C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Satan, as a master, is bad; his work much worse; and his wages worst of all.


  • Here we may reign secure; and in my choice
  • To reign is worth ambition, though in hell.
  • Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
  • Milton.

  • The infernal serpent; he it was, whose guile,
  • Stirr’d up with envy and revenge, deceiv’d
  • The mother of mankind.
  • Milton.

    If Satan doth fetter us, ’tis indifferent to him whether it be by a cable or by hair; nay, perhaps the smallest sins are his greatest stratagems.


  • Meanwhile the adversary of God and man,
  • Satan, with thoughts inflam’d of highest design,
  • Puts on swift wings, and towards the gates of Hell
  • Explores his solitary flight; sometimes
  • He scours the right hand coast, sometimes the left:
  • Now shaves with level wing the deep; then soars
  • Up to the fiery concave, tow’ring high.
  • Milton.