on the side of the angels

on the side of the angels

Behaving in a kind or charitable way, or supporting such actions. With war tearing apart the country, being on the side of the angels can cost you your life.
See also: angel, of, on, side

on the side of the angels

Supporting the good side, as in Whatever you may think of him, on important issues he's usually on the side of the angels . This expression was coined by Benjamin Disraeli in 1864 in a speech about Darwin's theory that man is descended from apes: "The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels." Before long it was extended to broader use, specifically to the moral view.
See also: angel, of, on, side

on the side of the angels

If someone is on the side of the angels, they are doing or supporting what is morally right. The President's on the side of the angels when it comes to racial tolerance and the environment.
See also: angel, of, on, side

on the side of the angels

on the side of what is right.
In a speech in Oxford in November 1864 the British statesman Benjamin Disraeli alluded to the controversy over the origins of humankind then raging in the wake of the publication of Charles Darwin 's On the Origin of Species ( 1859 ): ‘Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels’ (The Times 26 Nov. 1864 ).
See also: angel, of, on, side
References in classic literature ?
Raffles's time our tone was good, or that such influence as he troubled to exert was on the side of the angels.