Quotations About / On:
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
(Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. An Essay On Man, epistle 1, l. 126 (1733).)
People who act like angels ought to have angels to deal with.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Lovelace, in Clarissa, vol. 2, p. 177, AMS Press (1990).)
Man is neither angel nor beast, and the unfortunate thing is that he who would play the angel plays the beast.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 358 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).)
An angel has no memory.
(Terry Southern (b. 1924), U.S. screenwriter, and Roger Vadim. Pygar (John Philip Law), Barbarella, as he rescues both Barbarella and the evil Black Queenthe film's final line (1968).
Film is based on the comic strip by Jean-Claude Forest.)
"Angel in tights and garters"...
(Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Sam Weller, The Pickwick Papers, ch. 45, p. 642 (1837).
This is Sam Weller's famous description of Mr. Pickwick.)
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
(Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. An Essay on Criticism, l. 625 (1711).)
Entertaining angels unawares: It is always we who are to entertain the angels, and never they us. I cannot, however, think that an angel would be a very entertaining person, either as guest or host.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 154, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular all his life long.
(Robert Burton (1577-1640), British clergyman, author. The Anatomy of Melancholy, pt. 1, sct. 2, memb. 1, subsct. 2 (1621).)
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).)
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.")