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Devil

  • It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.

  • To hate the devil and all his works is one thing, but to say who is the devil and which are his works is another.

  • The Devil ... is much better served by exploiting our virtues than by appealing to our lower passions; consequently, it is when the Devil looks most noble and reasonable that he is most dangerous.

  • The Devil is a spiritual lunatic, but, like many lunatics, he is extremely plausible and cunning.

  • Where there is no faith, devils are a necessity.

  • ... the devil never sleeps ...

    • Catherine of Siena,
    • c. 1375, in Vida D. Scudder, ed., St. Catherine of Siena As Seen in Her Letters ()
  • The Devil is always easier raisd than laid.

    • Abigail Adams,
    • letter (1794), in John P. Kaminski, The Quotable Abigail Adams ()
  • The devil's most devilish when respectable.

  • Satan has many helpers.

  • I don't know if I believe in God, but I know I believe in the devil. I have met him.

  • Does the devil know he is a devil?

  • ... the devil makes a great deal of the religion we see ...

  • The devil never seems so busy as where the saints are, which is another reason why I feel how difficult it would be to be religious.

  • The Christians were the first to make the existence of Satan a dogma of the Church. ... what is the use in a Pope, if there is no Devil?

  • What would become of the world without the Devil? Under all the different systems of religion that have guided or misguided the world for the last six thousand years, the Devil has been the grand scapegoat. He has had to bear the blame of every thing that has gone wrong. All the evil that gets committed is laid to his door, and he has, besides, the credit of hindering all the good that has never got done at all. If mankind were not thus one and all victims to the Devil, what an irredeemable set of scoundrels they would be obliged to confess themselves!

  • Without Satan, no Christ.

  • The whole barn fell into the cellar hole. As she looked towards this glowing pit, she thought of that vaster and crueller bonfire in which her soul would burn forever. She thought well to ask him a little concerning those pains which she later must suffer. He laughed at her. There would be, he said, no pain. Those who served Satan faithfully in this world were never burned in Hell. Was not Satan King of Hell? Why should he burn those who loved and obeyed him? She was stuffed full of lunatic theology. The only souls that suffered in Hell were such of God's subjects as had angered Him and yet made no pact of service with Satan....