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Charles BaudelaireThe finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that does not exist.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

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Emile M. CioranOnce we begin to want, we fall under the jurisdiction of the Devil.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Laurence J PeterThe devil could change. He was once an angel and may be evolving still.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Thomas PaineIt is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.

—  Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, English-American writer

Jean AnouilhWith God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Fyodor DostoyevskyI think the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Sigmund FreudWe read in Rabelais of how the Devil took flight when the woman showed him her vulva.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Jean CocteauGod exists. He is the devil.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Sigmund FreudThe Devil would be the best way out as an excuse for God.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Joseph StalinGod is on your side? Is He a Conservative? The Devil's on my side, he's a good Communist.

—  Joseph Stalin, 1879-1953, Soviet leader

     (to Churchill)

Elbert HubbardI believe there is no devil but fear.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Karl KrausThe devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people meaner.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

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

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Wolfgang GoetheFaust: Who holds the devil, let him hold him well, He hardly will be caught a second time.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

DanteThe devil is not as black as he is painted.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet


Bible Quotes

Book of RevelationLet the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and that number is six hundred sixty-six.

—  Book of Revelation ‐ 13:18

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Latin Quotes

Gospel of MarkGet off my back, Satan

Vada retro me, Satana.

—  Gospel of Mark ‐ 8:33

     (from the Vulgate, spoken by Jesus to Peter)

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