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Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.
The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.
Cancer is such a ruthless adversary because it behaves as if it has its own fiendishly cunning agenda.
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.
Lydia M. Child
It's the word 'artful'; it's such a great word, with its dark and its light side, its art and its cunning, the craft and the crafty of it - I've been preoccupied with the word 'artful' and the twin notions of 'cornucopia' and 'pickpocket' it suggests for quite some time.
Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
Nothing is more dreadful than private duels in America. The two adversaries attack each other like wild beasts. Then it is that they might well covet those wonderful properties of the Indians of the prairies - their quick intelligence, their ingenious cunning, their scent of the enemy.
Happy people are ignoramuses and glory is nothing else but success, and to achieve it one only has to be cunning.
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
People don't realize what a brilliant politician Lincoln was. Looking back, we want to ascribe a level of providence to his every decision but he was a cunning and calculating politician; from the cultivation of his image as a hayseed from Illinois, to his ability to keep this country together under dire circumstances.
Henry Louis Gates
It is a matter of common knowledge that the government of South Carolina is under domination of a small ring of cunning, conniving men.
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
I'm devious, cruel, cunning and addictive.
And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life which valour could not, from the grave. A better buckler I can soon regain, But who can get another life again?
These people being of a sharp and acute intellect, and gifted with a rich and powerful understanding, excel in whatever studies they pursue, and are more quick and cunning than the other inhabitants of a western clime.
I am a mediocre being, a bit cunning.
Cunning leads to knavery. It is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery. Only lying makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery.
If beauty isn't genius it usually signals at least a high level of animal cunning.
Our politicians are stupid. And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don't want to pay for them. They don't want to take care of them. Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them?
Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning bloodhound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock.
Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
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