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Cunning has only private selfish aims, and sticks at nothing which may make them succeed. Discretion has large and extended views, and, like a well-formed eye, commands a whole horizon; cunning is a kind of shortsightedness, that discovers the minutest objects which are near at hand, but is not able to discern things at a distance.
      - Joseph Addison

Cunning is only the mimic of discretion, and may pass upon weak men, in the same manner as vivacity is often mistaken for wit, and gravity for wisdom.
      - Joseph Addison

Cunning is the dwarf of wisdom.
      - William R. Alger

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

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
      - Francis Bacon

Surely the continual habit of dissimulation is but a weak and sluggish cunning, and not greatly politic.
      - Francis Bacon

We take cunning for a sinister or crooked wisdom; and certainly there is a great difference between a cunning man and a wise man, not only in point of honesty, but in point of ability.
      - Francis Bacon

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

Cunning pays no regard to virtue, and is but the low mimic of reason.
      - 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John

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

Cleverness and cunning are incompatible.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The fox is very cunning, but he is more cunning who catches the fox.
      - Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Cunning cheats itself wholly, and other people partially.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Hurry and cunning are the two apprentices of despatch and skill; but neither of them ever learn their master's trade.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Taking things not as they ought to be, but as they are, I fear it must be allowed that Macchiavelli will always have more disciples than Jesus.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Stratagem is the right hand of cunning.
      - George William Curtis

The bounds of a man's knowledge are easily concealed, if he has but prudence.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

We should do by our cunning as we do by our courage--always have it ready to defend ourselves, never to offend others.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Whoever appears to have much cunning has in reality very little; being deficient in the essential article, which is, to hide cunning.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

All my own experience of life teaches me the contempt of cunning, not the fear. The phrase "profound cunning" has always seemed to me a contradiction in terms. I never knew a cunning mind which was not either shallow or on some point diseased.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Cunning differs from wisdom as twilight from open day.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The whole power of cunning is privative; to say nothing, and to do nothing , is the utmost of its reach. Yet men, thus narrow by nature and mean by art, are sometimes able to rise by the miscarriages of bravery and the openness of integrity, and, watching failures and snatching opportunities, obtain advantages which belong to higher characters.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

In a great business there is nothing so fatal as cunning management.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Cunning is none of the best nor worst qualities; it floats between virtue and vice; there is scarce any exigence where it may not, and perhaps ought not to be supplied by prudence.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

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