“The devil never shows his true face. He knows what man likes and what attracts him; he presents to him what he likes and what attracts him. He speaks to you about what you would like to hear. He shows you the things that you would like to see. He offers you the things that you would like to touch. He gives you to eat the things that you would like to taste.
“When counterfeiters fake gold, they do it with the same brilliant color. It is the same with the devil who, when he wants to fake the image of the God of love, resorts to things that human beings call love in order to cause confusion, to muddle the reality of the God of love in man’s mind. He plays on our instinct and affections, on our ties and attachments and on the slavery of our habits.”
"The inner life of another that is known to God alone becomes to a much less degree open to us through friendship. It partially fills the desire of our incomplete, lonely hearts for completeness in another. Friendship brings out the best in a person through forgetfulness of self." - St. Thomas Aquinas