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Heaven

  • The path to heaven lies through heaven, and all the way to heaven is heaven.

  • We cannot take a single step toward heaven. It is not in our power to travel in a vertical direction. If however we look heavenward for a long time, God comes and takes us up.

  • I'll fill your heaven with many colored moons / And hang such variable tides upon them / As strew the astonished fish along the shores.

  • Eden is that old-fashioned House / We dwell in every day / Without suspecting our abode / Until we drive away.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • in Thomas H. Johnson, ed., The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ()
  • Heaven is neither a place nor a time.

  • The 'kingdom of heaven is within,' indeed, but we must also create one without, because we are intended to act upon our circumstances.

    • Florence Nightingale,
    • 1860, in Michael D. Calabria and Janet A. Macrae, eds., Suggestions for Thought ()
  • What's so good about a heaven where, one of these days, you're going to get your embarrassing old body back?

  • Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go there right away.

  • Speak often of Heaven to those who approach you, make them love it as well as the virtues which are required before we can be admitted to our beloved country. For if you know how to draw souls there by your zeal, your good example and your exemplary religious conduct, you may be assured the gates will be opened for you also. I wanted to go to Heaven, but what with one thing and another we have entered the New York Bay. The superintendent of the Customs House Officers and Doctor are all on board.

    • Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini,
    • 1894, in Giovanni Serpentelli, ed., The Travels of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini As Related in Several of Her Letters ()
  • ... heaven is a near / translatable thing; / it's here, / it's there ...

    • H.D.,
    • "Chance Meeting," Red Roses for Bronze ()
  • Heaven is within you, of course, where it has always been ...