Quotations About / On: ANGEL

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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.")
  • 34.
    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 Unpublished fragments dating to Fall 1883.)
  • 35.
    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.)
  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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).)
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