2,314. The notion that faith in Christ is to be rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence upon reason, observation, and experience merits everlasting pain, is too absurd for refutation, and can be believed only by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance, called faith. (Reason & Christianity & Faith & Hell) Robert G Ingersoll
546. What I said was that teaching children that they will roast in Hell could under some circumstances be worse than physical abuse, in the sense that it may last longer. (Religion & Children & Hell & Abuse) Professor Richard Dawkins, In Confidence 2010
47,193. It’s deeply disturbing to think that there are believers out there who actively use the idea of Hell for moral policing. Professor Richard Dawkins, The Root of All Evil? The Virus of Faith
776. Why should Belief determine whether we’re dumped in Hell? (Belief & Hell) esias
943. A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor. (Belief & Hell & Ambition & Human Beings & Behaviour & Death) Aldous Huxley
966. I believe I am in Hell, therefore I am. (Belief & Hell) Arthur Rimbaud
1,045. The road to hell isn’t paved with gold, it’s paved with faith. Faith in a dollar that’s backed by a belief that people have faith in other people’s belief in it. (Faith & Hell & Dollar & Belief) Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale
47,199. Down, down to hell; and say I sent thee hither. William Shakespeare, III Henry VI V vi 67
71,301. Thou cam’st on earth to make the earth my hell ...
What comfortable hour canst thou name
That ever graced me in thy company? (Enemy & Earth & Hell & Hour & Company) William Shakespeare, Richard III IV iv 167 & 174-175, Duchess of York to King Richard
1,180. What devil art thou that dost torment me thus?
This torture should be roared in dismal hell. (Life’s Like That & Devil & Torment & Torture & Hell) William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet III ii 43-44, Juliet to Nurse
6,409. I’ll follow thee, and make a heaven of hell. (Mind & Heaven & Hell & Life After Death) William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream II i 243
4,725. See the hell of having a false woman! (Woman & Hell) William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor II ii 281, Ford to Sir John
47,202. When I to sulphurus and tormenting flames
Must render up myself. William Shakespeare, Hamlet I v 5-6, Ghost to Hamlet
47,203. Till the crimes done in my days of nature ...
I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two eyes like stars, start from their spheres. ibid. I v 12&15-17
79,197. She like a liar gone to burning hell. (Lies & Hell) William Shakespeare, Othello V ii 138
47,204. O ill-starred wrench!
Pale as thy smock! when we shall meet at compt,
This look of thine will hurl my soul from heaven,
And fiends will snatch at it. Cold, cold, my girl,
Even like thy chastity. O cursed, cursed slave!
Whip me, ye devils,
From the possession of this heavenly sight.
Blow me about in winds, roast me in sulphur,
Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire! ibid. V ii @282, Othello
47,205. There’s hell, there’s darkness,
There’s the sulphury pit, burning, scalding,
Stench, consummation. William Shakespeare, The History of King Lear IV v 122-124, Lear
47,201. The floery way that leads to the broad gate and the great fire. William Shakespeare, All’s Well That End’s Well IV v 58
47,206. This place is too cold for hell. I’ll devil-porter it no further: I had thought to have let in some of all professions, that go the primrose way to the everlasting bonfire. William Shakespeare, Macbeth II iii 19
47,207. Did heaven look on
And would not take their part? ibid. IV iii 225-226 MacDuff
2,111. This is a test to see where we spend our life – heaven or hell. (Life’s Like That & Heaven & Hell & Life After Death) Muhammad Ali, interview Reg Gutteridge, film When Ali Came to Newcastle
2,112. The most important thing about life is what’s going to happen when you die. Are you going to go to Heaven or Hell? And there’s eternity: how long is eternity? (Life’s Like That & Heaven & Hell & Eternity) ibid.
4,184. We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell. (World & Self & Devil & Hell) Oscar Wilde
4,424. Hell is – other people. (People & Hell) Jean-Paul Sartre, No Exit 1944
4,869. There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women. (Woman & Hell) Madeleine Albright
5,183. The whole place is beyond Bedlam. It makes you want to scream for help. It’s a disaster area. It’s a nest of vipers. It’s a zoo of incurables. And the work is just the same day over and over again ... It’s monotonous. Like waves. (Work & Hell) Chekhov: Comedy Shorts: A Reluctant Tragic Hero starring Johnny Vegas & Mackenzie Crook, Vegas
5,570. To die hating them, that was freedom. (Freedom & Hate) George Orwell, 1984
6,396. Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed
In one self place, for where we are is hell,
And where hell is there must we ever be. (Self & Hell) Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus 1604
47,213. Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it. ibid.
6,706. I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise. (Intelligence & Stupidity & Hell & Paradise) Blaise Pascal
8,589. An enormous flying creature born out of a raging inferno. A vicious three-headed dog guarding the gates of Hell. And mysterious sea serpents terrorising mankind. Are such monsters merely mythical creatures of fantasy or did they actually exist in the ancient past? (Aliens & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Hell & Mythology & Monsters) Ancient Aliens: Aliens and Monsters s3e2
12,596. There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is that he believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment. Christ certainly as depicted in the Gospels did believe in everlasting punishment, and one does find repeatedly a vindictive fury against those people who would not listen to his preaching – an attitude which is not uncommon with preachers, but which does somewhat detract from superlative excellence. You do not, for instance find that attitude in Socrates. You find him quite bland and urbane toward the people who would not listen to him; and it is, to my mind, far more worthy of a sage to take that line than to take the line of indignation. (Jesus & Christian & Hell) Bertrand Russell, lecture Why I am Not a Christian
47,240. The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell. (Hell & Cruelty) Bertrand Russell
12,702. The Christians believed that when they went to Hell they would be tortured. But not just tortured so as to inflict maximum pain, but tortured in a way that was appropriate for the sin that they committed. (Christian & Hell & Torture) Jeff Wise, author Extreme Fear
47,191. When you look at human history few ideas have more captivated us, terrified us, motivated us, than the idea of Hell. Hell is one of mankind’s most ancient creations. And it continues to be one of the most powerful ideas we have. Geff Wise
12,836. Those who call it [Hell] Christian pornography may not be far from the mark. (Christianity & Hell) Dennis MacDonald, Claremont School of Theology
12,899. I say nothing of the moral difficulties and perversions involved in revelation itself; though even in the Christianity of the Gospels, at least in its ordinary interpretation, there are some that are so flagrant that they almost outweigh all the beauty and benignity and moral greatness that so clearly distinguish the sayings and character of Christ ... Is there any moral atrocity that couldn't be justified by the imitation of such a Deity? And could we possibly adore such a being without frightfully distorting the standard of right and wrong? Any other of the outrages to the most ordinary justice and humanity involved in the common Christian idea of God’s moral character sinks into insignificance beside this dreadful Hell-focused idealization of wickedness. (Christianity & Gospels & Hell) John Stuart Mill, The Usefulness of Religion 1874