1. We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
2. When you love someone, truly love them, you lay your heart open to them. You give them a part of yourself that you give to no one else, and you let them inside a part of you that only they can hurt-you literally hand them the razor with a map of where to cut deepest and most painfully on your heart and soul. And when they do strike, it’s crippling-like having your heart carved out.
3. Clever as the Devil and twice as pretty.
4. La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas.
5. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, “aw shit, he’s up!
6. This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving. I choose to live life this way. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, ‘aw shit, he’s up!
7. Son, the greatest trick the Devil pulled was convincing the world there was only one of him.
8. Someone who smiles too much with you can sometime frown too much with you at your back.
9. If there was a God. I would spit in his face for subjecting me to this. If there was a Devil, I would sell my sould to make it end. If there was something Higher that controlled out f***ing fates, I would tell it to take my fate and shove it up its fucking ass. Shove it hard and far, you motherf***er. Please end. Please end. Please end.
10. Who are you then?”
“I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.
11. Never can true reconcilement grow where wounds of deadly hate have pierced so deep…
12. There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored. The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it. His sense of evil is diluted or lacking altogether, and so he has forgotten the price of restoration. When he reads a novel, he wants either his sense tormented or his spirits raised. He wants to be transported, instantly, either to mock damnation or a mock innocence.
13. People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil… Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.
14. The Devil pulls the strings which make us dance;
We find delight in the most loathsome things;
Some furtherance of Hell each new day brings,
And yet we feel no horror in that rank advance.
15. Buy a gift for a dog, and you’ll be amazed at the way it will dance and swerve its tail, but if don’t have anything to offer to it, it won’t even recognize your arrival; such are the attributes of fake friends.
16. We have never heard the devil’s side of the story, God wrote all the book.
17. Yahweh: You’ve been unhappy because you’ve desired things that cannot be.
Lucifer: That’s what desire IS. The need for what we can’t have. The need for what’s readily available is called greed.
18. I wake up and I see the face of the devil and I ask him, “What time is it?”
And he says,
How much time do you want?
19. Sunshine, if I ever disappear, please tell people that I ran after the Devil, trying to get my soul back
20. If money’s the god people worship, I’d rather go worship the devil instead.
21. Lucifer spoke thus. Pride took him from heaven, though he sat at God’s right hand.’ Her voice grew faint, the hint of a whisper. ‘In the end pride is the only evil, the root of all sins.’
‘Pride is all I have.
22. The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people worse than they are.
23. When you’re in hell, only a devil can point the way out.
24. Not entirely fair?” His voice became that of the inferno: a rushing, booming howl of icy evil that flew around the great cavern, as swift and cold as the Wendigo on skates. “I am Satan, also called Lucifer the Light Bearer…”
Cabal winced. What was it about devils that they always had to give you their whole family history?
“I was cast down from the presence of God himself into this dark, sulfurous pit and condemned to spend eternity here-”
“Have you tried saying sorry?” interrupted Cabal.
“No, I haven’t! I was sent down for a sin of pride. It rather undermines my position if I say ‘sorry’!
25. 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.
26. Becuse God loves us, but the devil takes an interest.
27. All the cunning of the devil is exercised in trying to tear us away from the word.
28. Are you a devil?”
“I am a man,” answered Father Brown gravely; “and therefore have all devils in my heart.
29. The devil’s agents may be of flesh and blood, may they not?
30. You want to be bad, angel? I can teach you every position it comes in
31. Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you: do not drink, answer him: I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.
32. A woman being never at a loss… the devil always sticks by them.
33. When the late Pope John Paul II decided to place the woman so strangely known as “Mother” Teresa on the fast track for beatification, and thus to qualify her for eventual sainthood, the Vatican felt obliged to solicit my testimony and I thus spent several hours in a closed hearing room with a priest, a deacon, and a monsignor, no doubt making their day as I told off, as from a rosary, the frightful faults and crimes of the departed fanatic. In the course of this, I discovered that the pope during his tenure had surreptitiously abolished the famous office of “Devil’s Advocate,” in order to fast‐track still more of his many candidates for canonization. I can thus claim to be the only living person to have represented the Devil pro bono.
