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Quotes #13: The Whispers of God: Famous Quotes on Angels

All About Angels

The word 'angel' means messenger in Hebrew and Greek. Angels are defined in the Catholic Encyclopedia (the only place I found them defined) as any "any agent God sends forth to execute his purposes" and to carry "on his government of the world."

The ever efficient angels helped me put together this page of quotes and so I will let them speak for themselves.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Angels:

Angels: Who They Are, Where They Come From
Angels as Guides and Inspiration - the "Whispers of God"
Angels of Prophecy and Good Fortune

Angels as Messengers of Hope and Glory
Angels as Ambassadors of Forgiveness and Mercy
Angels Coming to the Rescue Against all Harms

Dream Angel: Will You Be Mine? Will You Love Me?
Where There is Light, There Must Also Be Darkness
We are All Angels to One Another

Angels Among Us: Who They Are, Where They Come From

"the universe is under the control of a loving purpose, and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship (angels). Behind the harsh appearance of the world there is a benign power."
   - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
   - Bible: Hebrews (13:2)

"How shall we tell an angel from another guest?
How, from the common worldly herd, One of the blest?
Hint of suppressed halo, rustle of hidden wings, wafture of heavenly frankincense,-
Which is these things? The old Sphinx smile so subtly: 'I give no golden rule,
Yet I would warn thee, World: Treat well whom thou call'st fool'..."
   - Gertrude Hall

"Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels. They become angels when they are sent. For the name angel refers to their office, not their nature. You ask the name of this nature, it is spirit; you ask its office, it is that of an Angel, which is a messenger."
   - Augustine

"An angel is a spiritual creature created by God for the service of Christendom and the church."
   - Martin Luther

"We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and direct us; God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to be our teachers and guides."
   - Thomas Aquinas ("Summa Theologica")

"There are nine orders of angels, to wit: angels, archangels, virtues, powers, principalities, dominions, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim."
   - Pope Gregory The Great

"The three Divine are in this hierarchy, First the Dominions, and the Virtues next;
And the third order is that of the Powers. The in the dances twain penultimate
The Principalities and Archangels wheel; The last is wholly of angelic sports.
These orders upward all of them are gazing,
And downward so prevail, that unto God
They all attracted are and all attract."
   - Dante Alighieri ("Paradiso", Canto XXVIII)

"The angels are as perfect in form as they are in spirit."
   - Jeanne D'Arc

"Myself, and all the Angelic Host, that stand in the sight of God enthroned, our happy state hold, as you yours, while our obedience hold. On other surety none: freely we serve, because we freely love."
   - John Milton ("Paradise Lost")

"Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you."
   - Francis de Sales

Angels as Guides and Inspiration - the "Whispers of God"

"Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God."
   - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting and his righteousness unto children's children. To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye his ministers, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul."
   - Bible: Psalms (103:15-22)

"Are not angels all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"
   - Bible: Hebrews (1:14)

"[Angels] guide us to become spiritual people for the pleasure of it… because the spiritual life itself has a great deal of beauty and real satisfaction, even pleasure. And this is what the soul needs."
   - Thomas Moore

"An angel can illume the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision, and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself contemplates."
   - Thomas Aquinas ("Bliss of the Way")

"For every force charged by God, may He be exalted, with some business is an angel put in charge..."
   - Maimonides (Moses Ben Maimon)

"Think, in mounting higher, the angels would press on us, and aspire to drop some golden orb of perfect song into our deep, dear silence."
   - Elizabeth Barrett Browning ("Sonnet XXII")

"Since God often sends us inspirations by means of His angels, we should frequently return our aspirations to him by means of the same messengers."
   - Francis De Sales

"I saw the tracks of angels in the earth: the beauty of heaven walking by itself on the world."
   - Petrarch

"And the angel said- 'I have learned that every man lives not through care of himself, but by love'..."
   - Leo Tolstoy

"Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us."
   - Thomas Paine

"God always has an angel of help for those who are willing to do their duty."
   - T. L. Cuyler

"I die for speaking the language of the angels."
   - Jeanne D'Arc

"Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, 'Grow! Grow!'..."
   - Talmud

