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Quotations about Angels

I know that the angels are whispering with thee. ~Samuel Lover (1797–1868)

Lord, make my heart a place where angels sing! ~John Keble

...angel hands from heaven are scattering gold. ~Richard Chenevix Trench, "Prayer," Poems from Eastern Sources, Genoveva, and Other Poems

Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
~Frances J. Crosby, "Blessed Assurance," 1873

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. ~G. K. Chesterton

Angels can fly because they carry no burdens. ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994

...methinks, an angel spake... ~William Shakespeare

A guardian-angel o'er his life presiding,
Doubling his pleasures, and his cares dividing!
~Samuel Rogers

Be an angel to someone else whenever you can, as a way of thanking God for the help your angel has given you. ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994

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 are gone. ~George Eliot

Like Angels' visits, short and bright... ~John Norris (1657–1712), The Parting

Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings... ~John Keats

But all God's angels come to us disguised... ~James Russell Lowell, "On the Death of a Friend's Child," 1844

The angels all were 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,
Or wild colt of a comet, which too soon
Broke out of bounds o'er th' ethereal blue,
Splitting some planet with its playful tail,
As boats are sometimes by a wanton whale.
~Lord Byron

'Tis easy to make friends among angels when you dwell high. ~James Lendall Basford

Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul;
Love is the only angel who can bid the gates unroll...
~Henry Van Dyke

The smiles of angels are tender as morning twilight. ~Ouina (Cora L. V. Scott Richmond), given through her Medium "Water Lily," Ouina's Canoe, 1882

Now an angel has such a nice time, helping people and comforting them, and bringing sunshine into dark places. Putting down fresh dew every morning; making the flowers grow... ~Bram Stoker, The Man, 1905

It is not known precisely where angels dwell — whether in the air, in the void, or in the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. ~Voltaire

O dear good faithful tender Joe, I feel the loving tremble of your hand upon my arm, as solemnly this day as if it had been the rustle of an angel's wing! ~Charles Dickens

When pain and anguish wring the brow,
A ministering angel thou!—
~Walter Scott

The wings of angels are often found on the backs of the least likely people. ~Eric Honeycutt, @erichoney07, May 2011, winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest, @quotegarden

Our veins are rivers of the body, navigated by angels, who call at various nerve stations. ~James Lendall Basford

He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels! ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Saint Gilgen," Hyperion, 1839

An angel's wing beats at every window, but only the listening hear and rise. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

It comes down to whether you believe in seven miraculous escapes a week or one guardian angel. ~Robert Brault,

The dust shall never be thy bed:
A pillow for thee will I bring,
Stuffed with down of angel's wing.
~Richard Crashaw, "The Tear"

In heaven an angel is nobody in particular. ~Bernard Shaw

I hear thy voice so clear,
'Tis fragrant from above;
I see an angel tear
Upon the cheek of love.
~E.M. Wood (1838–1912), "To the Memory of Bishop Simpson," A Splendid Wreck and Other Poems, 1888

Angeliferous. — Angelic, super-excellent. ~Slang and its Analogues: A Dictionary of Heterodox Speech, John S. Farmer and W. E. Henley, 1890s

It was no music born of earth
That made my heart so light:
O mother! 'twas the angels' song
That summoned me.—Good night!
~Ludwig Uhland (1787–1862), "Serenade," translated from the German by Charles T. Brooks, 1842

The man who wants to be an angel is never in a hurry to begin. ~Lemuel K. Washburn

When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they're seeing angels. ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994

When baby smiles in his sleep, an angel kisses him. ~Ouina (Cora L. V. Scott Richmond), given through her Medium "Water Lily," Ouina's Canoe, 1882

Without respect, love cannot go far or rise high: it is an angel with but one wing. ~Alexandre Dumas, fils

I would rather be an angel than God! ~Bram Stoker, The Man, 1905

The angels are so enamored of the language that is spoken in heaven, that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether there be any who understand it or not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

How wonderful it must be to speak the language of the angels, with no words for hate and a million words for love! ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994

That is, nobody but angels: they are always on deck when there is a miracle to the fore... ~Mark Twain

