Devil quotes and sayings

Talk of the devil, and he is bound to appear.
Proverb

We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
Oscar Wilde

It is no good casting out devils. They belong to us, we must accept them and be at peace with them.
D. H. Lawrence

If the devil does not exist, and man has therefore created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
William Shakespeare

The devil is only a convenient myth invented by the real malefactors of our world.
Robert Anton Wilson

It is so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it.
Ronald Knox

Devils can be driven out of the heart by the touch of a hand on a hand, or a mouth on a mouth.
Tennessee Williams

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

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.
Helen Keller

Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.
Nelson DeMille

The devil is not so black as he is painted.
Proverb

The quiet conscience is an invention of the devil.
Albert Schweitzer

Talk of the devil, and his horns appear.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Speak of the devil and he appears.
Italian Proverb

Where God has his church the Devil will have his chapel.
Spanish Proverb

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying. My name is Legion: for we are many.
Bible: Mark

No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.
Guy H. King

Sometimes
The Devil is a gentleman.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

The devil is in the details.
German Proverb

May the devil make a ladder of your backbone – While he is picking apples in the garden of Hell.
Old Irish toast

Gossip is the Devil’s radio.
George Harrison

Neutral men are the devil’s allies.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Of three things the devil makes a salad: advocate’s tongues, notaries’ fingers, and a third that shall be nameless.
Proverb

I have always said, the first Whig was the Devil.
Samuel Johnson

The Devil himself, which is the author of confusion and lies.
Robert Burton

You must have the devil in you to succeed in any of the arts.
Voltaire

Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don’t.
Proverb

Speak the truth and shame the devil.
Proverb

The devil never grants long leases.
Irish Sayings

The devil made me do it.
Flip Wilson

The devil is and always has been a gentleman.
Diane LaVey

The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.
A. W. Tozer

When a man hurries, the devil smiles.
Polish Proverb

Give the devil his due.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.
Billy Sunday

It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.
George Santayana

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
Bible: Luke

You are one of those that will not serve God, if the devil bid you.
William Shakespeare

The Devil, too, sometimes steals human children; it is not infrequent for him to carry away infants within the first six weeks after birth, and to substitute in their place imps.
Martin Luther

A woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil dress her not.
William Shakespeare

The Devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape.
William Shakespeare

He will give the devil his due.
William Shakespeare

When the devil grows old he turns hermit.
Ludovico Ariosto

When the Devil quotes Scriptures, it’s not, really, to deceive, but simply that the masses are so ignorant of theology that somebody has to teach them the elementary texts before he can seduce them.
Paul Goodman

The devil was the first democrat.
Lord Byron

The devil’s voice is sweet to hear.
Stephen King

Let the devil catch you but by a single hair, and you are his forever.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

They give themselves to God when the Devil will no longer have them.
Sophie Arnould

They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
William Shakespeare

Beauty and the devil are the same thing.
Robert Mapplethorpe

The devil’s most devilish when respectable.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Bid the Devil take the slowest.
Matthew Prior

When the Angels arrive, the devils leave.
Egyptian Proverb

When the devil drives, needs must.
John Heywood

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.
Albert Einstein

For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.
Martin Luther

People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don’t know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.
Anne Rice

The devil’s voice is sweet to hear.
Stephen King

The devil’s name is dullness.
Robert E. Lee