We say this jokingly in shortened from when we are joined by a person we have just been talking about. 'Well, talk of the devil! Here is the old... Read more →
Proverbs containing the word Devil
Speak the truth boldly in defiance of strong temptation to tell lies.
Anyone who mixes with evil companions must have all his wits about him. Thus it is dangerous to keep bad company.
This is a doctrine of self-preservation, which is said to be the first law of nature. As the French say, 'Sauve qui peut' ('Save himself who... Read more →
The devil was sick, the devil a monk would be; The devil was well, the devil a monk was he. People who make pious resolutions in time of... Read more →
This is the short version of EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF, AND THE DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST.
An unknown danger or hardship is much more frightening than one we have already experienced. 'I have got to go to Paris again on business next... Read more →
No one is wholly bad, and when we think that someone has been blamed too much we use this proverb. 'I agree with you up the a post, but don't be... Read more →
Those who have nothing useful to do and seeks some way of passing the time are liable to drift into wrongdoing.
Even the very bad sometimes do a good deed, so we should recognize the good points of others, even though they are not friends of ours.