Quotations About / On: ANGEL

  • 41.
    Home—that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel's wings.
    (Lydia M. Child (1802-1880), U.S. abolitionist, writer, editor. Letter, January 1843. Letters from New York, vol. 1, letter 34, 1843.)
  • 42.
    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).)
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  • 43.
    Ideologies ... have no heart of their own. They're the whores and angels of our striving selves.
    (John le Carré (b. 1931), British novelist. Smiley, in The Secret Pilgrim, ch. 12 (1990).)
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  • 44.
    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).)
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  • 45.
    That ain't snow, Mike. That's angel hair. We done died and gone to heaven.
    (Charles Beaumont (1930-1967), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Bernds. Lt. Turner (Patrick Waltz), Queen of Outer Space, looking at the landscape from their crash site (1958). From a story by Ben Hecht (1893-1964); real name Charles Nutt.)
  • 46.
    I feel ruefully sure, also, that one must be at least one sort of fool to rush in over ground so well trodden by the angels.
    (J.L. (John Langshaw) Austin (1911-1960), British philosopher. Philosophical Papers, p. 76, Oxford University Press, second edition (1970). Remark concerning discussing the problem of other minds.)
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  • 47.
    Angels may be very excellent sort of folk in their own way, but we, poor mortals in our present state, would probably find them precious slow company.
    (Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927), British author. "On Vanity and Vanities," Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1889).)
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  • 48.
    Kings were wont to honour philosophers; but if I had such I would honour them as angels that should have such purity in them that they would not seek when they are the second to be the first, and when they are third to be the second.
    (Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 12, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). To a committee of both Houses of Parliament, which had demanded that she marry and name a successor.)
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  • 49.
    Human work must be done honourably and thoroughly, because we are now Men;Mwhether we ever expect to be angels, or were ever slugs, being practically no matter.
    (John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Fors Claveriga, letter 76 (1877).)
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  • 50.
    You would compliment a coxcomb doing a good act, but you would not praise an angel. The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world, is the highest applause.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Address, July 15, 1838, delivered before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge. "The Divinity School Address," repr. in The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981).)
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