I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking.
—Jean Cocteau (1889–1963) French Poet, Playwright, Film Director
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
—The Holy Bible Scripture in the Christian Faith
The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
Make sure to send a lazy man the angel of death.
The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.
—G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) English Journalist, Novelist, Essayist, Poet
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809–65) American Head of State
The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God.
—Meister Eckhart (c.1260–1327) German Christian Mystic
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they’re gone.
—George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) (1819–80) English Novelist
A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.
A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint.
—Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) French Theologian, Musician, Philosopher, Physician
An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the church.
—Martin Luther (1483–1546) German Protestant Theologian
Its easy to be an angel when you are in heaven.
Every man contemplates an angel in his future self.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
—Thomas Paine (1737–1809) American Nationalist, Author, Pamphleteer, Radical, Inventor
Even a band of angels can turn ugly and start looting if enough angels are unemployed and hanging around the Pearly Gates convinced that all the succubi own all the liquor stores in Heaven.
—P. J. O’Rourke (1947–2022) American Journalist, Political Satirist
We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.
—Luciano De Crescenzo (b.1928) Italian Writer, Film Actor, Director, Engineer
Christians should never fail to sense the operation of an angelic glory. It forever eclipses the world of demonic powers, as the sun does a candle’s light.
—Billy Graham (1918–91) American Baptist Religious Leader
All God’s angels come to us disguised.
—James Russell Lowell (1819–91) American Poet, Critic
God always has an angel of help for those who are willing to do their duty.
—Theodore L. Cuyler (1822–1909) American Presbyterian Clergyman, Writer
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the Infinite.
—Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) Scottish Historian, Essayist
Man was created a little lower than the angels, and has been getting lower ever since.
—Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818–85) American Humorist, Author, Lecturer
When someone dies, an angel is there to meet them at the gates of Heaven to let them know that their life has just begun.
This is the highest point of philosophy, to be simple and wise; this is the angelic life.
—John Chrysostom (c.347–407 CE) Archbishop of Constantinople
The Angels were all singing out of tune, and hoarse with having little else to do, excepting to wind up the sun and moon or curb a runaway young star or two.
—Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) (1788–1824) English Romantic Poet
Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.
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) English Poet, Painter, Printmaker
A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy—the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first-born babe, and assures it of a mother’s love.
—Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796–1865) Canadian Author, Humorist, Businessperson, Judge
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
—Michelangelo (1475–1564) Italian Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Poet, Engineer
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth unseen, both when we sleep and when we wake.
—John Milton (1608–74) English Poet, Civil Servant, Scholar, Debater
When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.