has each one of us signed with the blood of his human nature….

“…has each one of us signed with the blood of his human nature a compact with some such spiritual power, with the demonic element within him, with that spirit of negation, of cynicism, of cold unideal utilitarian worldly-wisdom which mocks at faith and love and every high and tender impulse…?”

The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Faust-Legend and Goethe’s “Faust,” (p. 64), by H. B. Cotterill. (Commentary on Goethe’s Faust)