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Published Monday, September 01, 2014 @ 8:18 PM EDT
Sep 01 2014

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!
-Omar Khayyám

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
-Victor Hugo

Autumn truly is what summer pretends to be: the best of all seasons. It is as glorious as summer is tedious; as subtle as summer is obvious; as refreshing as summer is wearying. Autumn seems like paradise.
-Gregg Easterbrook

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring. It was peace.
-Milan Kundera

Homo religiosus invents religious symbols, which he venerates and worships to save him from facing the finality of his death and dissolution. He devises paradise fictions to provide succor and support... In acts of supreme self-deception, at various times and in various places he has been willing to profess belief in the most incredible myths because of what they have promised him.
-Paul Kurtz

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
-Bertrand Russell

In America, you go out, you walk across the country. You discover paradise. In Australia, you walk across the country, and you find absolutely nothing. And then you die.
-Robert Hughes

It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise that will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
-Evelyn Waugh

Many years ago when an adored dog died, a great friend, a bishop, said to me, 'You must always remember that, as far as the Bible is concerned, God only threw the humans out of Paradise.'
-Bruce Foyle

Original sin, the true original sin, is the blind destruction for the sake of greed of this natural paradise which lies all around us- if only we were worthy of it.
-Edward Abbey

Paradise does not exist, but we must nonetheless strive to be worthy of it.
-Jules Renard

Paradise is exactly like where you are right now, only much, much better.
-Laurie Anderson

Paradise is here or nowhere: You must take your joy with you, or you will never find it.
-O.S. Marden

Paradise on earth is where I am.
-Voltaire (François Marie Arouet)

Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
-W.H. Auden

Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.
-Jean Paul Richter

(Religions) have made men feeble and caused them to become an easy prey to evil minded men, who can control them more securely, seeing that the great body of men, for the sake of gaining Paradise, are more disposed to endure injuries than to avenge them.
-Niccolò Machiavelli

She who goes unarmed in paradise had better be sure that is where she is.
-James Thurber

The only paradise is paradise lost.
-Marcel Proust

There is nothing more miserable in the world than to arrive in Paradise and look like your passport photo.
-Erma Bombeck

Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three- and paradise is when you have none.
-Doug Larson

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?
-Arthur Miller

With every 72 virgins they get in paradise, they also get 72 mothers-in-law.
-Christopher Hitchens

You cannot avoid paradise. You can only avoid seeing it.
-Charlotte Joko Beck

Your library is your paradise.
-Desiderius Erasmus


(September 2 is the birthday of Cleveland Amory.)

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