â€œIt was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale, the tools were placed for public inspection; each tool being marked with its sale price. They were a treacherous lot of implementsâ€¦Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Deceit, Lying, Pride, and so on.
Laid apart from the rest was a harmless looking tool, well-worn and priced very high. â€œWhat is the name of this tool?â€ asked one of the purchasers, pointing to it. â€œThat is Discouragementâ€, replied the devil. â€œWhy have you priced it so high?â€ â€œBecause it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a manâ€™s heart with that when I cannot get near him with my other tools. Once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It is badly worn because I use it on almost everyone, since very few people know that it belongs to me.â€