Paradise is a religious or metaphysical term for a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and eternal; in contrast to the miseries of normal existence, in paradise there is only peace, prosperity, and happiness. It is a place of contentment, but it is not necessarily one of luxury or idleness, and often described as a "higher" place, the holiest place, in contrast to the normal world, or an underworlds such as Hell.
- 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, "The Ninth Paradise", Poetry of the Orient (1865), p. 223.
- If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
- I would gladly wander in Paradise,
But it is far away and there is no road.
- T'ao Ch'ien, Substance, Shadow, and Spirit, "Shadow replies" (transl. by Arthur Waley).
- 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 (1754), line 53.
- Aus dem Paradies, das Cantor uns geschaffen, soll uns niemand vertreiben können.
- No one shall expel us from the Paradise that Cantor has created.
- David Hilbert Über das Unendliche (On the Infinite), Math. Ann. 95.
- Where palaces in much may rival thee
- Their ladies gay, thy lightning's dazzling powers--
- Symphonic drums, thy thunder's melody
- Their bright mosaic floors, thy silver showers
- Thy rainbow, paintings, and thy height, cloud-licking towers.
- Where the autumn lotus in dear fingers shines,
- And lodh-flowers' April dust on faces rare,
- Spring amaranth with winter jasmine twines
- In women's braids, and summer siris fair,
- The rainy madder in the parting of their hair.
- Where men with maids whose charm no blemish mars
- Climb to the open crystal balcony
- Inlaid with flower-like sparkling of the stars,
- And drink the love-wine from the wishing-tree,
- And listen to the drums' deep-thundering dignity.
- Where maidens whom the gods would gladly wed
- Are fanned by breezes cool with Ganges' spray
- In shadows that the trees of heaven spread;
- In golden sands at hunt-the-pearl they play,
- Bury their little fists, and draw them void away.
- Where lovers' passion-trembling fingers cling
- To silken robes whose sashes flutter wide,
- The knots undone; and red-lipped women fling,
- Silly with shame, their rouge from side to side,
- Hoping in vain the flash of jewelled lamps to hide.
- Where, brought to balconies' palatial tops
- By ever-blowing guides, were clouds before
- Like thee who spotted paintings with their drops;
- Then, touched with guilty fear, were seen no more,
- But scattered smoke-like through the lattice' grated door.
- Where from the moonstones hung in nets of thread
- Great drops of water trickle in the night--
- When the moon shines clear and thou, O cloud, art fled--
- To ease the languors of the women's plight
- Who lie relaxed and tired in love's embraces tight.
- Where lovers, rich with hidden wealth untold,
- Wander each day with nymphs for ever young,
- Enjoy the wonders that the gardens hold,
- The Shining Gardens, where the praise is sung
- Of the god of wealth by choirs with love-impassioned tongue.
- Where sweet nocturnal journeys are betrayed
- At sunrise by the fallen flowers from curls
- That fluttered as they stole along afraid,
- By leaves, by golden lotuses, by pearls,
- By broken necklaces that slipped from winsome girls.
- Where the god of love neglects his bee-strung bow,
- Since Shiva's friendship decks Kubera's reign;
- His task is done by clever maids, for lo!
- Their frowning missile glances, darting plain
- At lover-targets, never pass the mark in vain.
- Where the wishing-tree yields all that might enhance
- The loveliness of maidens young and sweet:
- Bright garments, wine that teaches eyes to dance,
- And flowering twigs, and rarest gems discrete,
- And lac-dye fit to stain their pretty lotus-feet.
- A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
- "Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you" is the greatest phrase ever written. If everyone followed that creed, this world would be a paradise.
- A limbo large and broad, since call'd
The Paradise of Fools to few unknown.
- 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.
- Know ye that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California, very close to that part of the Terrestrial Paradise, which was inhabited by black women without a single man among them, and they lived in the manner of Amazons. They were robust of body with strong passionate hearts and great virtue. The island itself is one of the wildest in the world on account of the bold and craggy rocks.
- One morn a Peri at the gate
Of Eden stood disconsolate.
- Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh (1817), Paradise and the Peri.
- He who builds a mosque in the way of Allah, God will build a house for him in the paradise.
- The word paradise comes from the Persian word pairidaeza, which means "walled garden." ...There never was a Garden of Eden, but there was, perhaps, a Garden of Ediacara... blob-like creatures that lived in the sea...
- Stanley A. Rice, Life of Earth: Portrait of a Beautiful, Middle-aged Stressed-out World (2011)
- She approached the gates of Paradise on earth, and saw the Cherubim guarding the gates of Paradise, and sat down facing the Flaming Sword, for she originated from that flame. When that flame revolved, she fled.
- Zohar 1:119b
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 578-79.
- 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 wert 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.
- Nor count compartments of the floors,
But mount to paradise
By the stairway of surprise.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Merlin.
- Unto you is paradise opened.
- II Esdras, VIII. 52.
- Dry your eyes—O dry your eyes,
For I was taught in Paradise
To ease my breast of melodies.
- John Keats, Fairy Song.
- 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 L'Epine, Croquemitaine, Book II Chapter IX. Hood's translation.
- The loves that meet in Paradise shall cast out fear,
And Paradise hath room for you and me and all.
- Christina G. Rossetti, Saints and Angels, Stanza 10.
- This island Antilla was once found by the Portuguese, but now when it is searched, cannot be found. People found here speak the Hispanic language, and are believed to have fled here in face of a barbarian invasion of Hispania, in the time of King Roderic, the last to govern Hispania in the era of the Goths. There is 1 archbishop here and 6 other bishops, each of whom has his own city; and so it is called the island of seven cities. The people live here in the most Christian manner, replete with all the riches of this century.
- 1507/08 map of Johannes Ruysch
- 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, Stanza 2.