Quotes with hell
There is probably no hell for authors in the next world — they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better.
Beyond 1984: The People Machines (1979)
Our wrangling lawyers... are so litigious and busy here on earth, that I think they will plead their clients' causes hereafter, -- some of them in hell.
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
Heaven is the work of the best and kindest men and women. Hell is the work of prigs, pedants and professional truth-tellers. The world is an attempt to make the best of both.
The Notebooks of Samuel Butler (1912)
From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it.
Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned
"Bureaucracy Scorned" in Newsweek, December 29, 1975.
The function of the lawyer is to preserve a sceptical relativism in a society hell-bent for absolutes. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In Hell there will be nothing but law and due process will be meticulously observed.
The Ages of American Law (1977)
The function of the lawyer is to preserve a skeptical relativism in a society hell-bent for absolutes. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In Hell there will be nothing but law and due process will be meticulously observed.
The Ages of American Law (1977)
The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.
I always say, as you know, that if my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. It's my job.
Letter to Harold Laski on March 4, 1920
Litigation: A form of hell whereby money is transferred from the pockets of the proletariat to that of lawyers.
Litigation is a form of hell whereby money is transferred from the pockets of the proletariate to that of lawyers.
I had a dream my life would be different from this hell I am living, so different from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.
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.
Your organization is not a praying institution. It's a fighting institution. It's an educational institution along industrial lines. Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!
Autobiography of Mother Jones (1925)
Get it straight, I'm not a humanitarian, I'ma hell-raiser.
After being introduced as a "great humanitarian".
I didn't want to be a dancer. What I really wanted to be was shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates lost a hell of a shortstop.
It's been a week from hell, but on the other hand, when I was able to look out the window at the sunshine and life, I said that I've been really lucky. This is a condition, despite the fact there's a high, high curability rate, that you have to work at it. It's like anything else that you do that matters, it takes work to be good at it.
In an interview in 2010, talking about undergoing cancer treatment.
Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose." This rule doesn't require an explanation. I have noticed that writers who use "suddenly" tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation points.
From Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, as appeared in The New York Times (July 16, 2001)
To scale great heights, we must come out of the lowermost depths. The way to heaven is through hell. We need fiery baptisms in the fiercest flames of our own bosoms. We must feel our hearts hot and hissing in us. And ere their fire is revealed, it must must burn its way out of us, though it consume us and itself.
In every unbeliever's heart there is an uneasy feeling that, after all, he may awake after death and find himself immortal. This is his punishment for his unbelief. This is the agnostic's Hell.
A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949)
If you do not specify and confront real issues, what you will do will surely obscure them. If you do not alarm anyone morally, you will yourself remain morally asleep. If you do not embody controversy, what you say will be an acceptance of the drift to the coming human hell.
So long as our troops are sleeping on sand, it would be nice if those Kuwaiti billionaires would get the hell out of the Presidential Suite of the Sheraton Hotel in the Saudi resort town of Taif in favor of a more battle-ready position.
During the first Persian Gulf War
Money is like manure. If you spread it around, it does a lot of good, but if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell.
I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will — and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.
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.
Why I Am Not a Christian (1927)
To me, writing is a horseback ride into heaven and hell and back. I am grateful if I can crawl back alive. I'm grateful for the blood in the basin and the pursuit of integrity on the page, a small price to pay.
This quote was used in 1985 Esquire magazine article, however it's not clear who the author was.
I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?
A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Out of the Red, 1960
Into the jaws of death, into the mouth of hell rode the six hundred
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854)
I don't give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.
It is true, that which I have revealed to you; there is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream -- a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought -- a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!
The Mysterious Stranger (1916)
There's been a lot of stories about how I got to be called Duke. One was that I played the part of a duke in a school play--which I never did. Sometimes, they even said I was descended from royalty! It was all a lot of rubbish. Hell, the truth is that I was named after a dog!
When people say a John Wayne picture got bad reviews, I always wonder if they know it's a redundant sentence, but hell, I don't care. People like my pictures and that's all that counts.
It’s something very personal, a very important thing. Hell! It’s a family motto. Are you ready Jerry? I wanna make sure you’re ready, brother. Here it is: Show me the money. SHOW! ME! THE! MONEY! Jerry, it is such a pleasure to say that! Say it with me one time, Jerry.
Jerry Maguire (1996). By Rod Tidwell.
Actually, as you can see, I'm not busy. It's just an euphemism for "get the hell out of here.
House, Dying Changes Everything. By Dr. Gregory House.
Coffee should be black as night, hot as hell, and strong as love.