Quotations About / On: ANGEL

  • 11.
    If an angel were ever to tell us anything of his philosophy I believe many propositions would sound like 2 times 2 equals 13.
    (G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook B," aphorism 44, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
  • 12.
    I'm no angel, but I've spread my wings a bit.
    (Wesley Ruggles, U.S. screenwriter. Tira (Mae West), I'm No Angel, description of her reputation (1933). West once said to an interviewer that this film's story was "all about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.")
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  • 13.
    I've never before had to fight an angel, but I suggest you take off your coat and put up your dukes.
    (Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955), U.S. screenwriter, Leonardo Bercovici, and Henry Koster. Henry Brougham (David Niven), The Bishop's Wife, when he has finally decided to fight Dudley for his wife's love (1947). From the novel by Robert Nathan.)
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  • 14.
    He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.
    (Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. Philip Marlowe, in Farewell, My Lovely, ch. 1 (1940). Describing Moose Malloy.)
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  • 15.
    Don't be on the side of the angels, it's too lowering.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. The Letters of D. H. Lawrence, p. 695, letter, Dec. 18, 1927, to Rolf Gardiner, Heinemann (1932).)
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  • 16.
    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).)
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  • 17.
    Sometimes I have wondered whether life wouldn't be much more amusing if we were all devils, and no nonsense about angels and being good.
    (William Hurlbut (1883-?), U.S. screenwriter, James Balderston, and James Whale. Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), Bride of Frankenstein, talking to Frankenstein in his laboratory (1935). Suggested by the original story written in 1816 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and adapted by William Hurlbut, James Balderston.)
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  • 18.
    Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
    (Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "On the Pensées of Pascal," letter 18, Letters on England (1732). Note to Pascal's aphorism no. 358 (numbered 52 by Voltaire): "Man is neither angel nor brute, and the pity of it is that he who wants to play the angel acts the brute.")
  • 19.
    It is no doubt possible to fly—but first you must know how to dance like an angel.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 552, selection 17[46], eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Fall 1883.)
  • 20.
    If within the sophisticated man there is not an unsophisticated one, then he is but one of the devil's angels.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Life Without Principle" (1863), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 468, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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