Quotes by cunning
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English writer 1778-1830
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.
English writer 1778-1830
A Whig is properly what is called a Trimmer - that is, a coward to both sides of the question, who dare not be a knave nor an honest man, but is a sort of whiffing, shuffling, cunning, silly, contemptible, unmeaning negation of the two.
American Poet 1878-1967
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger. And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them: Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.Source: Chicago l. 10 (1916)
Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher 1919-1999
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
English writer 1894-1963
Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.
Charles de Gaulle
French statesman 1890-1970
Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.
English writer 1709-1784
Every man wishes to be wise, and they who cannot be wise are almost always cunning.
A. E. Housman
British poet 1859-1936
In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
American writer 1928-
In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning. Yelling works better.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Roman statesman and writer 106 BC - 43 BC
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Italian novelist and poet 1908-1950
Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: ''You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.''
Scottish writer and historicus 1795-1881
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.
English poet 1688-1744
Many people are capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
Lydia M. Child
American Abolitionist, Writer, Editor 1802-1880
None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.
English philosopher and statesman 1561-1626
Nothing doch more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.