They call upon instead of Him none but female [deities], and they [actually] call upon none but a rebellious Satan. Whom Allah has cursed. For he had said, "I will surely take from among Your servants a specific portion. And I will mislead them, and I will arouse in them [sinful] desires, and I will command them so they will slit the ears of cattle, and I will command them so they will change the creation of Allah." And whoever takes Satan as an ally instead of Allah has certainly sustained a clear loss. -- Qur'an 4:117-119
I'm wondering if this is (or is considered to be) a literal quote from Satan, i.e., Satan actually said those words, and his exact words are reproduced in the Qur'an.
Question: Is Qur'an 4:118-119 considered as directly quoting Satan?
I didn't find an answer by looking through altafsir.com.
It seems unnecessary, even counterproductive for Satan to declare his evil plans. However, it may be that this were his initial plans, and they have evolved over time; I don't see many slitting the ears of cattle being particularly problematic nowadays.