We, who have already borne on the road to Paradise the lives of the best among us, want a difficult, erect, implacable Paradise; a Paradise where one can never rest and which has, beside the threshold of the gates, angels with swords.
(J.A. (José Antonio) Primo de Rivera (1903-1936), Spanish Falangist politician. Quoted in Stanley Payne, Falange, ch. 7 (1962).)
Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face. Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all others for him to bear; but they are so, simply because they are the very ones he most needs.
(Lydia M. Child (1802-1880), U.S. abolitionist, writer, editor. Letter, April 27, 1843. Letters from New York, vol. 1, letter 39 (1843).)
Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decypher even fragments of their meaning.
(Lydia M. Child (1802-1880), U.S. abolitionist, writer, editor. letter, Sept. 1, 1842. Letters from New York, vol. 1, letter 26 (1843).)
Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you.... Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.
(St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622), French churchman, devotional writer. Introduction to the Devout Life, pt. 2, ch. 16 (1609).)