— Tom Waits American singer-songwriter and actor 1949
"Heartattack and Vine", Heartattack and Vine (1980).
„There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.“
— Clive Staples Lewis, buch The Great Divorce
The Great Divorce (1944–1945), Ch. 11
„…You could take up the line that some of the gnostics took up – a line which I often thought was a very plausible one – that as a matter of fact this world that we know was made by the devil at a moment when God was not looking. There is a good deal to be said for that, and I am not concerned to refute it.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1920s, Why I Am Not a Christian (1927), "The Moral Arguments for Deity"
„Gods suppressed become devils, and often it is these devils whom we first encounter when we turn inward.“
— Joseph Campbell American mythologist, writer and lecturer 1904 - 1987
„He is compelled to insist that Jehovah is as bad now as he was then; that he is as good now as he was then. Once, all the crimes that I have mentioned were commanded by God; now they are prohibited. Once, God was in favor of them all; now the Devil is their defender. In other words, the Devil entertains the same opinion to-day that God held four thousand years ago. The Devil is as good now as Jehovah was then, and God was as bad then as the Devil is now.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Some Reasons Why (1881), Context: The believer in the inspiration of the Bible is compelled to say, that there was a time when slavery was right, when women could sell their babes, when polygamy was the highest form of virtue, when wars of extermination were waged with the sword of mercy, when religious toleration was a crime, and when death was the just penalty for having expressed an honest thought. He is compelled to insist that Jehovah is as bad now as he was then; that he is as good now as he was then. Once, all the crimes that I have mentioned were commanded by God; now they are prohibited. Once, God was in favor of them all; now the Devil is their defender. In other words, the Devil entertains the same opinion to-day that God held four thousand years ago. The Devil is as good now as Jehovah was then, and God was as bad then as the Devil is now.
— Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1914
„You're looking at me as though I'm weird. My god! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It's in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil.“
— Antonin Scalia former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1936 - 2016
2010s, 2013-10-06 In Conversation: Antonin Scalia Jennifer Senior New York http://nymag.com/news/features/antonin-scalia-2013-10/index3.html
„Fear you?" she said without thinking. "Good God, I would never do that."
Easing her head back, Westcliff looked at her while a slow smile spread across his face. "No, you wouldn't," he agreed. "You'd spit in the devil's eye if it suited you.“
— Lisa Kleypas, It Happened One Autumn
„The gods of one age become the devils of the age to follow. The priests look forward to the age to come and see only the end of the world.“
— Lon Milo DuQuette American occult writer 1948
Angels, Demons, & Gods of the New Millennium (1997), Chapter 4
— P. D. James, buch The Children of Men
The Children of Men (1992), Chapter 1.
„Man provides his own goods and his own evils, neither God nor the Devil has anything to do with it.“
— Diana Norman British author and journalist 1933 - 2011
— Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1879 - 1953
Contemporary witnesses, Said to Winston Churchill in Tehran, November 1943, as quoted in Fallen Eagle: The Last Days of the Third Reich (1995) by Robin Cross, p. 21
— Charles Manson American criminal and musician 1934 - 2017
„When you live in alignment you stop telling God how big your problems are and start telling your problems how big God is.“
— Steve Maraboli 1975
Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 131