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KNAVERY
[ Also see Badness Baseness Bribery Crime Cunning Deceit Depravity Dishonesty Fraud Guilt Hypocrisy Mischief Sin Vice Villainy Virtue Wickedness Wrong ]

Knavery is ever suspicious of knavery.
      - Joseph Addison

Every knave is a thorough knave, and a thorough knave is a knave throughout.
      - Bishop George Berkeley

There are cases in which a man would be ashamed not to have been imposed upon. There is a confidence necessary to human intercourse, and without which men are often more injured by their own suspicions than they would be by the perfidy of others.
      - Edmund Burke

Knaves starve not in the land of fools.
      - Charles Churchill

A thorough-paced knave will rarely quarrel with one whom he can cheat: his revenge is plunder; therefore he is usually the most forgiving of beings, upon the principle that if he come to an open rupture, he must defend himself; and this does not suit a man whose vocation it is to keep his hands in the pocket of another.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Knavery is supple, and can bend, but honesty is firm and upright and yields not.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

A knave thinks himself a fool, all the time he is not making a fool of some other person.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

A man is not born a knave; there must be time to make him so, nor is he presently discovered after he becomes one.
      - Sir John Holt

After a long experience in the world, I affirm, before God, I never knew a rogue who was not unhappy.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

The craftiest wiles are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The worst of all knaves are those who can mimic their former honesty.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Now I will show myself
  To have more of the serpent than the dove;
    That is--more knave than fool.
      - Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta
         (act II, sc. 3)

Zeno first started that doctrine, that knavery is the best defence against a knave.
      - Plutarch, Morals (vol. 1, Of Bashfulness)

While I live, no rich or noble knave shall walk the world in credit to his grave.
      - Alexander Pope

Even knaves may be made good for something.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Knavery's plain face is never seen till used.
      - William Shakespeare

There's never a villain dwelling in all Denmark
  But he's an arrant knave.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, v)

A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-faking, whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pander, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch; one whom I will beat into clamorous whining if thou deny'st the least syllable of thy addition.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Kent at II, ii)

Whip me such honest knaves!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at I, i)

Knaves will thrive when honest plainness knows not how to live.
      - James Shirley

Knavery's now its own reward.
  [Lat., His nunc praemium est qui recta prava faciunt.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (V, I, 6)

By fools, knaves fatten; by bigots, priests are well clothed; every knave finds a gull.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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