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Hell is truth seen too late.
- Henry Gardiner Adams
He fashioned hell for the inquisitive.
[Lat., Curiosis fabricavit inferos.]
- Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo),
Confessions (bk. XI, ch. XII)
Hell is more bearable than nothingness.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (sc. Heaven)
Hell is the wrath of God--His hate of sin.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus
(sc. Hell, l. 194)
Hell is paved with infants' skulls.
- Richard Baxter, in Hazlitt's "Table Talk"
Hell's court is built deep in a gloomy vale,
High walled with strong damnation, moated round
With flaming brimstone.
- Dr. Joseph Beaumont
Hell is full of good wishes or desires.
[Fr., L'enfer est plein de bonnes volontes ou desirs.]
- Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
Archbishop Trench called it the "queen of all proverbs"
The way of sinners is made plain with stones, but at the end thereof is the pit of hell.
- Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
(ch. XXI, v. 10)
Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the cheif ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
- Bible, Isaiah (ch. XIV, v. 9)
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. IX, v. 18)
The heart of man is the place the devil dwells in; I feel sometimes a hell dwells within myself.
- Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
(pt. I, sec. LI)
But quiet to quick bosoms is a hell,
And there hath been thy bane.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Childe Harold (canto III, st. 42)
Nor ear can hear nor tongue can tell
The tortures of that inward hell!
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
The Giaour (l. 748)
In hell there is no retention.
[Sp., Quien ha infierene nula es retencio.]
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
Don Quixote (I, 25),
Sancho Panza, misquoting the saying
Hell is paved with priests' skulls.
- St. John Chrysostom
If you're going through hell, keep going.
- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)
From all sides there is equally a way to the lower world.
[Lat., Undique ad inferos tantundem viae est.]
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
Tusc. Quoest. (bk. I, 43, 104),
quoted as a saying of Anaxagoras
Hell is paved with good intentions.
- quoted in Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
Notes Theol., Polit., and Miscel.
saying originated by Richard Baxter
There is in hell a place stone-built throughout,
Called Malebolge, of an iron hue,
Like to the wall that circles it about.
- Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Inferno
(canto XVIII, l. 1)
Eternal torments, baths of boiling sulphur,
Vicissitude of fires, and then of frosts.
- John Dryden
We spirits have just such natures
We had for all the world, when human creatures;
And, therefore, I, that was an actress here,
Play all my tricks in hell, a goblin there.
- John Dryden, Tyrannic Love (epilogue)
There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell but the mere pleasure of God.
- Jonathan Edwards
Hell is paved with the skulls of great scholars, and paled in with the bone of great men.
- Giles Firmin, The Real Christian,
quoted as a proverb
There is a place in a black and hollow vault,
Where day is never seen; there shines no sun,
But flaming horror of consuming fires;
A lightless sulphur, chok'd with smoky fogs
Of an infected darkness; in this place
Dwell many thousand thousand sundry sorts
Of never dying deaths; there damn'd souls
Roar without pity; there are gluttons fed
With toads and adders; there is burning oil
Pour'd down the drunkard's throat; the usurer
Is forc'd to sup whole draughts of molten gold;
There is the murderer forever stabb'd,
Yet can he never die; there lies the wanton
On racks of burning steel, while in his soul
He feels the torment of his raging lust;
There stand those wretched things,
Who have dream'd out whole years in lawless sheets,
And secret incests, cursing one another.
- John Ford
Hell is a half-filled auditorium.
- Robert Lee Frost
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