Question: Are the wings of angels decorative or do they actually use them to fly?Sri Chinmoy: When they want to fly, they spread their wings. When they do not want to fly, they can keep them folded. Angel wings are delicate, but strong at the same time. They are much, much more beautiful than the fairies’ wings. Fairy wings are choppy. It is as if somebody is painting in a very choppy way. Fairies do not believe in delicacy. It is like the difference between a duck and a swan.
Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 25, Agni Press, 2000