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SUBTLETY
[ Also see Artifice Cunning Equivocation Sophistry ]

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
      - Francis Bacon

Subtlety will sometimes give safety, no less than strength; and minuteness has sometimes escaped, where magnitude would have been crushed. The little animal that kills the boa is formidable chiefly from its insignificance, which is incompressible by the folds of its antagonist.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.
      - Oliver Cromwell

God is subtle, but he is not malicious.
  [Ger., Raffiniert ist der Herr Gott, aber boshaft ist er nicht.]
      - Albert Einstein,
        inscribed in Fine Hall at Princeton University

It is said that Windham, when he came to the end of a speech, often found himself so perplexed by his own subtlety that he hardly knew which way he was going to give his vote. This is a good illustration of the fallaciousness of reasoning, and of the uncertainties which attend its practical application.
      - Augustus William Hare


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