34. Don’t be disheartened by the forces of evil. Nothing can happen that God hasn’t allowed. Even resistance is all part of grand orchestration. The devil always has you right were God wants you.
35. Boy, you knock on the devil’s door and he will head slam you through the wall.
36. The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them. For example, when the British invaded India, many Indians accepted to work for the British to kill off Indians who resisted their occupation. So in other words, many Indians were hired to kill other Indians on behalf of the enemy for a paycheck. Today, we have mercenaries in Africa, corporate armies from the western world, and unemployed men throughout the Middle East killing their own people – and people of other nations – for a paycheck. To act without a conscience, but for a paycheck, makes anyone a dangerous animal. The devil would be powerless if he couldn’t entice people to do his work. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between brothers.
37. I would rather be a devil in alliance with truth, than an angel in alliance with falsehood.
38. “I handed them a script and they turned it down. It was too controversial. It talked about concepts like, ‘Who is God?’ The Enterprise meets God in space; God is a life form, and I wanted to suggest that there may have been, at one time in the human beginning, an alien entity that early man believed was God, and kept those legends. But I also wanted to suggest that it might have been as much the Devil as it was God. After all, what kind of god would throw humans out of Paradise for eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. One of the Vulcans on board, in a very logical way, says, ‘If this is your God, he’s not very impressive. He’s got so many psychological problems; he’s so insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes. He’s a pretty poor excuse for a supreme being.
39. Logic is what the devil likes most.
40. Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.
41. The Devil teaches women what they are – or they would teach it to the Devil if he did not know.
42. That wasn’t blood. It was love. It pours out of you when you lose faith.
43.I have never understood why people who can swallow the enormous improbability of a personal God boggle at a personal Devil.
44. The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.
45. The devil frequently fills our thoughts with great schemes, so that instead of putting our hands to what work we can do to serve our Lord, we may rest satisfied with wishing to perform impossibilities.
46. Down there the nights are bright and nobody believes in the Devil.
47. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.
48. Let me be mad, then, by all means! mad with the madness of Absinthe, the wildest, most luxurious madness in the world! Vive la folie! Vive l’amour! Vive l’animalisme! Vive le Diable!
49. There’s only room for one hero in this story-and everyone knows the devil doesn’t get to be the good guy.
50.A rebel adult often seems like a glorious savior, whereas a rebel child often seems like a little devil.
51. I have found, in short, from reading my own writing, that my subject in fiction is the action of grace in territory largely held by the devil.
I have also found that what I write is read by an audience which puts little stock either in grace or the devil. You discover your audience at the same time and in the same way that you discover your subject, but it is an added blow
52. He lived like a devil and died like a saint
53. The Devil’s out of fashion.
54. Don’t call anyone a devil, because within you, you can experience hell and the devil, and the devil is nothing, but you!
55. You might, from your appearance, be the wife of Lucifer,” said Miss Pross, in her breathing. “Nevertheless, you shall not get the better of me. I am an Englishwoman.
56. You may conquer her love of God: you will never overcome her fear of the devil.
57. I am an Agnostic because I am not afraid to think. I am not afraid of any god in the universe who would send me or any other man or woman to hell. If there were such a being, he would not be a god; he would be a devil.
58. My belief is that, morally, God and Satan are vaguely on the same page. According to the common understanding of Satan’s origins, ‘holiness’ is, metaphorically, frozen stiff in his veins: and at that a corrupted formula – i.e. legalism. The vital difference is that God is willing to offer grace for our sins; he delights in grace. God is the one and only holy and just punisher of sin, yes, but that is partly so because punishment for the sake of punishment is not something he loves. Whereas Satan, as the accuser, and as it is written, actually seeks God’s permission to punish; he, being a seasoned legalist, delights in finding wrongs and will defy his own morality just to expose immorality. This is why both the anti-religious soul and the violently religious soul are, whether consciously or unconsciously, and sadly enough, glorifying their biggest hater: Satan is not only a lawless lover of punishing lawlessness, but also the sharpest theologian of us all. He loves wickedness, but only because he loves punishing wickedness.
59. He saved my life twice. He’s the only grown-up I know who keeps his promises.
60.If I wasn’t a devil myself I’d give
Me up to the Devil this very minute.