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The meanest thing in the world is the devil.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
      - Bible, I Peter (ch. V, v. 8)

How are thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XIV, v. 12)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
      - Bible, James (ch. IV, v. 7)

His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XVIII, v. 14)

Renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world.
      - Book of Common Prayer,
        Public Baptism of Infants

Where God bath a temple, the devil will have a chapel.
      - Robert Burton

Every man for himself, his own ends, the devil for all.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec. I, memb. III)

The Devil himself, which is the author of confusion and lies.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec. IV, memb. I, subsect. III)

And bid the devil take the hin'most.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto II, l. 633)

Nick Machiavel had ne'er a trick
  (Though he gave his name to our Old Nick).
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto I, l. 1,313)

The devil has his elect.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Here is the devil-and-all to pay.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (bk. IV, pt. I, ch. X)

Therefore it behooveth hire a full long spoon
  That shal ete with a feend.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (l. 602), The Squire's Tale

The devil is not, indeed, perfectly humorous, but that is only because he is the extreme of all humor.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.
      - Daniel Defoe, History of the Devil
         (pt. ii, ch. 10)

"I think if the devil doesn't exist, then man has created him. He has created him in his own image and likeness." "Just as man created God, then?" observed Alyosha.
      - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Better sit still, than rise to meet the devil.
      - Michael Drayton, The Owl

Demons do not exist any more than gods do, being only the products of the psychic activity of man.
      - Sigmund Freud

No, no! The devil is an egotist,
  And is not apt, without why or wherefore,
    "For God's sake," others to assist.
      [Ger., Nein, nein! Der Teufel ist ein Egoist
        Und thut nicht leicht um Gottes Willen,
          Was einem Andern nutzlich ist.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 4, 124)

Culture which smooth the whole world licks,
  Also unto the devil sticks.
    [Ger., Auch die Kultur, die alle Welt beleckt,
      Hat auf den Teufel sich erstreckt.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 6, 160)

Satan is to be punished eternally in the end, but for a while he triumphs.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

I call'd the devil, and he came,
  And with wonder his form did I closely scan;
    He is not ugly, and is not lame,
      But really a handsome and charming man.
        A man in the prime of life is the devil,
          Obliging, a man of the world, and civil;
            A diplomatist too, well skill'd in debate,
              He talks quite glibly of church and state.
      - Heinrich Heine,
        Pictures of Travels--The Return Home
         (no. 37)

When the devil drives, needs must. (Needs must when the devil drives.)
      - John Heywood, Johan the Husband--Proverbs
         (ch. VII)

What is got over the devil's back is spent under his belly.
      - attributed to Isocrates, by Alain

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