Proverbs about Devil

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

Devil take the hindmost.

The devil can quote Scripture for his own ends.

With money one may command devils; without it, one cannot even summon a man.

A devil with fine manners can still carry you only to hell.

When the angels present themselves, the devils abscond.

A young angel, an old devil.

Do not make two devils of one.

Happy the child whose father goes to the devil.

He is not so much of a devil as he is black.

He is the devil’s valet, he does more that he is ordered.

 In borrowing an angel, in repaying a devil.

One candle for St. Michael, and another for his devil.

Parsley seed goes nine times to the Devil.

Pulling the devil by the tail does not lead far young or old.

Religious contention is the devil’s harvest.

Slanderers are the devil’s bellows, to blow up contention.

The devil is not always at a poor man’s door.

The devil leads him by the nose who the dice too often throws.

The devil may die without my inheriting his horns.

The devil often lurks behind the cross.

 The devil rebukes sin.

 The devil was handsome when he was young.

The devil was sick, the Devil a saint would be; the Devil was well, the devil a saint was he.

The devil was so fond of his children that he plucked out their eyes.

The devil’s meal turns half to bran.

The Emperor of Germany is the king of kings, the King of Spain king of men, the King of France king of asses, the King of England king of devils.

To the devil with so many masters, said the toad to the harrow.

Were the devil to come from hell to fight, there would forthwith be a Frenchman to accept the challenge.

When God sends flour the devil carries off the sack.

When the devil grows old he turns himself hermit.

When the devil says his paternosters he means to cheat you.

When the Frenchman sleeps the devil rocks him.

Why should the devil have all the best tunes?

He who plays with a sword plays with the devil.

I see by my mother-in-law’s eyes when the devil takes hold of her.

 The devil is fond of his own.

A pack of cards is the devil’s prayer-book.

As good eat the devil as the broth he was boiled in.

Devils must be driven out with devils.

Every man for himself, and the Devil take the hindmost.

He who has once invited the devil into his house, will never be rid of him.

Hold a candle to the devil.

In time of war the devil makes more room in hell.

Let the devil get into the church, and he will mount the altar.

“Like will to like,” as the devil said to the coal-burner.

One man is another’s devil.

Places are God’s; placemen are the devil’s.

Raise no more devils than you can lay.

Revenge in cold blood is the devil’s own act and deed.

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