„I desire to have both heaven and hell ever in my eye, while I stand on this isthmus of life, between two boundless oceans.“
— John Wesley Christian theologian 1703 - 1791
Letter to Charles Wesley
„Dada is the signboard of abstraction; advertising and business are also elements of poetry... I destroy the drawers of the brain and of social organization: spread demoralization wherever I go and cast my hand from heaven to hell, my eyes from hell to heaven, restore the fecund wheel of a universal circus to objective forces and the imagination of every individual.“
— Tristan Tzara Romanian and French avant-garde poet, essayist and performance artist 1896 - 1963
„When I saw him I thought, "my God, if these guys ever came to power and declared a caliphate, it would be Hell on Earth."“
— Maajid Nawaz British activist 1977
Context: I think it's important just to distinguish between Islamism and Islam, a religion. What I mean by Islamism is the desire to impose any version of islam over society. Although ideology was sold to me as if it was the religion of Islam and that's what I adopted. I grew up facing a very, very severe form of violent racism, domestically within the UK. I'm talking hammer attacks, machete attacks by Neo-Nazi skinheads, thugs. On many occasions I had to watch as my friends were stabbed before my eyes as a 15 year old. I began seeing myself as separate from the rest of society and an islamist recruiter found me in that state as a young, angry teenager and it was very easy for that recruiter. I joined a group called Hizb ut-Tahrir and that's the group I spent 13 years of my leadership on. … It's the first islamist organization that was responsible for popularizing the notion of resurrecting a modern day theocratic caliphate, as we now see that ISIS has laid claim to. But, my former group, they were the first ones to popularize that term. I ended up in Egypt where I continued to recruit people to this cause. … I am still a Muslim, but I am now liberal. Now, when I was in prison and I was living with the Who's Who of the jihadist terrorist movements and islamist movements, we had a leader of the Muslim brotherhood. When I saw him I thought, "my God, if these guys ever came to power and declared a caliphate, it would be Hell on Earth." Of course, when ISIS eventually did declare the caliphate, that utopian dream that we all used to share has become that dystopic nightmare that we see now. Comments in The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (2016), Episode 2 : Apocalypse
„Having been a demon curse, however brief, should leave a mark. A streak of silver hair, or bewitching eyes. Maybe crows on one's roof or a hound from hell at your heel. Blowing out my breath I stood and squinted at my reflection. A black eye. Swell.“
— Kim Harrison, For a Few Demons More
„I was frightened even by God. I could not believe in his love, only his punishment. Faith. That, I felt, was the act of facing the tribunal of justice with one's head bowed to receive the scourge of God. I could believe in hell, but it was impossible for me to believe in the existence of heaven.“
— Osamu Dazai Japanese author 1909 - 1948
The Third Notebook: Part One
„I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them. My philosophy is to stay as close as possible to what's happening. If I can't solve something, how the hell can I expect my managers to?“
— Harold Geneen American businessman 1910 - 1997
from an interview for an article in The New York Times (1977), as cited in " Harold S. Geneen, 87, Dies; Nurtured AT&T http://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/23/business/harold-s-geneen-87-dies-nurtured-itt.html?pagewanted=all" published 23 November 1997 in The New York Times.
„How was I supposed to know?
She was slowly letting go?
If I was puttin her through her hell,
Hell I couldn't tell.She could've given me a sign,
Could've opened up my eyes.
How was I supposed to see?
She never cried in front of me.“
— Toby Keith American country music singer and actor 1961
She Never Cried in Front of Me.
„I always say, as you know, that if my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. It's my job.“
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935
Letter to Harold J. Laski (4 March 1920); reported in Holmes-Laski Letters (1953) by Mark DeWolfe Howe, vol. 1, p. 249.