An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The devil's most devilish when respectable.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


The devil is the author of confusion.


Robert Burton (1576-1640, British clergyman, scholar)


The devil has his elect.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


I know nothing more mocking than a devil that despairs.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


If the devil could be persuaded to write a bible, he would title it, "You Only Live Once."


Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American journalist)


The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself.


Vance Havner


Why should the devil have all the good tunes?


Rowland Hill


The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.


Sir Roger L'Estrange


Satan is neither omnipotent nor free to do everything he pleases. Prince of the world he may be, but the Prince of Peace has come and dealt him a death blow.


Harold Lindsell


The devil is God's ape!


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


You are permitted in time of great danger to walk with the devil until you have crossed the bridge.


Bulgarian Proverb


The devil places a pillow for a drunken man to fall upon.


Canadian Proverb


Speak of the Devil and he appears.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


The devil's boots don't creak.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


At sometime in our lives a devil dwells within us, causes heartbreaks, confusion and troubles, then dies.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


The devil can site scripture for his own purpose! An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: Merchant of Venice


The devil has the power to assume a pleasing shape.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The devil doesn't know how to sing, only how to howl.


Francis Thompson (1859-1907, British poet)


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


A. W. Tozer (1897-1963, American preacher)


Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it.


Alan Valentine


You must have the devil in you to succeed in the arts.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


Satan always finds some mischief for idle hands to do.


Isaac Watts (1674-1748, British hymn-writer)


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