„Two or three angels
Came near to the earth.
They saw a fat church.
Little black streams of people
Came and went in continually.
And the angels were puzzled
To know why the people went thus,
And why they stayed so long within.“
„He went to Los Angeles to do the work even though he hated the city; it was full of happy homogeneous people without structure or direction. While on the bus to work, it seemed to him Los Angeles went on long after it had already made its point.“
— Gregory Benford Science fiction author and astrophysicist 1941
White Creatures, p. 170 (Originally published in New Dimensions 5, edited by Robert Silverberg), 1975
„It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From Angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold;
"Peace on the earth, good will to man
From Heaven’s all gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.“
— Edmund Sears American minister 1810 - 1876
The Angels' Song ("It Came Upon A Midnight Clear", 1849).
„Mills: Even the people themselves who were perpetrating that violence, did they think that was wise? Was that a wise reasoned action?
Souljah: Yeah, it was wise. I mean, if black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?… White people, this government and that mayor were well aware of the fact that black people were dying every day in Los Angeles under gang violence. So if you're a gang member and you would normally be killing somebody, why not kill a white person? Do you think that somebody thinks that white people are better, are above and beyond dying, when they would kill their own kind?“
— Sister Souljah American hip hop-generation author, activist, recording artist, and film producer 1964
Regarding black-on-white violence in the Los Angeles riots, quoted in David Mills (16 June 1992) "In Her Own Disputed Words; Transcript of Interview That Spawned Souljah's Story" The Washington Post
„Since the Bible is a divine revelation, every single part of it is divine. Anything that comes from the divine could be no other way. Everything that comes from the divine goes down through the heavens all the way to people on earth. In heaven it is adapted to the wisdom of the angels there, and on earth it is adapted to the understanding of the people there. So the Bible has an inner, spiritual meaning for angels and an outer, material-level meaning for people on earth. That is why our connection to heaven happens through the Bible.“
— Emanuel Swedenborg Swedish 18th century scientist and theologian 1688 - 1772
The New Jerusalem #252
„Well I rode a while, for a mile or so
Down the road to the 18th Avenue
And the people I saw were the people I know
And they all came down to take a view“
— Cat Stevens British singer-songwriter 1948
18th Avenue (Kansas City Nightmare)
„Many other cities could go the way that Los Angeles went last night unless the president is willing to step in and take some strong action in terms of letting people know that he cares about this issue.“
— Maxine Waters U.S. Representative from California 1938
San Francisco Chronicle (1 May 1992)
— Aaron Weiss
The Angel of Death Came to David's Room.
„Jumped in the river, what did I see?
Black-eyed angels swam with me
A moonful of stars and astral cars
And all the figures I used to see
All my lovers were there with me
All my past and futures
And we all went to heaven in a little row boat
There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt“
— Thom Yorke English musician, philanthropist and singer-songwriter 1968
„Those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out. They are workers non-stop. They sleep beside their machines. That's why they're successful in life. I went to Seoul, South Korea, I went to Taipei, Taiwan. I went to Tokyo, Japan. That's why these people are so hard workers (sic). I'm telling you, the Oriental people, they're slowly taking over.“
— Rob Ford Canadian politician, 64th Mayor of Toronto 1969 - 2016
Remarks at a council meeting 14 March 2008 http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/21463--asian-protestors-stage-city-hall-sit-in-over-rob-ford-s-oriental-comments
„I went to penitentiary one time, not me personally, but me and Gene went there for a movie. "Arizona State Penitentiary" Population: 80 percent black people. But there are no black people in Arizona, they have to bus motherfuckers in!“
— Richard Pryor American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, writer, and MC 1940 - 2005
On prison. Live At the Sunset Strip (1982)
„I interviewed survivors, I went to Poland, saw the cities and spent time with the people and spoke to the Jews who had come back to Poland after the war and talked about why they had come back.“
— Steven Spielberg American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur 1946
The Making of Schindler's List
„You know, bad people, I've never seen bad people have angels. That's interesting you should ask that, because I've never seen angels around bad people.“
— Sylvia Browne American author 1936 - 2013
May 16, 2003 Larry King Live, CNN interview http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0305/16/lkl.00.html