— Henry Howard Brownell American writer and historian 1820 - 1872
The River Fight (published 1864). Compare: "War is hell", attributed to William Tecumseh Sherman; "This is the soldier brave enough to tell, The glory-dazzled world that 'war is hell'", Henry van Dyke, On the St. Gaudens Statue of Sherman.
you can say we made it up
just for fun I guess
to make a mess
cause what’s more fun
than other people’s hell“
— Aimee Mann American indie rock singer-songwriter (born 1960) 1960
Song lyrics, Charmer (2012), "Soon Enough"
„The theology of the average colored church is basing itself far too much upon 'Hell and Damnation'—upon an attempt to scare people into being decent and threatening them with the terrors of death and punishment..
— W.E.B. Du Bois, Writings: The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade / The Souls of Black Folk / Dusk of Dawn / Essays
„Certain bedrock principles — arguably a true conservative mindset — dictate a respect for life. A life-conserving sensibility means that guns are meant for self-defense, not for needless killing[…] This gun owner is no gun nut; but a right-to-self-defense fanatic.“
— Ilana Mercer South African writer
2010s, 2013, "Just a girl with a gun; not a gratuitous killer" http://praag.org/?p=11950, Praag.org, November 25, 2013.
— Jim Henson, It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider
„He said he didn’t care if he went to heaven or hell, because neither could be more fearful than absolute nothingness; salvation and damnation were one and the same if the only thing out there was total nothingness.“
— Kenzaburō Ōe Japanese author 1935
Shizuka-na seikatsu (A Quiet Life) (1990), p 54
„The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.“
— Clive Staples Lewis, The Four Loves
The Four Loves (1960), Context: To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
„The hell with him, he thought bitterly. The hell with patriotism in general. In the specific and the abstract. Birds of a feather, soldiers and cops. Anti-intellectual and anti-Negro. Anti-everything except beer, dogs, cars and guns.“
— Philip K. Dick, Eye in the Sky
Eye in the Sky (1957), Chapter 2 (p. 15)