1. "a divine emissary—a term so powerful that to another religious Judaean, it might as well be the same person wearing a different skin. An ambassador with divine implications."
- Janette Oke, The Centurion's Wife
2. "Rather than allowing a book's intelligence to speak through our mouths, we replace it with our own intelligence as we talk about it. Rather than acting as emissary for the book, we become guardians of the temple, boasting of its wonders in the very words that slam shut it's doors: Reading matters! Reading matters!"
- Daniel Pennac, Comme un roman
3. "When Khrushchev asked whether his brass hats would guarantee that keeping the missiles in Cuba would not bring about nuclear war, they looked at him, he later told Norman Cousins of the Saturday Review, an informal emissary between Kennedy and Khrushchev, as though I were out of my mind or, what was worse, a traitor. So I said to myself, ‘To hell with these maniacs.’6"
- Robert F. Kennedy, Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis
4. "How and why Kiev came to adopt Christianity remains unclear. Legend has it that Prince Vladimir sent an emissary to the leaders of the main faiths to examine the beliefs of each. In the end, he allegedly rejected Islam because it forbade alcohol, which ‘is the joy of the Russian’, and Judaism, because it was the religion of a dispersed people without a state. More likely, political considerations prompted Vladimir to opt for Christianity."
- Abraham Ascher, Russia: A Short History
5. "Lord. Do not doubt His power. Only the starets was allowed to address her with such informality. She was the Matushka, Little Mother; her husband, Nicholas II, the Batiushka, Little Father. It was how the peasantry viewed them—as stern parents. Everyone around her said Rasputin was a mere peasant himself. Perhaps so. But he alone could relieve Alexie’s suffering. This peasant from Siberia with his tangled beard, stinking body, and long greasy hair was heaven’s emissary. God has refused to listen to my prayers, Father. He"
- Steve Berry, The Romanov Prophecy
6. "The doer cannot apprehend who the powers are whose emissary and acting agent he is; he must nevertheless be aware that the fullness of the world’s destiny, namelessly interwoven, passes through his hands. It is said in the Mishnah, Every man shall say: ‘It is for me that the world was created.’ 16 And again, Every man shall say: ‘The world rests on me,’ which is corroborated by the hasidic text: Yes, he is the only one in the world, and its continued existence depends on his deed."
- Martin Buber, On Judaism
7. "For hours after Andrew had died on his way into life, she felt powerfully that he had come from unreachable realms with knowledge she needed urgently to learn. Yet there he lay, swaddled in her arms, looking entirely at peace and not at all like a failed emissary. His face was closed; she could read nothing in his blank, perfect features except her own loss. She had given birth to death, and she felt its claim on her. She held Andrew until he was cold and his chill entered her body and heart."
- Quote by Kate Maloy
8. "When you encounter another person, when you have dealings with anyone at all, it is as if a question is being put to you. So you must think, What is the Lord asking of me in this moment, in this situation? If you confront insult or antagonism, your first impulse will be to respond in kind. But if you think, as it were, This is an emissary sent from the Lord, and some benefit is intended for me, first of all the occasion to demonstrate my faithfulness, the chance to show that I do in some small degree participate in the grace that saved me, you are free to act otherwise than as circumstances would seem to dictate. You are free to act by your own lights. You are freed at the same time of the impulse to hate or resent that person."
- Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
9. "The site on which the Cité stands has been occupied for 2 500 years and it commands a view of a countryside that has witnessed the most terrible Middle Age atrocities. Muslims massacred people who did not believe in Mohammed; Catholics slaughtered people who didn’t believe in Christ and then they fell upon even those who did. In nearby Béziers, Catholics murdered non-Catholics and, on a productive day, if everybody skipped lunch, they were able to kill up to 20 000 people. When they reported to the Pope’s emissary that they found they had, by mistake, killed Catholics he told them to carry on because God would sort them out at the other end."
- James Clarke, Blazing Bicycle Saddles
10. "Hadrian’s dreams were realised; at least all the ambitions he believed himself to have held since boyhood were realised. Once he grasped power, he united the energy and determination of Trajan with the glittering rituals of the eastern kings of old. In just over ten years, by the time he sent his emissary to Athens, he had made the ill-used words ‘Roman peace’ a prosperous reality. He had crossed the empire, welcome in every province. He had assuaged his own curiosity and that of his people. Some thought him a scrupulous diplomatist, but they misunderstood; he was in his own way as strong and implacable as his fathers. Like them, he got what he wanted. The philosophers now come to Hadrian, and his days are full of the counsels of the wise – and the not so wise."
- Elizabeth Speller, Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire