I SENT my Soul through the Invisible,
Some letter of that After-life to spell:
And by and bye my Soul return’d to me,
And answer’d, “I myself am Heav’n and Hell: ”
Heav’n but the vision of fulfill’d Desire,
And Hell the shadow from a Soul on fire.
BOTH heaven and hell have their foundation within us. Heaven primarily lies in a refined temper, in an internal reconciliation to the nature of God, and to the rule of righteousness. The guilt of conscience and enmity of righteousness is the inward state of hell. The guilt of conscience is the fuel of hell.
THE heart of man is the place the Devils dwell in: I feel sometimes a Hell within myself; Lucifer keeps his Court in my breast, Legion is revived in me.
Sir Thomas Browne
HEAVEN, hell, the world are within us. Man a is the great abyss.
Henri F. Amiel