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Side of the Angels

Punch, Dec. 10, 1864, contains a cartoon of Disraeli, dressing for an Oxford bal masqué, as an angel, and underneath the cartoon are these words -

“The question is, is man an ape or an angel? I am on the side of the angels.” —Disraeli's Oxford Speech, Friday, Nov. 25 (1864).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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