Angels of Prophecy and Good Fortune

"Every man contemplates an angel in his future self."
   - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let triumph "the better angels of our nature"
   - Abraham Lincoln

"But men must know that in this theater of life, it is reserved for only God and angels to be lookers on."
   - Francis Bacon

"Lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger'"
   - Bible: Luke (2:9-12)

And the angel "saith unto them, 'Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you'."
   - Bible: Mark (16:6)

God "spake unto me, and swore unto me, saying, 'Unto thy seed will I give this land'. He shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence."
   - Bible: Genesis (24:7)

"Both angels and demons are ignorant of the future, yet they make predictions. The angels do so when God reveals the future to them and commands them to prophesy, and what they prophesy comes to pass. Demons also make predictions, but these are only guesses based on what they see from afar."
   - John of Damascus

"For, as it is written in the book of the Prophets: 'And the angel that spoke in me, said to me...' He does not say, 'Spoke to me' but 'Spoke in me'..."
   - Augustine

"I will not wish thee riches, nor the glow of greatness, but that wherever thou go some weary heart shall gladden at thy smile, or shadowed life know sunshine for a while. And so thy path shall be a track of light, like angels' footsteps passing through the night."
   - Words on a Church Wall in Upwaltham England

"Who can know what tales are told in the whispers of an angel,
Who can see what mighty deeds he does in the name of the Lord,
What eye can see or mind conceive of how he sees this world,
Dark and light is angel sight: the battle brave, and souls are saved.
Demons flee when we're set free, and angels there attend."
   - Dennis Carlson Ragsdale

"All arrangements that are carried out between heaven and earth are carried out through angels."
   - Mirza Ghulam Ahmad ("Essence of Islam")

"As to prophecy and good fortune: angels can only speak of it - only humans can manifest it."
   - Anonymous

Angels as Messengers of Hope and Glory

"If you seek an angel with an open heart... You shall always find one."
   - Anonymous

"Peace is the first thing the angels sang."
   - Leo The Great

"Angels are sent to bring us messages from God's heart."
   - Charles Hunter

"Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.' And it came to..."
   - Bible: Luke (2:13-15)

"And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him Joash the Abiezrite, and said unto him, 'The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour'…"
   - Bible: Judges (6:11-12)

"And it came to pass, when the angel of the Lord spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept."
   - Bible: Judges (2:4)

"O welcome pure-eyed Faith, white handed Hope, Thou hovering angel girt with golden wings."
   - John Milton

"A person is disposed to an act of choice by an angel ... in two ways. Sometimes, a man's understanding is enlightened by an angel to know what is good, but it is not instructed as to the reason why ... But sometimes he is instructed by angelic illumination, both that this act is good and as to the reason why it is good."
   - Thomas Aquinas ("Summa Theologica")

"We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts."
   - Henry Ward Beecher

"Every breath of air and ray of light and heat, every beautiful prospect, is, as it were, the skirts of the (angel's) garments, the waving robes of those whose faces see God."
   - John Henry Newman

"If we could perceive our angels for just a single day, this world would never be the same again, nor would it ever wish to be."
   - Anonymous

"Live among others as if God beheld you; speak to God as if others were listening."
   - Seneca (the angels say this is the greatest message of hope they can deliver)

"Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.
Minds innocent and quiet take that for a hermitage:
If I have freedom in my love, and in my Soul I am free,
Angels alone, that soar above, enjoy such liberty."
   - Richard Lovelace ("To Althea from Prison")

"That's all an angel is....an idea of God."
   - Meister Eckhart

Angels as Ambassadors of Forgiveness and Mercy

"When hearts listen, angels sing."
   - Anonymous

"A man does not always choose what his guardian angel intends."
   - Thomas Aquinas

"...joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."
   - Bible: Luke (15:7,10)

"How many an angel in the heaven! Their intercession avails not at all, save after God has given permission to whomsoever He will and is pleased with!"
   - Koran

"I will mention the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us according to his mercies, and to the multitude of his loving kindnesses. For He said, 'Surely they are my people' and He was their Saviour In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old."
   - Bible: Isaiah (63:7-9)

"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 alone."
   - William Blake

