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    As far as God goes, I _am_ a nonbeliever. Still am. But when it comes to a devil--well, that's something else.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: god 
     
    Perhaps evil is the crucible of goodness... and perhaps even Satan - Satan, in spite of himself - somehow serves to work out the will of God.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: evil  work  goodness  god  satan 
     
    We mourn the blossoms of May because they are to whither; but we know that May is one day to have its revenge upon November, by the revolution of that solemn circle which never stops - which teaches us in our height of hope, ever to be sober, and in our depth of desolation, never to despair.
    — William Peter Blatty
    When the filter is weakened by a powerful drug, what we see is not delusion but the truth.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: truth  powerful  drugs 
     
    The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us; but he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. His attack is psychological, Damien. And powerful.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: truth  lies  powerful  demon  liar 
     
    Your thoughts are too dull to entertain.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: thoughts 
     
    Would you like to hear a nice definition of jealousy? It's the feeling that you get when someone you absolutely detest is having a wonderful time without you.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: time  definition 
     
    Yet I think the demon's target is not the possessed; it is us . . . the observers . . . every person in this house. And I think--I think the point is to make us despair; to reject our own humanity, Damien: to see ourselves as ultimately bestial; as ultimately vile and putrescent; without dignity; ugly; unworthy.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: humanity  people  demon 
     
    For I think belief in God is not a matter of reason at all; I think it finally is a matter of love.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: belief  god 
     
    Horror does not interest me, and so I know little of its practicioners, old or current
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: horror 
     
    I lived in Georgetown in the late 70s about four houses down from the steps.
    — William Peter Blatty
    The terror drifted over georgetown like the sun over a blind mans eyes
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: eyes 
     
    Earth is a homicide victim. We lose our children. There are wars. Disease. And God comes strolling by like a cosmic Billie Burke.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: children  earth  child  god  war  victim 
     
    Procrastination is what we often call 'resistance.
    — William Peter Blatty
    You don't blame us for being here, do you? After all, we have no place to go. No home... Incidentally, what an excellent day for an exorcism.
    — William Peter Blatty
    God never talks. But the devil keeps advertising, Father. The devil does a lot of commercials.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: devil  god  father 
     
    In order for life to have appeared spontaneously on Earth, there first had to be hundreds of millions of protein molecules of the Ninth Configuration. But, given the size of the planet Earth, do you know how long it would take for just one of these protein molecules to appear by chance? Roughly 10 to the 243rd power, billions of years; and I find that far, far more fantastic than simply believing in a god.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: power  earth  god 
     
    I have never read horror, nor do I consider The Exorcist to be such, but rather as a suspenseful supernatural detective story, or paranormal police procedural.
    — William Peter Blatty
    What looked like morning was the beginning of endless night
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: night 
     
    But a myth, to speak plainly, to me is like a menu in a fancy French restaurant: glamorous, complicated camouflage for a fact you wouldn't otherwise swallow, like maybe lima beans.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: facts 
     
    I get cassettes near Academy Award time of every movie that's made that thinks it has some kind of chance for a nomination - that's when I watch my movies
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: chance  time  movie 
     
    I tried to make every bit of it as creepy as I could. And I had the same response you do. I feel the same way. The hospital scenes, that procedure was so real.
    — William Peter Blatty
    tags: real 
     
    And the sad truth is that nobody wants me to write comedy. The Exorcist not only ended that career, it expunged all memory of its existence.
    — William Peter Blatty
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