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ARTIFICE
[ Also see Cunning Deceit Dishonesty Dissimulation Equivocation Falsehood Fraud Lying Simplicity Sophistry Subtlety ]

Shallow artifice begets suspicion,
  And like a cobweb veil, but thinly shades
    The face of thy design, alone disguising
      What should have ne'er been seen, imperfect mischief.
      - William Congreve

Nature is mighty. Art is mighty. Artifice is weak. For nature is the work of a mightier power than man. Art is the work of man under the guidance and inspiration of a mightier power. Artifice is the work of mere man, in the imbecility of his mimic understanding.
      - Augustus William Hare

It is sometimes necessary to play the fool to avoid being deceived by cunning men.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The ordinary employment of artifice is the mark of a petty mind; and it almost always happens that he who uses it to cover himself in one place uncovers himself in another.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

To know to dissemble is the knowledge of kings.
      - Armand Jean du Plessis Duc de Richelieu

Artifice is allowable in deceiving a rival; we may employ everything against our enemies.
  [Lat., Pour tromper un rival l'artifice est permis;
    On peut tout employer contre ses ennemis.]
      - Armand Jean du Plessis Duc de Richelieu,
        Les Tuileries


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