"My future will not copy my fair past, I wrote that once. And, thinking at my side my ministering life-angel justified the word by his appealing look upcast to the white throne of God."
   - Elizabeth Barrett Browning ("Sonnet XLIV")

"So when that Angel of the darker Drink, at last shall find you by the river-brink,
And, offering his Cup, invite your Soul forth to your Lips to quaff--you shall not shrink."
   - Omar Khyyam ("Rubaiyat" XLIII)

"There is a land, where the roses are without thorns, where the flowers are not mixed with brambles. In that land, there is eternal spring, and light without any cloud. The tree of life groweth in the midst thereof; rivers of pleasures are there, and flowers that never fade. Myriads of happy spirits are there, and surround the throne of God with a perpetual hymn. The angels with their golden harps sing praises continually, and the cherubim fly on wings of fire! This country is Heaven..."
   - Anna Laetitia Barbauld

"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly..."
   - Gilbert K. Chesterton

"Ambition first sprung from your blest abodes: the glorious fault of angels and of gods."
   - Alexander Pope

"Angels appreciate things about you that you thought no one else ever noticed."
   - Anonymous

"Angels don't worry about you... They believe in you."
   - Anonymous

Angels Coming to the Rescue Against all Harms

"The Angel which redeemed me from all evil."
   - Bible: Genesis (48:16)

"But if these beings guard you, they do so because they have been summoned by your prayers."
   - Ambrose

"Angels are speaking to all of us... some of us are only listening better."
   - Anonymous

"And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, 'What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is'."
   - Bible: Genesis (21:17)

"Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge,
......even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."
   - Bible: Psalms (91:9-12)

"He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone."
   - Bible: Luke (4:10-11)

"For the good angel will keep him company, and his journey shall be prosperous, and he shall return safe."
   - Apocrypha: Tobit (5:21)

"No clouds gathered in the skies and the polluted streams became clear, whilst celestial music rang through the air and the angels rejoiced with gladness. With no selfish or partial joy but for the sake of the law they rejoiced, for creation engulfed in the ocean of pain was now to obtain release."
   - Gautama Buddha

"You should be certain that angels are protecting you when you go to sleep. Yea, that they are protecting you also in all your business, whether you enter or leave your home."
   - Martin Luther

"I believe in angels- that they're always hovering near, whispering encouragement whenever clouds appear, protecting us from danger and showing us the way. Performing little miracles within our lives each day."
   - Anonymous

"Holy Angels, our advocates, our brothers, our counselors, our defenders, our enlighteners, our friends, our guides, our helpers, our intercessors - Pray for us."
   - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"An angel of Paradise, no less, is always beside me, wrapped in everlasting ecstasy on his Lord. So I am ever under the gaze of an angel who protects and prays for me."
   - Pope John XXIII

"To err is human: to forgive, divine,
For fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
   - Alexander Pope

Dream Angel: Will You Be Mine? Will You Love Me For All Time?

"Angel of God, my guardian dear to whom God's love commits me here; Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide."
   - Old English Prayer

"And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, 'Jacob'. And I said, 'Here am I'."
   - Bible: Genesis (31:11)

"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

"The Angel that presided o'er my birth Said, 'Little creature, formed of joy and mirth, Go love without the help of any thing on earth'..."
   - William Blake ("The Angel That Presided")

"Every redeemed one will understand the ministry of angels in their life. The angel who was their guardian from their earliest moment. The angel who watched their steps and covered their head in the day of peril. The angel who was with them in the valley of the shadow of death, who marked their resting place, who was the first to greet them in the resurrection morning. What will it be to converse with them, and to learn the history of divine interposition in the individual life, of heavenly cooperation in every work for humanity!"
   - E. G. White

"When my time to die comes an angel will be there to comfort me. He will give me peace and joy even at that most critical hour, and usher me into the presence of God, and I will dwell with the Lord forever. Thank God for the ministry of His blessed angels."
   - Billy Graham

"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."
   - Anonymous

"Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee all through the night.
Guardian angels God will send thee, all through the night."
   - Sir Harold Boulton

"Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber! Holy angels guard thy bed!
Heavenly blessings without number gently falling on thy head."
   - Isaac Watts ("A Cradle Hymn")

