Quotes: cunning

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  • William Hazlitt
    William Hazlitt
    English writer 1778-1830
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    Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering the weaknesses of others.
  • William Hazlitt
    William Hazlitt
    English writer 1778-1830
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    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.
  • Carl Sandburg
    Carl Sandburg
    American Poet 1878-1967
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    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)
  • Iris Murdoch
    Iris Murdoch
    Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher 1919-1999
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    Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
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    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
    Charles de Gaulle
    French statesman 1890-1970
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    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.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    Every man wishes to be wise, and they who cannot be wise are almost always cunning.
  • A. E. Housman
    A. E. Housman
    British poet 1859-1936
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    In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
  • Cynthia Ozick
    Cynthia Ozick
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    In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning. Yelling works better.
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Roman statesman and writer 106 BC - 43 BC
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    Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
  • Cesare Pavese
    Cesare Pavese
    Italian novelist and poet 1908-1950
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    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.''
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas Carlyle
    Scottish writer and historicus 1795-1881
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    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.
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander Pope
    English poet 1688-1744
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    Many people are capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
  • Lydia M. Child
    Lydia M. Child
    American Abolitionist, Writer, Editor 1802-1880
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    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.
  • Francis Bacon
    Francis Bacon
    English philosopher and statesman 1561-1626
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    Nothing doch more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
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