Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Related Quotes

Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy. The charlatan is verbose and assumptive; the Pharisee is ostentatious, because he is a hypocrite. Pride is the master sin of the Devil; and the Devil is the father of lies.

Character | Devil | Father | Hypocrisy | Ostentation | Pride | Sin |

Frederick Evan Crane

To make a man happy, fill his hands with work, his heart with affection, his mind with purpose, his memory with useful knowledge, his future with hope, and his stomach with food. The devil never enters a man except one of these rooms be vacant.

Character | Devil | Future | Happy | Heart | Hope | Knowledge | Man | Memory | Mind | Purpose | Purpose | Work |

Aldous Leonard Huxley

The human species... capacity for good is infinite, since they can, they desire, make room within themselves for divine Reality. But at the same time their capacity for evil is, not indeed infinite (since evil is always ultimately self-destructive and therefore temporary), but uniquely great. Hell is total separation from God, and the devil is the will to that separation... To be diabolic on the grand scale, one must, like Milton’s Satan, exhibit in a high degree all the moral virtues, except only charity and wisdom.

Capacity | Character | Charity | Desire | Devil | Evil | God | Good | Hell | Reality | Satan | Self | Time | Will | Wisdom |

Saint Jerome, aka Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymous, Hierom or Jerom NULL

Have something to do, so that the devil will always find you occupied.

Character | Devil | Will |

Gustavus Adolphus, Gustavus II

The devil is very near at hand to those who, like monarchs are accountable to none but god for their actions.

Devil | God | Wisdom | God |

Henry Bolingbroke, Henry IV of England

As thou desirest the love of God and man, beware of pride. It is a tumor in the mind, that breaks and ruins all thine actions; a worm in thy treasury, that eats and ruins thine estate. It loves no man, and is beloved of none; it disparages another's virtues by detraction, and thine own vainglory. It is the friend of the flatterer, the mother of envy, the nurse of fury, the sin of devils, and devil of mankind. It hates superiors, scorns inferiors, and owns no equal. In short, till thou hate it, God hate thee.

Devil | Envy | Friend | Fury | God | Hate | Love | Man | Mankind | Mind | Mother | Pride | Sin | Wisdom | God |

Richard Francis Burton, fully Sir Richard Francis Burton

Idleness is the bane of body and mind, the nurse of naughtiness, the chief author of all mischief, one of the seven deadly sins, the cushion upon which the devil chiefly reposes, and a great cause not only of melancholy, but of many other diseases; for the mind is naturally active; and if it be not occupied about some honest business, it rushes into mischief or sinks into melancholy.

Body | Business | Cause | Devil | Idleness | Melancholy | Mind | Wisdom |

Andrew Carnegie

Most of the troubles of humanity are imaginary and should be laughed out of court. It is folly to cross a bridge until you come to it, or to bid the Devil good-morning until you meet him - perfect folly. All is well until the stroke falls, and even then, nine times out of ten, it is not so bad as anticipated. A wise man is the confirmed optimist.

Devil | Folly | Good | Humanity | Man | Troubles | Wisdom | Wise |

Jeremy Taylor

The devil does not tempt people whom he finds suitably employed.

Devil | People | Wisdom |

Madame Swetchine, fully Anne Sophie Swetchine née Sophia Petrovna Soïmonov or Soymanof

There are times when it would seem as if God fished with a line, and the devil with a net.

Devil | God | Wisdom | God |

Llewelyn Powys

It is the stupidity of our minds that prevents us from seeng existence as a mystery wilder than the dreams of Devil or God.

Devil | Dreams | Existence | God | Mystery | Stupidity |

Creole Proverbs

When the Devil goes to mass he hides his tail.

Devil |

John Chrysotom

The monks have no sadness. They wage war on the devil as though they were performing a dance.

Devil | Sadness | War |

Author Unknown NULL

A nickname is the heaviest stone the devil can throw at a man.

Devil | Man |

Charles Caleb Colton

From its very inaction, idleness ultimately becomes the most active cause of evil; as a palsy is more to be dreaded than a fever. The Turks have a proverb, which says, "That the devil tempts all other men, but the idle men tempt the devil."

Cause | Devil | Evil | Idleness | Men |

Edmund Burke

Idleness is the badge of the gentry, the bane of body and mind, the nurse of naughtiness, the stepmother of discipline, the chief author of all mischief, one of the seven deadly sins, the cushion upon which the devil chiefly reposes, and a great cause not only of melancholy, but of many other diseases; for the mind is naturally active, and, if it is not occupied about some honest business, it rushes into mischief or sinks into melancholy.

Body | Business | Cause | Devil | Discipline | Idleness | Melancholy | Mind |

George Herbert

The Devil never assails a man except he find him either void of knowledge, or of the fear of God.

Devil | Fear | God | Knowledge | Man |

George Herbert

The Devil divides the word between Atheism and Superstition.

Atheism | Devil | Superstition |