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St Bernard de ClairvauxThe road to hell is paved with good intentions

—  St Bernard de Clairvaux, 1091-1153, French saint & abbot of the Cistercian order

Mark TwainGo to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Winston ChurchillIf you’re going through hell, keep going.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

DanteAbandon all hope, you who enter here.

Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

George Bernard ShawA perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Blaise PascalI would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Arthur SchopenhauerFor the world is Hell, and men are on the one hand the tormented souls and on the other the devils in it.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerFor where did Dante get the material for his Hell, if not from this actual world of ours?

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Jean-Paul SartreHell is other people.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

John KennedyDante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

     (Dante didn’t say that)

Marquis de SadeTo judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

Victor HugoThere is something more terrible than a hell of suffering: a hell of boredom.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

T. S. EliotThe definition of hell is a place where nothing connects with nothing.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Butch HancockLife in Lubbock, Texas taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth, and you should save it for someone you love.

—  Butch Hancock, 1945-, American singer

DanteI have come to lead you to the other shore; into eternal darkness; into fire and into ice.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

Quotes in Verse

Dorothy ParkerYou think You're frightening me with Your hell, don't You? You think Your hell is worse than mine.

—  Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, American writer, poet, satirist, critic

Funny Quotes

Ronald ReaganSocialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]


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