55 Cunning Quotes (With Images)

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1) Cunning grows in deceit at seeing itself discovered, and tries to deceive with truth itself.Balthasar Gracian

Cunning grows in deceit at seeing itself discovered, and tries to deceive with truth itself.

2) You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.Abraham Lincoln

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

3) You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

4) One must be cunning and wicked in this world.Leo Tolstoy

One must be cunning and wicked in this world.

5) The more cunning a man is, the less he suspects that he will be caught in a simple thing. The more cunning a man is, the simpler the trap he must be caught in.Fyodor Dostoevsky

The more cunning a man is, the less he suspects that he will be caught in a simple thing. The more cunning a man is, the simpler the trap he must be caught in.

6) In order to get the power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness, but with qualities which are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, cruelty.Leo Tolstoy

In order to get the power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness, but with qualities which are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, cruelty.

7) It is not the homeless, mentally ill or extremely cunning people that we have to be afraid of. When someone loses everything that meant something to them is when people should get very afraid. A person that has nothing to lose is the scariest person on earth.Shannon L. Alder

It is not the homeless, mentally ill or extremely cunning people that we have to be afraid of. When someone loses everything that meant something to them is when people should get very afraid. A person that has nothing to lose is the scariest person on earth.

8) One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.Niccolò Machiavelli

One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.

9) One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.William Blake

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

10) Rabbits need dignity and, above all, the will to accept their fate.Richard Adams

Rabbits need dignity and, above all, the will to accept their fate.

11) One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.Oscar Wilde

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

12) Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.Aldous Huxley

Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.

13) He has an old man’s caution and a young man’s ambition, and has never lacked for cunning.George R.R. Martin

He has an old man's caution and a young man's ambition, and has never lacked for cunning.

14) When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.William Blake

When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.

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

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

16) True evil is unlikely to receive an invitation from us, so it clothes itself in just enough truth to make itself look appealing and then it looks to unpeel us.Craig D. Lounsbrough

True evil is unlikely to receive an invitation from us, so it clothes itself in just enough truth to make itself look appealing and then it looks to unpeel us.

17) Have courage, or cunning, when you deal with an enemy.Publilius Syrus

Have courage, or cunning, when you deal with an enemy.

18) Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people’s weaknesses.William Hazlitt

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

19) Learn well how to think right and then be your own shepherd, otherwise you shall be the unlucky sheep of all sorts of cunning shepherds!Mehmet Murat ildan

Learn well how to think right and then be your own shepherd, otherwise you shall be the unlucky sheep of all sorts of cunning shepherds!

20) Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.William Shakespeare

Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.

21) Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.Steve Irwin

Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.

22) Why trust a fox when most of your chickens are missing?Anthony T.Hincks

Why trust a fox when most of your chickens are missing?

23) Pretend inferiority and encourage the arrogance of your enemy.Sun Tzu

Pretend inferiority and encourage the arrogance of your enemy.

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

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

25) 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

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.

26) If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.George Orwell

If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.

27) If you kept the small rules, you could break the big ones.Carl Sandburg

The greatest cunning is to have none at all.

28) Careful, a voice said in her head. Proceed with cunning.Sarah J. Maas

Careful, a voice said in her head. Proceed with cunning.

29) Man is naturally deceitful ever, in every way!Aristophanes

Man is naturally deceitful ever, in every way!

30) Stratagem is the right hand of cunning.George William Curtis

Stratagem is the right hand of cunning.

31) With the characteristic cunning of true love, she was already manipulating the future.Iris Murdoch

With the characteristic cunning of true love, she was already manipulating the future.

32) Only the cunning needs excuses.Aristotle

Only the cunning needs excuses.

33) Cunning is strength withheld.Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cunning is strength withheld.

34) Its funny when people recently change their attitude to gain entrance into your heart, which may only ignite your passion to close the door.Michael Bassey Johnson

Its funny when people recently change their attitude to gain entrance into your heart, which may only ignite your passion to close the door.

35) Women are very good in inventing ruses.Euripides

Women are very good in inventing ruses.

36) I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty – a sunken beauty.Jean Genet

I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty - a sunken beauty.

37) Bad people often end up as heroes.Michael Bassey Johnson

Bad people often end up as heroes.

38) Playing the fox to another fox.Ancient Greek phrase

Playing the fox to another fox.

39) 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

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.

40) There is nothing so cunning as tangled deception. If you wish to seek out the truth, first uncover the lies that surround the illusion.Virginia Alison

There is nothing so cunning as tangled deception. If you wish to seek out the truth, first uncover the lies that surround the illusion.

41) It is better to look simple-minded than to be shrewd.Demosthenes

It is better to look simple-minded than to be shrewd.

42) The art of using deceit and cunning grow continually weaker and less effective to the user.John Tillotson

The art of using deceit and cunning grow continually weaker and less effective to the user.

43) Behind every smile there is a cunning face.R. Gayan Priyankara

Behind every smile there is a cunning face.

44) 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 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.

45) The fox is very cunning, but he is more cunning who catches the fox.Pedro Calderon de la Barca

The fox is very cunning, but he is more cunning who catches the fox.

46) Be neither silly, nor cunning, but wise.Benjamin Franklin

Be neither silly, nor cunning, but wise.

47) Clever people, people who are cunning, do not know what love is because their minds are so sharp, because they are so clever, because they are so superficial – which means to be on the surface, and love is not a thing that exists on the surface.Jiddu Krishnamurti

Clever people, people who are cunning, do not know what love is because their minds are so sharp, because they are so clever, because they are so superficial - which means to be on the surface, and love is not a thing that exists on the surface.

48) The sure way to be cheated is to think one’s self more cunning than others.Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.

49) Cunning differs from wisdom as twilight from open day.Samuel Johnson

Cunning differs from wisdom as twilight from open day.

50) Cunning is a short blanket, if you pull it over your face, you expose your feet.Austin O’Malley

Cunning is a short blanket, if you pull it over your face, you expose your feet.

51) If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning.William Blake

If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning.

52) Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.Sappho

Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.

53) The cunning man steals a horse, the wise man lets him alone.Benjamin Franklin

The cunning man steals a horse, the wise man lets him alone.

54) Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.Iris Murdoch

Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.

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

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

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