“Nobody’s perfect. 

We’re all just one step up from the beasts and one step down from the angels.” 

― Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

Antonio Canova, Psyche and Cupid 

Louvre Museum in Paris, France

“I provide my own angels and demons.”

— Ingmar Bergman, “The Ritual” (1969).

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” 

― Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

“It’s so dark right now, I can’t see any light around me. 

That’s because the light is coming from you. 

You can’t see it but everyone else can.” 

― Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure

art by Rachel Labastie

“The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground. But in love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man’s body.The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant.

What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?” 

— Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being 

“God will reward you, he said. 

You must be an angel since you care for flowers.” 

― Victor Hugo


“I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity.” 

― William Blake

Rosso Fiorentino, Ange Musicien, 1520.

“It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.”

— Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina 


“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. 

There is a time for silence. 

A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. 

And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”

— Gloria Naylor

“When once we quit the basis of sensation, all is in the wind. 

To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. 

To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. 

I cannot reason otherwise: but I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by Locke, Tracy, and Stewart.”

{Letter to John Adams, from Monticello, 15 August 1820}” 

― Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson




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“Ellie, you need to understand,” he said softly. “I exist only to serve you and fight by your side. 


Whether that fighting is to preserve your life or to make sure you smile, that is what I am built to do. 


You’re all I have, and I will watch over you forever.” 


― Courtney Allison Moulton, Angelfire


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