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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

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.

See also:
Kingdom of God


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

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.
  • In this fool's paradise, he drank delight.
  • Nor count compartments of the floors,
    But mount to paradise
    By the stairway of surprise.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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