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The Devil's most devilish when respectable.

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING, Aurora Leigh

From his brimstone bed at break of day
A walking the Devil is gone,
To visit his snug little farm the earth,
And see how his stock goes on.

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, The Devil's Thoughts

When the Devil is not fishing he is mending his nets.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

When a man hurries, the devil smiles.

POLISH PROVERB

Wherever God erects a house of prayer,
The Devil always builds a chapel there;
And 'twill be found, upon examination,
The latter has the largest congregation.

DANIEL DEFOE, The True-Born Englishman

Satan’s successes are the greatest when he appears with the name of God on his lips.

MAHATMA GANDHI

When the Angels arrive, the devils leave.

EGYPTIAN PROVERB

Those who consider the Devil to be a partisan of Evil and angels to be warriors for Good accept the demagogy of the angels. Things are clearly more complicated.

MILAN KUNDERA, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

In every man's heart there is a devil, but we do not know the man as bad until the devil is roused.

JAMES OLIVER CURWOOD, "The Case of Beauvais," Back to God's Country and Other Stories

The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, "Young Goodman Brown"

An apology for the Devil: It must be remembered that we have heard only one side of the case. God has written all the books.

SAMUEL BUTLER, Note Books

Many human beings need no supernatural mentoring to commit acts of savagery; some people are devils in their own right, their telltale horns having grown inward to facilitate their disguise.

DEAN KOONTZ, Odd Thomas

The Devil is not afraid to sit on an altar.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

We are all acquainted with demons, aren't we? Sometimes they are more subtle than the Devil in person. They are those things that clutch at us, strangle us, force us to obey them. They control us with great delight, and finally they own us. Demons are certainly as much around today as they were in Jesus' day. They are more subtle, perhaps, and so we think we have outgrown them. Because we call them by other names, we have a way of missing them. But there is still a great force surrounding us that tries to push us into what is not of God.

MACRINA WIEDERKEHR, A Tree Full of Angels

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The devil is a cross between a really good used-car salesman and a game-show host, but with a lot more style and charm. There's a little Cary Grant thrown in there too.

RAY WISE, American Way Magazine, May 1, 2009

The devil tempts us not--'tis we tempt him,
Beckoning his skill with opportunity.

GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt

Most men would gladly give their souls to the Devil, were he willing to accept them.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

The devil keeps man from good with a thousand machinations spewed from his belly, so that when a person sighs to do good, he pierces him with his shafts; and when he desires to embrace God with his whole heart in love, he subjects him to poisonous tribulations, seeking to pervert good work before God. And when a person seeks the viridity of virtue, the devil tells him that he does not know what he is doing, and he teaches him that he can set his own law for himself.

HILDEGARD OF BINDEN, letter to the Abbot, c. 1166

If you scratch some saints you will find the devil.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Don't you know there ain't no devil? There's only God when He's drunk.

TOM WAITS, "Heartattack and Vine"

People ... have tried to evoke God or devil to justify them in what their glands insisted upon.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Absalom, Absalom!

The devil has no power ... except in the dark.

CASSANDRA CLARE, City of Bones

Do not be dismayed to learn there is a bit of the devil in you. There is a bit of the devil in us all.

ARTHUR BYRON COVER, Night of the Living Rerun

Satan was a blunderer ... who made a stupendous failure. If he had succeeded, we should all have been worshipping him, and his portrait would have been more flattering.

GEORGE ELIOT, Romola

Man creates both his god and his devil in his own image. His god is himself at his best, and his devil himself at his worst.

ELBERT HUBBARD, The American Bible

The devil has been painted swarthy, cloven-footed, horned, and hideous. Do we expect to see him in that shape? O, surely it would be better for us, if he did come in that shape! The trouble is the devil never does come in that shape. He comes by chance, with unregistered signals, and in all sorts of counterfeit presentiments.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

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If the devil went about doing a tenth of what he is accused of doing he would be poor from paying the blacksmith for ox-shoes for his hooves.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.

WILLIAM JAMES, Lecture II, "Circumscription of the Topic," The Varieties of Religious Experience

I mean, the more a man was in the Devil's power, the less he would be aware of it, on the principle that a man is still fairly sober as long as he knows he's drunk.

C. S. LEWIS, God in the Dock

The world is, was, will always be filled with good and evil, because good and evil is the yin and yang of the human condition. It tells me something else. If you remember, God's favorite angel was Lucifer. Apparently, Lucifer means "the light." It also means "the morning star," in some scripture. And apparently, he disobeyed God, and that's the ultimate disobedience to authority. And when he did, Michael, the archangel, was sent to kick him out of heaven along with the other fallen angels. And so Lucifer descends into hell, becomes Satan, becomes the devil, and the force of evil in the universe begins.

PHILIP ZIMBARDO, TED talk, Sep. 2008

It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.

JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden

It takes a man to make a devil.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

When the devil is called the God of this world, it is not because he made it, but because we serve him with our worldliness.

THOMAS AQUINAS, attributed, Treasury of Spiritual Wisdom


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