If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
(James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, p. 322, ed. Clinton Rossiter, New York (1961). The Federalist, No. 51 (February 6, 1788).)
Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel's just got his wings.
(Frances Goodrich (1891-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and Frank Capra. Clarence (Henry Travers), It's a Wonderful Life, to George, as they're sitting in the bar (1947).
additional scenes by Jo Swerling. Based on a story by Philip Van Doren Stern.)
To the innocent there are neither cherubim nor angels.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 394, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)