Quotes about angels

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„Nobody knows if Zidane is an angel or demon. He smiles like Saint Teresa and grimaces like a serial killer.“

—  Zinedine Zidane French association football player and manager 1972

Jean-Louis Murat, 2004 http://www.theguardian.com/football/2004/apr/04/sport.features

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„The angel of death has been abroad throughout the land; you may almost hear the beating of his wings.“

—  John Bright British Radical and Liberal statesman 1811 - 1889

Speech https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1855/feb/23/supply-ministerial-explanations to the House of Commons (23 February 1855) opposing the Crimean War.
1850s
Context: The angel of death has been abroad throughout the land; you may almost hear the beating of his wings. There is no one, as when the first-born were slain of old, to sprinkle with blood the lintel and the two sideposts of our doors, that he may spare and pass on; he takes his victims from the castle of the noble, the mansion of the wealthy, and the cottage of the poor and the lowly, and it is on behalf of all these classes that I make this solemn appeal.

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„Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel?“

—  Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015

A similar remark was reportedly made by Pratchett in The Herald (4 October 2004): I'd rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel.
"I create gods all the time - now I think one might exist" (2008)
Context: Evolution was far more thrilling to me than the biblical account. Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel? To my juvenile eyes Darwin was proved true every day. It doesn't take much to make us flip back into monkeys again.

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„I have never seen an angel. Show me an angel, and I'll paint one.“

—  Gustave Courbet French painter 1819 - 1877

Courbet, c 1860's, later quoted by Vincent van Gogh in a letter to brother Theo (July, 1885); in The letters of Vincent van Gogh, ed. Ronal de Leeuw - Penguin, New York, 1996, p. 302
1860s

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„If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.“

—  Tennessee Williams American playwright 1911 - 1983

Source: Conversations with Tennessee Williams

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