Sunday, 18 December 2011

Cunning - Quotes

A cunning man overreaches no one half so much as himself. - Henry Ward Beecher

A cunning mind emphatically delights in its own cunning, and is the ready prey of cunning. - Anna Jameson

Cunning is a misplaced ambition of being perfect in others' deficiencies: it is the culture of low parts, and the proficiency of low minds. - Norman MacDonald

Cunning is natural to mankind. It is the sense of our weakness, and an attempt to effect by concealment what we cannot do openly and by force. - William Hazlitt

Cunning is seeing a hundred yards ahead – wisdom, fifty miles in advance. - Charles William Day

Cunning leads to knavery. It is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery. - Bruyere

Don't think so much of your own Cunning, as to forget other Men's: A cunning Man is overmatch'd by a cunning Man and a Half. - Benjamin Franklin

It has been a sort of maxim, that the greatest art is to conceal art; but I know not how, among some people we meet with, their greatest cunning is to appear cunning. - Richard Steele

The common practice of cunning is a sign of small genius; and it almost always happens that those who use it to cover themselves in one place, lay themselves open in another. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others. - Francois deLa Rochefoucauld

The very cunning conceal their cunning; the indifferently shrewd boast of it. - Christian Nestell Bovee

We should do by our cunning as we do by our courage, always have it ready to defend ourselves, never to offend others. - Fluke Greville

Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable. - Jane Austen

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