Quotation by Mark Twain

We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents. A person who has for untold centuries maintained the imposing position of spiritual head of four-fifths of the human race, and political head of the whole of it, must be granted the possession of executive abilities of the loftiest order.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. repr. In Complete Essays, ed. Charles Neider (1963). "Concerning the Jews," Harper's (New York, Sept. 1899).
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