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[ Also see Angels Churches God Hell Punishment Satan Temptation ]

The Devil is an ass, I do acknowledge it.
      - Ben Jonson, The Devil is an Ass
         (act IV, sc. 1)

It is Lucifer,
  The son of mystery;
    And since God suffers him to be,
      He, too, is God's minister,
        And labors for some good
          By us not understood.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend
         (epilogue, last stanza)

If the devil take a less hateful shape to us than to our fathers, he is as busy with us as with them.
      - James Russell Lowell

For the devil is better pleased with coarse blockheads and with folks who are useful to nobody; because where such characters abound, then things do not go on prosperously here on earth.
      - Martin Luther

For, where God built a church there the devil would also build a chapel. They imitated the Jews also in this, namely, that as the Most Holiest was dark, and had no light, even so and after the same manner did they make their shrines dark where the devil made answer. Thus is the devil ever God's ape.
      - Martin Luther

Tell your master that if there were as many devils at Worms as tiles on its roofs, I would enter.
      - Martin Luther

The devil, my friends, is a woman just now.
  'Tis a woman that reigns in Hell.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),

He must have a long spoon that eats with the devil.
      - Christopher Marlowe

Swings the scaly horror of his folded tail.
      - John Milton, Hymn on Christ's Nativity
         (l. 172)

The infernal serpent; he it was whose guile,
  Stirr'd up with envy and revenge, deceived
    The mother of mankind.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 34)

His form had yet not lost
  All his original brightness, not appear'd
    Less than arch-angel ruined, and th' excess
      Of glory obscured.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 591)

From morn
  To moon he fell, from noon to dewy eve,
    A summer's day; and with the setting sun
      Dropt from the zenith like a falling star.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 742)

Satan exalted sat, by merit raised
  To that bad eminence.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. II, l. 5)

Black it stood as night,
  Fierce as ten furies, terrible as hell,
    And shook a dreadful dart; what seem'd his head
      The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
        Satan was now at hand.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 670)

Incens'd with indignation Satan stood
  Unterrified, and like a comet burn'd,
    That fires the length of Ophiucus huge
      In th' artic sky, and from his horrid hair
        Shakes pestilence and war.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 707)

Abashed the Devil stood,
  And felt how awful goodness is, and saw
    Virtue in her own shape how lovely; saw
      And pined his loss.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 846)

Satan; so call him now, his former name
  Is heard no more in heaven.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 658)

Bid the Devil take the slowest.
      - Matthew Prior, On the Taking of Namur

The devil was sick, the devil a saint would be;
  The devil was well, the devil a saint was he.
      - Francois Rabelais

Accursed be he who plays with the devil.
  [Ger., Verflucht wer mit dem Teufel spielt.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Tod (I, 3, 64)

Casting out devils is mere juggling; they never cast out any but what they first cast in.
      - John Selden

He must needs go that the devil drives.
      - William Shakespeare

No man means evil but the devil, and we shall know him by his horns.
      - William Shakespeare

The devil shall have his bargain; for he was never yet a breaker of proverbs--he will give the devil his due.
      - William Shakespeare

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
  Are of imagination all compact.
    One sees more devils than vast hell can hold;
      That is the madman. The lover, all as frantic,
        Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt.
          The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
            Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
              And as imagination bodies forth
                The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
                  Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
                    A local habitation and a name.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at V, i)

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