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Quotes about Cunning


'T is beauty truly blent, whose red and white
Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on:
Lady, you are the cruell'st she alive
If you will lead these graces to the grave
And leave the world no copy.

William Shakespeare

An I thought he had been valiant and so cunning in fence, I 'ld have seen him damned ere I' ld have challenged him.

William Shakespeare

This is the very coinage of your brain:
This bodiless creation ecstasy
Is very cunning in.

William Shakespeare

Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides.

William Shakespeare

Put out the light, and then put out the light:
If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,
I can again thy former light restore
Should I repent me; but once put out thy light,
Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature,
I know not where is that Promethean heat
That can thy light relume.

William Shakespeare

The cunning livery of hell.

William Shakespeare

O, what authority and show of truth
Can cunning sin cover itself withal!

William Shakespeare

To sell a bargain well is as cunning as fast and loose.

William Shakespeare

The seeming truth which cunning times put on
To entrap the wisest.

William Shakespeare

In things that a man would not be seen in himself, it is a point of cunning to borrow the name of the world; as to say, "The world says," or "There is a speech abroad."

Francis Bacon

There is a cunning which we in England call "the turning of the cat in the pan;" which is, when that which a man says to another, he lays it as if another had said it to him.

Francis Bacon

It is a good point of cunning for a man to shape the answer he would have in his own words and propositions, for it makes the other party stick the less.

Francis Bacon

Quoth she, I 've heard old cunning stagers
Say fools for arguments use wagers.

Samuel Butler

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Old Testament

So cunning is the art that the substantial masses lead the eye to him, and he is nothing, the expandable, the faceless. He needs no face, being about to die.

Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book

The brain too is the body. It is a fine and cunning trelliswork, but we may eat brain as we eat feet and flanks. But there is one thing that is not to be eaten and that is the little fine saying I am I am I am

If words are to enter men's minds and bear fruit, they must be the right words shaped cunningly to pass men's defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds.

J.B. Phillips

What is called discretion in men is called cunning in animals.

Jean de la Fontaine

I've heard old cunning stagers Say, fools for arguments use wagers.

Samuel Butler (1)

What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.

Georges Bernanos

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

Francis Bacon

More are taken in by hope than by cunning.

Luc De Clapiers

Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nature is beneficent. I praise her and all her works. She is silent and wise. She is cunning, but for good ends. She has brought me here and will also lead me away. She may scold me, but she will not hate her work. I trust her.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Cunning . . . is but the low mimic of wisdom.

Henry St. John Bolingbroke

Cunning is strength withheld.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.

William Hazlitt

Cunning and treachery are the offspring of incapacity.

François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning. Yelling works better.

Cynthia Ozick

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

William Blake

Cunning men deal in generalizations.

American Proverb

There is a cunning which we in England call the turning of the cat in the pan.

Francis Bacon

The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.

Pierre Charron

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.

William Hazlitt

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Bible

So shall you hear Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters, Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause, And, in this upshot, purposes mistook Fall'n on th' inventors' heads.

William Shakespeare

A sly old fish, too cunning for the hook.

George Crabbe

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Bible

Man's Unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his Greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.

Thomas Carlyle

Hence, bashful cunning, And prompt me, plain and holy innocence!

William Shakespeare

Every man of action has a strong dose of egotism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be forgiven him, indeed, they will be regarded as high qualities, if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.

Charles De Gaulle

And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life which valour could not, from the grave. A better buckler I can soon regain, But who can get another life again?

Hans Christian Archilochus

The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.

Pierre Charron

In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning. Yelling works better.

Cynthia Ozick

Search then the ruling passion; there alone, The wild are constant, and the cunning known; The fool consistent, and the false sincere; Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here.

Alexander Pope

Doubt not but God who sits on high, Thy secret prayers can hear; When a dead wall thus cunningly Conveys soft whispers to the ear.

Unattributed Author

The devil personifies not the nature that is around us but the nature that is within us- the infinitely ferocious and cunning prehuman creature that is still within us, sealed in the subconscious cellars of the psyche.

Eric Hoffer

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.

Alexander Pope

The cunning livery of hell. -Measure for Measure. Act iii. Sc. 1.

William Shakespeare

O, what authority and show of truth Can cunning sin cover itself withal! -Much Ado about Nothing. Act iv. Sc. 1.

William Shakespeare

To sell a bargain well is as cunning as fast and loose. -Love's Labour 's Lost. Act iii. Sc. 1.

William Shakespeare

The seeming truth which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest. -The Merchant of Venice. Act iii. Sc. 2.

William Shakespeare

'T is beauty truly blent, whose red and white Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on: Lady, you are the cruell'st she alive If you will lead these graces to the grave And leave the world no copy. -Twelfth Night. Act i. Sc. 5.

William Shakespeare

Cunning is strength withheld.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

O cunning enemy that, to catch a saint, With saints dost bait thy hook: most dangerous Is that temptation that doth goad us on To sin in loving virtue.

William Shakespeare

Upon the cunning loom of thought We weave our fancies, so and so.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The language I have learnt these forty years, My native English, now I must forgo; And now my tongue's use is to me no more Than an unstringed viol or a harp, Or like a cunning instrument cased up Or, being open, put into his hands That knows no touch to tune the harmony.

William Shakespeare

Treason and murder ever kept together, As two yoke-devils sworn to either's purpose, Working so grossly in a natural cause That admiration did not whoop at them; But thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in Wonder to wait on treason and on murder; And whatsoever cunning fiend it was That wrought upon thee so preposterously Hath got the voice in hell for excellence.

William Shakespeare

And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life which valour could not, from the grave. A better buckler I can soon regain, But who can get another life again?

Hans Christian Archilochus

High Air-castles are cunningly built of Words, the Words well bedded also in good Logic-mortar; wherein, however, no Knowledge will come to lodge.

Thomas Carlyle

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