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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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)
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.
- 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.