"Lord, keep us safe this night, secure from all our fears:
May angels guard us while we sleep, Till morning light appears."
   - John Leland

"The Angels are the dispensers and administrators of the Divine beneficence toward us. They regard our safety, undertake our defense, direct our ways, and exercise a constant solicitude that no evil befall us."
   - John Calvin ("Institutes")

"Angels are unsatisfiable in their longing to do by all means all manner of good unto all the creatures, . . . especially the children of men."
   - Richard Hooker

Where There is Light, There Must Also Be Darkness

"Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him, all his life long."
   - Robert Burton ("Anatomy of Melancholy")

"The sin, both of men and of angels, was rendered possible by the fact that God gave them free will."
   - C. S. Lewis

"We pray, That God, by his grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit to his will in all things, as the angels do in heaven."
   - Westminster Catechism

"For the son of man shall come in the glory of His Father, with His angels; and then shall He reward every man according to his works."
   - Alexander Balmain Bruce ("Second Advent")

"Man is his own star, and the soul that can, render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate: nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts are angels are, for good or ill: our fatal shadows that walk by us still."
   - John Fletcher ("Upon An Honest Man's Fortune")

"I am a little world made cunningly of elements, and an angelic sprite."
   - John Donne

"If there is anything that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and repels… evil, it is pure human love."
   - N. P. Willis

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
   - Bible: 2 Corinthians (11:13-15)

"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

"If a man is not rising upward to be an angel, depend on it, he is sinking downward to be a devil."
   - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Angels and ministers of grace defend us!
Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damn'd,
Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from hell,
Be thy intents wicked, or charitable,
Thou com'st in such a questionable shape,
That I will speak to thee."
   - William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

"The desire of power in excess caused angels to fall. The desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall. But in love and charity there is no excess, neither can man or angels come into danger by it."
   - Francis Bacon

"A man on the street is pointing up to the sky. 'Look, An Angel!' he yells. Passersby laugh. 'You fool, That is only a cloud'. How wonderful it would be to see angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see only clouds where there are angels."
   - Anonymous

We are All Angels to One Another

"We are each of us angels with only one wing and we can only fly by embracing each other."
   - Luciano de Crescenzo

"We can all be angels to one another. We can choose to obey the still small stirring within, the little whisper that says, Go. Ask. Reach out. Be an answer to some one's plea. You have a part to play. Have faith. We can decide to risk that He is indeed there, watching, caring, cherishing us as we love and accept love. The world will be a better place for it. And wherever they are, the angels will dance."
   - Joan Wester Anderson

"To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic."
   - Alphonse de Lamartine

"No other virtue makes man more equal to the angels, than the imitation of their way of life."
   - John Cassian

"This is the highest point of philosophy, to be simple & wise; this is the angelic life."
   - John Chrysostom

"Give me a healthy body, Lord: with sense to keep it at it's best. Give me a healthy mind, good Lord: to keep the good and pure in sight. Which seeing sin is not appalled - but finds a way to set it right… Give me a sense of humor, Lord. To get some happiness from life and pass it on to other folk."
   - Prayer found in Chester Cathedral

"An angel is someone you feel like you've known forever... even though you've just met."
   - Anonymous

"Mother Teresa tells a story of walking past an open drain and catching a glimpse of something moving in it. She investigated and found a dying man whom she took back to a home where he could die in love and peace. 'I live like an animal in the streets,' the man told her. 'Now I will die like an angel'..."
   - Mother Teresa of Calcutta ("Words to Live By")

"It can in no sense be said that heaven is outside of any one; it is within ... and a man, also, so far as he receives heaven, is a recipient, a heaven, and an angel."
   - Emanuel Swedenborg

"If we ever wish to know angels for what they truly are... perhaps it is we who must first learn to fly."
   - Anonymous

"If instead of a jewel, or even a flower, we could cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of another, that would be giving as the angels must give."
   - Anonymous

"I knew that my wife was a special angel put on the earth, just for me."
   - Matt Damon & Ben Affleck ("Good Will Hunting")

"We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds."
   - Anton Chekov ("Uncle Vanya")

"Love is how you earn your wings."
   - Karen Goldman


 

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