Quotations About / On:
'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.
(William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. The History of Henry Esmond, bk. 1, ch. 7 (1852).)
We sell the thrones of angels for a short and turbulent pleasure.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Circles," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
(Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. Essay on Criticism (Fr. III). . .
Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.)
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).)
Ask anyone committed to Marxist analysis how many angels on the head of a pin, and you will be asked in return to never mind the angels, tell me who controls the production of pins.
(Joan Didion (b. 1934), U.S. essayist. "The Women's Movement," The White Album (1979).)
The question is thisIs man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fangled theories.
(Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Speech, November 25, 1864, Diocesan Conference, Oxford.)
It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.
(William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). "A Vision of the Last Judgement," (1810).)
The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.
(Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 13 (1973).)
This is too much: I am a human being! Only an angel can forget such a blow, and only a devil can compensate enough for it!
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1809).)
It is with such eyes ... that a pair of angels exiled among men ... gaze at one another in mutual recognition.
(Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. Madame de Malivert, in Armance, ch. V, Urbain Canel (1827), trans. C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1946.)