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

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