Well, if we're going to do quotations ... Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies, The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) English writer and scholar [Clive Staples Lewis] God in the Dock , “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment” (1970) “The best moments in my life,” I said, “have come because I loved somebody.” “Yeah,” he said. “And the worst,” I said. “Yeah,” he said. Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) American writer The Professional , ch. 8 (2009) Always behind what we imagine are our best deeds stands the devil, patting us paternally on the shoulder and whispering, “Well done!” Carl Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychologist “A Psychological View of Conscience” (1958) Trust no friend without faults, And love a maiden, but no angel. [Trau keinem Freunde sonder Mängel, Und leib’ ein Mädchen, kienem Engel.] Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781) German playwright, philosopher, dramiturg, writer Note in a Family Register (1778) The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul producing holy witness Is like a villain with a smiling cheek, A goodly apple rotten at the heart: O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath! William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English dramatist and poet The Merchant of Venice, Act 1, sc. 3. [Antonio] (c. 1597) So spake the Fiend, and with necessity, The Tyrant’s plea, excus’d his devilish deeds. John Milton (1608-1674) English poet Paradise Lost , 4.383 (1667) Try not to think it glamorous, ladies. Intelligencer work is nine-tenths discontented ennui, and one-tenth abject terror. Rather like falling in love. Gail Carriger (b. 1976) American archaeologist, author [pen name of Tofa Borregaard] Waistcoats & Weaponry (2014) One thing shines clear in the heart’s sweet reason, One lightning over the chasm runs — That to turn from love is the world’s one treason That darkens all the suns. Edwin Markham (1852-1940) American poet “The Crowning Hour” (2), The Shoes of Happiness, and Other Poems (1913) The old woman took the umbrella, gratefully, and smiled her thanks. “You’ve a good heart,” she told him. “Sometimes that’s enough to see you safe wherever you go.” Then she shook her head. “But mostly, it’s not.” Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) British fabulist Neverwhere (1996) She’s the sort of woman who lives for others — you can always tell the others by their haunted expression. C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) English writer and scholar [Clive Staples Lewis] The Screwtape Letters , ch. 26 (1982 ed. (1942)) The devil’s most devilish when respectable. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) English poet “Aurora Leigh” (1857) They lied to you. The Devil is not the Prince of Matter; the Devil is the arrogance of the spirit, faith without smile, truth that is never seized by doubt. The Devil is grim because he knows where he is going, and, in moving, he always returns whence he came. Umberto Eco (b. 1932) Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, novelist The Name of the Rose (1980) Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool. It seems as if heaven had sent its insane angels into our world as to an asylum, and here they will break out into their native music and utter at intervals the words they have heard in heaven; and then the mad fit returns, and they mope and wallow like dogs. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet “History,” Essays: First Series (1841) Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense. Mark A. Overby Now, as Crowley would be the first to protest, most demons weren’t deep down evil. In the great cosmic game they felt they occupied the same position as tax inspectors — doing an unpopular job, maybe, but essential to the overall operation of the whole thing. If it came to that, some angels weren’t paragons of virtue; Crowley had met one or two who, when it came to righteously smiting the ungodly, smote a good deal harder than was strictly necessary. On the whole, everyone had a job to do, and just did it. And on the other hand, you got people like Ligur and Hastur, who took such a dark delight in unpleasantness you might even have mistaken them for human. Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) British fabulist Good Omens [with Terry Pratchett] (1990) The churches used to win their arguments against atheism, agnosticism, and other burning issues by burning the ism-ists, which is fine proof that there is a devil but hardly evidence that there is a God. Ben Lindsey (1869-1943) American jurist and social reformer [Benjamin Barr Lindsey] The Revolt of Modern Youth (1925) The lesson of history, a lesson the Devil has known all along, is this: The best way to defeat the kingdom of God is to empower the church to rule the kingdom of the world — for then it becomes the kingdom of the world! The best way to get people to lay down the cross is to hand them the sword! Gregory A. "Greg" Boyd (b. 1957) American evangelical pastor, Christian theologian, author. The Myth of a Christian Nation (2007) It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) British fabulist Good Omens , “Eleven Years Ago” [with Terry Pratchett] (1990) TANNER: Of all human struggles there is none so treacherous and remorseless as the struggle between the artist man and the mother woman. Which shall use up the other? That is the issue between them. And it is all the deadlier because, in your romanticist cant, they love one another. OCTAVIUS: Even if it were so — and I don’t admit it for a moment — it is out of the deadliest struggles that we get the noblest characters. TANNER: Remember that the next time you meet a grizzly bear or a Bengal tiger, Tavy. OCTAVIUS: I meant where there is love, Jack. TANNER: Oh, the tiger will love you. There is no love sincerer than the love of food. I think Ann loves you that way: she patted your cheek as if it were a nicely underdone chop. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic Man and Superman , Act 1, l. 184-188 (1903) Ah, Love! could you and I with Him conspire To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire, Would not we shatter it to bits — and then Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire! Omar Khayyám (1048-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer Rubáiyát , 99 [tr. FitzGerald] I'm not sure the above haven't wandered from thoughts of Love as a weapon or the direness of Angels. But they were fun to sift through.