and shortsightedness.

--Daniel Quinn

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Just past hell lies paradise. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of that.

--Serina Hartwell

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Nature allowed only the fit and the lucky to share this paradise-in-the-making.

--M. L. Stedman

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Paradise has never been about places. It exists in moments. In connection. In flashes across time.

--Victoria Erickson

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Chirpy greens, free thoughts, a paper, a pen and a crazy mind; Authors' paradise.


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One cannot create paradise without maintaining hell.

--Preti Taneja

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In this way, without understanding how, I entered sleep together with Christ's passion and the nightingales' warbling, just as the soul will enter Paradise.

--Nikos Kazantzakis

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Healing a broken heart can open a heavenly door to the paradise.


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If we all did what we should, we would wake to find ourselves in paradise.

--Deborah Harkness

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Flowers are the remnants of paradise on earth.

--John of Kronstadt

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Peace, a fireplace, books, silence ... Before this was seen as one philistinism. Now these are dreams of a lost paradise.

--Erich Maria Remarque

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Whom hast thou then, or what, to accuse,
but heaven's free love dealt equally t'all?

--John Milton

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God has given us a world that nothing but our own folly keeps from being a paradise.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Every paradise is made possible by blindness.

--Leslie Jamison

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Wilderness is the void that we fill with paradise or prison, heaven or hell. A valley we can flow through or struggle against. Maybe one day I would learn how to live in the in-between place called home.

--Heather Durham

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We only enter paradise through a door we open for ourselves.

--Marty Rubin

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The earth is neither fabulous nor paradisal. And therefore it is not hell.

--J.M.G. Le Clézio

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It has always been this way. Death is followed by birth. To reach paradise, man must pass through inferno.

--Bertrand Zobrist

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"Is this Paradise?''
"I can guarantee you that it isn't," Jubal assured him. "My taxes are due this week."

--Robert A. Heinlein

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Paradise does not exist, but we must nonetheless strive to be worthy of it.

--Jules Renard

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Wherever you find the greatest good, you will find the greatest evil, because evil loves paradise as much as good.

--Wallace Stegner

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By having good memories on every place you just visit,
you are building paradise in your own heart and your life.

--Toba Beta

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Why can't these American women stay in their own country? They are always telling us that it is the paradise for women.
It is. That is the reason why, like Eve, they are so excessively anxious to get out of it.

--Oscar Wilde

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A book of verses underneath the bough
A flask of wine, a loaf of bread and thou
Beside me singing in the wilderness
And wilderness is paradise now.

--Omar Khayyám

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Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls.

--Morgan Rhodes

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The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.

--Marcel Proust

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The path to paradise begins in hell.

--Dante Alighieri

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You deal with mythological stuff for a few years, you learn that paradises are usually places where you get killed.

--Rick Riordan

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The rich's paradise was created by the poor's hell.

--Victor Hugo

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Man hovers between Paradise and the Pit.

--Ariana Franklin

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Paradise is surrounded by what we dislike; the fires of hell are surrounded by what we desire.


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We have our brush and colors -- paint Paradise and in we go.

--Nikos Kazantzakis

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Your souls are precious and can only be equal to the price of Paradise, therefore sell them only at that price.

--Ali ibn Abi Talib

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Grant me paradise in this world; I'm not so sure I'll reach it in the next.


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Fanatics have their dreams, wherewith they weave a paradise for a sect.

--John Keats

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

--Alexander Pope

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How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the earth were it not for misgovernment and a diversion of his energies to selfish interests.

--Thomas Jefferson

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

--John Dryden

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Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, and paradise is when you have none.

--Doug Larson

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The paradise of the rich is made out of the hell of the poor.

--Victor Hugo

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A good conscience is paradise.

--Jacobus Arminius

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Paradises an only be made with our own hands, with our own creativity in harmony with the free creativity of nature.

--Friedensreich Hundertwasser

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Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth.

--C.A. Bartol

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If I am happy inside, then I live in paradise no matter where my residence is.

--Mac Anderson

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Life is paradise, and we are all in paradise, but we refuse to see it.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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And all I do is look into your eyes
For that special touch of paradise.

--John Farnham

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Paradise is here or nowhere: you must take your joy with you or you will never find it.

--Orison Swett Marden

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Paradise is not the place you go when you die. Paradise is when your mind is in a perfect state.

--Frederick Lenz

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Create a paradise anywhere you go.


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To escape and sit quietly on the beach -- that's my idea of paradise.

--Emilia Wickstead

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Every time I close my eyes, it's like a dark paradise. No one compares to you, but there's no you, except in my dreams tonight.

--Lana Del Rey

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Jealousy is the dragon in paradise; the hell of heaven; and the most bitter of the emotions because it is associated with the sweetest.

--Alfred Richard Orage

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Paradise is open to all kind hearts.

--Pierre Jean de Beranger

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Paradise is too perfect for humanity.

--Dario Argento

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Much better an intelligent hell than a stupid paradise.

--Victor Hugo

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The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.

--John Berry

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I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there.

--Charles de Secondat

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Postulating a heaven gives man an out for having been unable to retain the paradise he was given here on earth.

--Sheri S. Tepper

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If we could make our house a home, and then make it a sanctuary, I think we could truly find paradise on Earth.

--Alexandra Stoddard

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It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.

--Henry David Thoreau

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When she was just a girl she expected the world
But it flew away from her reach
So she ran away in her sleep and dreamed of
Para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise
Every time she closed her eyes.


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If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.

--Bertrand Russell

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By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.

--Paramahansa Yogananda

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Children are the keys of paradise.

--Eric Hoffer

Longer Version:

Children are the keys of Paradise. They alone are good and wise, because their thoughts, their very lives are prayer.

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He who indulges in falsehood will find the paths of paradise shut to him.

--Abu Bakr

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The heart of man is, so to speak, the paradise of God.

--Alphonsus Liguori

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There is a kind of serenity in love which is almost a paradise.

--Alain Badiou

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I think we are living in paradise with regards to the ways we can amuse ourselves, communicate. We have such a richness of possibilities.

--Ian Watson

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Make your paradise here on earth, your own little paradise.

--Bangambiki Habyarimana

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