"Theology created the fiction of Satan which represents the revolt if an infinite being against the existence of an absolute infinity, against God."
(Mikhaïl Bakounine / 1814-1876)
"But if Satan speaks sometimes, God keep silent, always. We have to find the answers alone."
(René Barjavel / 1911-1985 / The charmer / 1984)
"Where God hath a temple, the Devil will have a chapel."
(Robert Burton / 1577-1640 / The Anatomy of Melancholy, III)
"Three quarters of the American population literally believe in religious miracles. The numbers who believe in the devil, in resurrection, in God doing this and that -- it's astonishing. These numbers aren't duplicated anywhere else in the industrial world. You'd have to maybe go to mosques in Iran or do a poll among old ladies in Sicily to get numbers like this. Yet this is the American population."
(Noam Chomsky / born in 1928 / Interview 1994)
"If there are one hundred thousand damned souls for one saved soul, the devil has always the advantage without having given up his son to death."
(Denis Diderot / 1713-1784 / Addition to philosophical Thoughts)
"We have enslaved the rest of animal creation and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form."
(William Ralph Inge / 1860-1954 / The Theory and Practice of Hell)
"The faults of which we ask you [God] the remittance, it is you who make us commit them; the traps of which we implore you to deliver us, it is you who has set them for us; and the Satan which surrounds us, this Satan, it is you."
(Pierre-Joseph Proudhon / 1809-1865 / System of Economical Contradictions)
"The good Christian should beware of mathematicians, and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell."
(Saint Augustin / 354-430 / De genesi ad litteram / [Here, mathematician = astrologer])
"If I had a religious doctrine, here it is: If God exists and immobility also, God will be immobility, Satan being motion."
(Louis Scutenaire / 1905-1987)
"If you light one candle for God, then you must light two for the devil."
"A pack of cards is the devil's prayer book."