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hell Quotes

61 of the best book quotes about hell
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“We can embrace love; its not too late. Why do we sleep, instead with hate? Belief requires no suspension to see that Hell is our invention.”
Dean Koontz
author
The Book of Counted Sorrows
book
invention
embracing struggles
love
hate
hell
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“We make Hell real; we stoke its fires. And in its flames our hope expires. Heaven, too, is merely our creation. We can grant ourselves our own salvation. All that’s required is imagination.”
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“Some people are born again; evil-doers go to hell; righteous people go to heaven; those who are free from all worldly desires attain Nirvana.”
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″‘The anguish of the people Who are below here in my face depicts That pity which for terror thou has taken.‘”
Virgil
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fear
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“THROUGH ME THE WAY INTO THE SUFFERING CITY, THROUGH ME THE WAY TO THE ETERNAL PAIN, THROUGH ME THE WAY THAT RUNS AMONG THE LOST. JUSTICE URGED ON MY HIGH ARTIFICER; MY MAKER WAS DIVINE AUTHORITY, THE HIGHEST WISDOM, AND THE PRIMAL LOVE. BEFORE ME NOTHING BUT ETERNAL THINGS ABANDON EVERY HOPE, WHO ENTER HERE. These words – their aspect was obscure – I read inscribed above a gateway”
God
person
Dante
character
hell
love
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″‘Now I will have thee know, the other time I here descended to the nether Hell, This precipice had not yet fallen down.‘”
Virgil
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“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
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“Without hope we live in desire.”
Virgil
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hoping
hell
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“The shepherds opened the door and told them to look in. They looked in and it was very dark and smoky. From within the darkness they also thought they heard the rumbling sound of fire accompanied by tormented cries. And the smell of brimstone wafted from the door. Christian turned to the shepherds and asked, ‘What does this mean?’ The shepherds told them, ‘This is a byway to hell, where hypocrites enter in.‘”
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“E’en hell hath its peculiar laws.”
Faust
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Faust
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laws
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“The demand of the loveless and the self-imprisoned that they should be allowed to blackmail the universe: that till they consent to be happy (on their own terms) no one else shall taste joy: that theirs should be the final power; that Hell should be able to veto Heaven.”
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“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
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“Thou cam’st on earth to make the earth my hell.”
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“Me miserable! which way shall I flie Infinite wrauth, and infinite despaire? Which way I flie is Hell; my self am Hell; And in the lowest deep a lower deep Still threatning to devour me opens wide, To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heav’n.”
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“Would thou were shipp’d to hell Rather than rob me of the people’s hearts!”
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“Hell is the absence of the people you long for.”
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“I was just getting ready to stick my tongue out at them; but then I thought about what Miss Franny said, about war being hell, and I thought about what Gloria Dump said, about not judging them too hard. And so I just waved instead.”
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“There’s no good way to lose a loved one—just, in the words of one twenty-six-year-old woman, ‘different kinds of hell.’ ”
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“As in large troops And multitudinous, when winter reigns, The starlings on their wings are borne abroad; So bears the tyrannous gust those evil souls. On this side and on that, above, below, It drives them: hope of rest to solace them Is none, nor e’en of milder pang.”
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“THROUGH me you pass into the city of woe: Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric mov’d: To rear me was the task of power divine, Supremest wisdom, and primeval love. Before me things create were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I endure. All hope abandon ye who enter here.”
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“Eternal fire, That inward burns, shows them with ruddy flame Illum’d.”
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“I hadn’t even left my room and already my day had taken a U-turn straight to hell.”
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“This is the first time I ever felt really actually in danger of hell.”
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“The steep descent into Hell is always paved with good intentions.”
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“The Doors of Hell Are threefold, whereby men to ruin pass,-- The door of Lust, the door of Wrath, the door Of Avarice. Let a man shun those three!”
Anonymous
author
Krishna
character
hell
greed
lust
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“The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked; his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire ... you are ten thousand times so abominable in his eyes, as the most hateful and venomous serpent is in ours.”
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“Almost every natural man that hears of hell, flatters himself that he shall escape it; he depends upon himself for his own security; he flatters himself in what he has done, in what he is now doing, or what he intends to do.”
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“There is laid in the very nature of carnal men a foundation for the torments of hell. ”
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“It would be a wonder, if some that are now present should not be in hell in a very short time, before this year is out. And it would be no wonder if some persons that now sit here in ... this meeting-house in health, and quiet and secure, should be there before to-morrow morning.”
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“She wears strength and darkness equally well, the girl has always been half goddess, half hell.”
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“In my dreams, I was always free. I was happy, and I was with him. (...) It was always heaven like this with Trace. My own piece of paradise within the burning inferno.”
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“Hell on earth had come, and Trace was really gone.”
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“Hell waits in a doctor’s office, tapping his shoe against a loose strip of carpet, holding a magazine in front of his face, trying to look professional, whilst eyeing the children’s toys.”
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“Or are their dark fears exaggerated? Are these doom-criers addlepated? Those who fear the coming of all Hells are those who should be feared themselves”
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“Stranger fiends hide here in human guise than reside in the valleys of Hell. But goodness, kindness and love arise in the heart of the poor beast, as well.”
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“I’ll follow thee and make a heaven of hell, To die upon the hand I love so well.”
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“O, then, what graces in my love do dwell, That he hath turn’d a heaven unto a hell!”
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“The mind is its own place, and in it self Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.”
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“Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n.”
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“Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to Light.”
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Hell is not for eternity.
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Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
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“To suffer terribly and to know yourself as the cause: that is Hell.”
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“The swirling surf had covered his death, hidden deep in murky darkness his miserable end, as hell opened to receive him.”
Anonymous
author
Grendel
character
death
hell
concepts
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“Emotional energy has got to go somewhere, and self-loathing is a powerful emotion. Turned inwards, it becomes our personal hells: addiction, obsession, compulsion, depression, violent relationships, illness. Projected outward it becomes our collective hells: violence, war, crime, oppression. But it’s all the same thing. Hell has many mansions too.”
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“Love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of heaven. Fear in your mind produces fear in your life. This is the meaning of hell.”
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“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
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“I am so sick of you stealing my joy. But that’s changing too. My joy doesn’t come from my friends, it doesn’t come from my job, it doesn’t even come from my husband. My joy is found in Jesus, and just in case you forgot, He has already defeated you. So go back to hell where you belong and leave my family alone!”
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“That is why, at the end of all things, when the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say, “we have never lived anywhere except in heaven,’ and the Lost, “We were always in Hell.” And both will speak truly.”
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“Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.”
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“The whole difficulty of understanding Hell is that the thing to be understood is so nearly nothing.”
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″... If they leave that grey town behind it will not have been Hell. To any that leaves it, it is Purgatory. ”
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“All Hell is smaller than one pebble of your earthly world; but it is smaller than one atom of this world, the Real World.”
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“Dear Die-ary, I’ve been to heaven and hell...and I still don’t know if there is a god or a devil. Still...it’s something to write about.”
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“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t.”
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“I didn’t want to be in hell, even for a moment. I sure as hell wasn’t going there just to spit in the face of the Prince of Darkness, whoever he might be!”
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“Oh Lestat, you deserved everything that’s ever happened to you. You better not die. You might actually go to hell.”
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“Hell’s Bells ringing, my secret music...”
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“All creatures in hell are supposed to hate one another, as all the saved hate the damned, without reservation.”
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“When you get to hell, John, tell them Daisy sent you.”
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“How Hell could be a worse place than Huangling on that terrible night, she couldn’t imagine.”

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