This, by the ministries of prayer,
The loneliest life with blessings crowds,
Can consecrate each petty care,
Make angels' ladders out of clouds.
~Elizabeth Charles

Possess your soul without fussing; your guardian angel does not lose half the sleep over you you think he does. ~Austin O'Malley

But there are hours when, from the heavens unfolding,
Come down the angels with the glad release;
And we look upward, to behold in glory
Our suffering loved ones borne away to peace.
~Harriet Beecher Stowe

Music is well said to be the speech of angels... ~Thomas Carlyle

When our soul has been cast down, has never an invisible voice whispered, "There is lifting up"? Have not gales and breezes of sweet and healing thought been wafted over us, as if an angel had shaken from his wings the odors of paradise? ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

I guess I have never really doubted that we are all born to our guardian angel. ~Robert Brault,

In the clear heaven of her delightful eye,
An angel-guard of loves and graces lie...
~James Montgomery

The flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning. ~Lydia Maria Child, 1842

The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), "History"

Angels are quite ample cause to cry... ~Nicholas Gordon,

It was a sweet and happy dream. The quiet spot, outside, seemed to remain the same, save that there was music in the air, and a sound of angels' wings. ~Charles Dickens

There are times in life when trouble brings us in such communion with nature that the rocks appear to be in sympathy with us, and the waving branches of the trees seem like angel hands fanning away our sorrows. ~James Lendall Basford

Stone walls do not a prison make,
      Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
      That for an hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love,
      And in my soul am free;
Angels alone that soar above
      Enjoy such liberty.
~Richard Lovelace

Angels and ministers of grace defend us! ~William Shakespeare Angel convoying me to the abodes of the blessed on high to converse with the Spirits of just Men made perfect... ~John Adams, 1818

Outside the open window
The morning air is all awash with angels.
~Richard Wilbur, "Love Calls Us to the Things of This World"

It is a beautiful, a bless'd belief,
That the beloved dead, grown angels, watch
The dear ones left behind...
~Letitia Elizabeth Landon

I'll love thee as the bee the flower
In which the fragrant honey lies,
As nightingales the evening hour,
And as the star adores the skies.
A guardian-angel, I'll watch o'er
Thy soul, and every harm repel;
But in return I still implore,
Oh, love me truly,—love me well.
~E. Gola, "Aime moi bien," 1838

That there was a similarity between the human heart and heaven — the more angels the more room for them. ~Frederika Bremer, translated by Mary Howitt

We hold the keys of Heaven within our hands,
The gift and heirloom of a former state,
And lie in infancy at Heaven's gate,
Transfigured in the light that streams along the lands!
Around our pillows golden ladders rise,
And up and down the skies,
With wingèd sandals shod,
The angels come, and go, the Messengers of God!
~Richard Henry Stoddard, "Hymn to the Beautiful"

If you woo the company of the angels in your waking hours, they will be sure to come to you in your sleep. ~George D. Prentice

Pay attention to your dreams — God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep. ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994

To dream of angels presages joy and prosperity with the fulfilment of our dearest hope. ~Achmet, son of Seirim, oneiromancer, as quoted in Charles G. Leland, The Poetry and Mystery of Dreams, 1855

To dream of an Angel is very good, denoting prosperity, joy, and the fulfilment of every wish. Should the angel turn away, it is a warning to reform. ~Madame Xanto, Dream-Book, 1905

Thou dost come to me in dreams,
      When entranced in slumber deep,
And thy radiant countenance seems,
      Like some angel-guard, to keep
      Watch above my quiet sleep.
~H. R., "Visions," 1850

Men are created like upright angels, but too often behave like downright devils. ~James Lendall Basford

The Angel ceased;
The vision fled;
The wind arose,
The clouds were rent,
They were drifted and scatter'd abroad;
And as I look'd and saw
Where through the clear blue sky the silver Moon
Moved in her light serene,
A healing influence reach'd my heart,
And I felt in my soul
That the voice of the Angel was heard.
~Robert Southey, "The Warning Voice," 1820

