The essayist ... can pull on any sort of shirt, be any sort of person, according to his mood or his subject matter — philosopher, scold, jester, raconteur, confidant, pundit, devil's advocate, enthusiast...
Go, and catch a falling star, Get with child a mandrake root, Tell me, where all past years are, Or who cleft the Devil's foot.john donne
But since the Devil's bride, Reason, that pretty whore, comes in and thinks she's wise, and what she says, what she thinks, is from the Holy Spirit, who can help us, then? Not judges, not doctors, no king or emperor, because [reason] is the Devil's greatest whore.Martin Luther
Isocrates was in the right to insinuate, in his elegant Greek expression, that what is got over the Devil's back is spent under his belly.alain-rené lesage
God is on your side? Is He a Conservative? The Devil's on my side, he's a good Communist.joseph stalin
Ambiguity the Devil's volleyball.
Reason is the Devil's harlot, who can do nought but slander and harm whatever God says and does.
A Christian is God Almighty's gentleman: a gentleman, in the vulgar superficial way of understanding the word, is the Devil's Christian.
When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the Devil's leavings.Alexander Pope
When we, the Workers, all demand: What are WE fighting for? Then we'll end that stupid crime, that Devil's madnessWar.
It is easyterribly easyto shake a man's faith in himself.Totakeadvantage ofthattobreak a man'sspirit is Devil's work.George Bernard Shaw
A politician is the Devil's quilted anvil, He fashions all sins on him, and the blows Are never heard.john webster
Mankind, from Adam, have been women's fools;Women, from Eve, have been the Devil's tools:Heaven might have spar'd one torment when we fell;Not left us women, or not threatened hell.granville, george, 1st baron lansdowne
"It's coming soon and soon, mother, it's nearer every day,When only men who work and sweat will have a word to say;When all who earn their honest bread in every land and soilWill claim the Brotherhood of Man, the Comradeship of Toil;When we, the Workers, all demand: `What are we fighting for?' . . .Then, then we'll end that stupid crime, that Devil's madness -- War."robert service
Of covetousness, we may truly say that it makes' both the Alpha and Omega in the Devil's alphabet, and that it is the first vice in corrupt nature which moves, and the last which dies.robert south
Idle hands are the Devil's playthings.
Worldly wealth is the Devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase.robert burton
To bargain freedom for security is the Devil's bargain. Having made the bargain, one enjoys neither freedom nor security.gerry spence
Shimer wears a mask of nodding tranquility but plays Devil's advocate to the Big Ten and the Ivy League.
Hypocrites do the Devil's drudgery in Christ's livery.
What is got over the Devil's back is spent under his belly.
He begrudges Tokay , and his palate will stain With that Devil's brew, modish, false Moscow champagne...