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CUNNING
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[ Also see Artifice Calculation Craft Deceit Dullness Knavery Subtlety ]

Cunning leads to knavery; it is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery; lying only makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Cunning and treachery are the offspring of incapacity.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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

The most sure method of subjecting yourself to be deceived is to consider yourself more cunning than others.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Those who are overreached by our cunning are far from appearing to us as ridiculous as we appear to ourselves when the cunning of others has overreached us.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Nobody was ever so cunning as to conceal their being so; and everybody is shy and distrustful of crafty men.
      - John Locke (1)

This is the fruit of craft:
  Like him that shoots up high, looks for the shaft,
    And finds it in his forehead.
      - Thomas Middleton

The animals to whom nature has given the faculty we call cunning know always when to use it, and use it wisely; but when man descends to cunning he blunders and betrays.
      - Thomas Paine

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Cunning is the in tensest rendering of vulgarity, absolute and utter.
      - John Ruskin

When the fox hath once got in his nose,
  He'll soon find means to make the body follow.
      - William Shakespeare

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.
      - Sir Richard Steele

It is a remarkable circumstance in reference to cunning persons that they are often deficient not only in comprehensive, far-sighted wisdom, but even in prudent, cautious circumspection.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately


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