ANGEL  A heavenly ineligible, with wings and a harp; or, an earthy eligible, with money and a heart. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Foolish Dictionary, Executed by Gideon Wurdz, Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, etc., 1904

If angels are about our path... I cannot but think that they are sad and cover their faces with their hands, when in an unguarded moment those whom they watch over are tempted to wickedness. ~James Gillingham (1838–1924), The Seat of the Soul Discovered or the World's Great Problem Solved, with Objections to the Same Answered, 1870  [Angel facepalm! —tg]

Write on the devil's horns "good angel," and many will believe it. ~Proverbs, Maxims, and Phrases of All Ages, compiled by Robert Christy, 1888

Oh if there is one law above the rest
Written in wisdom—if there is a word
That I would trace as with a pen of fire
Upon the unsunn'd temper of a child—
If there is any thing that keeps the mind
Open to angel visits, and repels
The ministry of ill—'tis human love!
~Nathaniel Parker Willis, 1831

Insight is better than eyesight when it comes to seeing an angel. ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994

Silently one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

He dances like an Angel. ~Joseph Addison

...see, when I talk of eyes, the stars come out! Whose eyes are they? If they are angels' eyes, why do they look down here and see good men hurt, and only wink and sparkle all the night? ~Charles Dickens

I stood upon an ocean's short,
      And viewed the silent deep;
While 'neath the brightly beaming stars
      All nature lay asleep.
As 'lone I paced that pebbly strand,
      And thought of those above,
An angel seem'd to whisper me,—
      There's nothing true but love.
~James Lendall Basford

The grave is the gateway through which we are all borne home: the body by man, the soul by angels. ~James Lendall Basford

Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe. ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994

A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase. ~French proverb

I don't go much on religion,
      I never ain't had no show;
But I've got a middlin' tight grip, sir,
      On the handful o' things I know.
I don't pan out on the prophets
      And free-will, and that sort of thing—
But I b'lieve in God and the angels,
      Ever sence one night last spring...
~John Hay (1838–1905), "Little Breeches"

Carry sunshine with you,
      Brother, as you go;
Cheerfulness will lighten
      Many a weight of woe.
Angels guard the pathway
      Darkened by our fears,
Sunshine makes a rainbow
      Even of our tears.
~Susan E. Gammons

The wings of angels are hope and faith. ~Omar M Al-aqeel, @LeArchange, May 2011, entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest, @quotegarden

why are the wicked so strong
how do the angels get to sleep
when the devil leaves his porch light on
~Tom Waits, "Mr. Siegal," 1980,

When we worship God, our angels add their prayers and turn our single voices into hundred-part harmony. ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994

Women are angels, wooing... ~William Shakespeare

As fish seek the surface of the ocean for food, and man its depths for their mysteries, so does man rise to the realms of the angels for spiritual food, while the angels descend into the atmosphere of earth, exploring its wonders. ~James Lendall Basford

God not only sends special angels into our lives, but sometimes He even sends them back again if we forget to take notes the first time! ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994

Oh, how the strife and trouble of daily life receded from my view, and lessened in the distance... What voices spoke from out the thundering water; what faces, faded from the earth, looked out upon me from its gleaming depths; what Heavenly promise glistened in those angels' tears, the drops of many hues, that showered around, and twined themselves about the gorgeous arches which the changing rainbows made! ~Charles Dickens

Angels will not disintegrate with logic, but they are more likely to fly for those who believe. ~Terri Guillemets

Two loves I have, of comfort and despair,
That like two spirits do suggest me still;
My better angel is a man right fair,
My worser spirit a woman colour'd ill.
To win me soon to hell, my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
Wooing his purity with her fair pride.
And whether that my angel be turn'd fiend,
Suspect I may, yet not directly tell:
For being both to me, both to each friend,
I guess one angel in another's hell;
The truth I shall not know, but live in doubt,
Till my bad angel fire my good one out.
~William Shakespeare

Angels fly at light speed, because they are servants of the Light. ~Eileen Elias Freeman, The Angels' Little Instruction Book, 1994

I have been on the verge of being an angel all my life, but it's never happened yet. ~Mark Twain

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