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  The greatest cunning is to have none at all.  
 -  French proverb
  

  Cunning surpasses strength.  
 -  German proverb
  

  Cunning has little honor.  
 -  Danish proverb
  

  The most cunning are the first caught.  
 -  French proverb
  

  The cunning of women is strong, and the cunning of the devil is weak.  
 -  Arabic proverb
  

  Wit is better than cunning.  
 -  German proverb
  

  Cunning is followed by foolishness.  
 -  African proverb, Ovambo
  

  In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.  
 -  A. E. Housman
  

  Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.  
 -  Alexander Pope
  

  Cunning is a short blanket--if you pull it over your face, you expose your feet.  
 -  Austin O'Malley
  

  Do not be held a cheat, even though it is impossible to live today without being one. Let your greatest cunning lie in covering up what looks like cunning.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Watchfulness is the only guard against cunning. Be intent on his intentions. Many succeed in making others do their own affairs, and unless you possess the key to their motives you may at any moment be forced to take their chestnuts out of the fire to the damage of your own fingers.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  You may be too cunning for one, but not for all.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  It is to see the faults of others, but difficult to see once own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one's own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.  
 -  Buddha
  

  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.  
 -  Charles de Gaulle
  

  Knowledge which is divorced from justice may be called cunning rather than wisdom.  
 -  Cicero
  

  In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning. Yelling works better.  
 -  Cynthia Ozick
  

  Life is a battle of wits, and many people have to fight it unarmed.  
 -  Evan Esar
  

  It is sometimes necessary to play the fool to avoid being deceived by cunning men.  
 -  Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
  

  Self-love is more cunning than the most cunning man in the world.  
 -  Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
  

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

  The broad effects which can be obtained by punishment in man and beast, are the increase of fear, the sharpening of the sense of cunning, the mastery of the desires; so it is that punishment tames man, but does not make him 'better.'  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  No man is so much a fool as not to have wit enough sometimes to be a knave; nor any so cunning a knave as not to have the weakness sometimes to play the fool.  
 -  George Savile
  

  An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  No man is so much a fool as not to have wit enough sometimes to be a knave; nor any so cunning a knave as not to have the weakness sometimes to play the fool.  
 -  George Savile
  

  An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  The only means to gain one's ends with people are force and cunning. Love also, they say; but that is to wait for sunshine, and life needs every moment.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  Nature is beneficent. I praise her and all her works. She is silent and wise. She is cunning, but for good ends. She has brought me here and will also lead me away. She may scold me, but she will not hate her work. I trust her.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  More are taken in by hope than by cunning.  
 -  Luc De Clapier
  

  From a dog's point of view his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog.  
 -  Mabel L. Robinson
  

  Women are told from their infancy, and taught by the example of their mothers, that a little knowledge of human weakness, justly termed cunning, softness of temper, outward obedience and a scrupulous attention to a puerile kind of propriety, will obtain for them the protection of man.  
 -  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  

  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.  
 -  Ovid
  

  Cunning is but the low mimic of wisdom.  
 -  Plato
  

  Cunning is strength withheld.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Disguise your cunning. Like a billard ball that caroms several times before it hits its target, your moves must be planned and developed in the least obvious way. By training yourself to be indirect, you can thrive in the modern court, appearing the paragon of decency while being the consummate manipulator.  
 -  Robert Greene
  

  The feeling of having no power over people and events is generally unbearable to us - when we feel helpless we feel miserable. No one wants less power; everyone wants more. In the world today, however, it is dangerous to seem too power hungry, to be overt with your power moves. We have to seem fair and decent. So we need to be subtle - congenial yet cunning, democratic yet devious.  
 -  Robert Greene
  

  There is a cunning which we in England call 'the turning of the cat in the pan;' which is, when that which a man says to another, he lays it as if another had said it to him.  
 -  Sir Francis Bacon
  

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

  Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the finite.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  The weak in courage is strong in cunning.  
 -  William Blake
  

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