Cunning Quotes

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Neil Gaiman
“CHORONZON: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.

MORPHEUS: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.

CHORONZON: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.

MORPHEUS: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.

CHORONZON: I am a snake, spider-devouring, posion-toothed.

MORPHEUS: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy-footed.

CHORONZON: I am an anthrax, butcher bacterium, warm-life destroying.

MORPHEUS: I am a world, space-floating, life-nurturing.

CHORONZON: I am a nova, all-exploding... planet-cremating.

MORPHEUS: I am the Universe -- all things encompassing, all life embracing.

CHORONZON: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgment. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds... of everything. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?

MORPHEUS: I am hope.”
Neil Gaiman, Preludes & Nocturnes

Cassandra Clare
“Look, it's easy to outsmart a werewolf or a vampire," Jace said. "They're no smarter than anyone else. But faeries live for hundreds of years and they're as cunning as snakes. They can't lie, but they love to engage in creative truth-telling. They'll find out whatever it is you want most in the world and give it to you—with a sting in the tail of the gift that will make you regret you ever wanted it in the first place."
He sighed. "They're not really about helping people. More about harm disguised as help.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

Leo Tolstoy
“One must be cunning and wicked in this world.”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Baltasar Gracián
“Cunning grows in deceit at seeing itself discovered, and tries to deceive with truth itself.”
Balthasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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.”
Shannon L. Alder

Toba Beta
“See not the face..
but only the eyes,
of the poker face.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

“Rabbits need dignity and, above all, the will to accept their fate.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down

Craig Ferguson
“Oh Satan you're a wily one.”
craig ferguson

Olivia Cunning
“Would you like to sit?" Kellen asked her.
"You'd better do it soon," Owen whispered close to her ear, "or I'm going to bend you over that table and break the club's no-penetration-in-the-lounge rule.”
Olivia Cunning, Touch Me

Angelica Hopes
“Don't step on shits, don't be part of shits, don't shit on others as you escape from other bullshits." ~ Angelica Hopes, an excerpt from If I Could Tell You”
Angelica Hopes

Richard Curtis
“I have a cunning plan.”
Richard Curtis, Blackadder the Third: The Award-Winning BBC Comedy

“He has an old man's caution and a young man's ambition, and has never lacked for cunning.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“Teddy risked a look backward and nodded as he handed Henry his hat. The two men shook hands and then walked past each other Teddy moving in the direction of Henry's room and Henry the hat pulled down over his face toward the Cutting carriage that was waiting by the curb.”
Anna Godbersen, Rumors

Certains ont l’air honnête, mais quand ils te serrent la main, tu as intérêt à recompter tes doigts.

Some may look honest, but when you shake their hand, you had better count your fingers.”

William Faulkner
“I'm fifty; all I know is that people nineteen years old will do anything, and that the only thing which makes the adult world at all safe from them is the fact that they are so preconceived of success that the simple desire and will are the finished accomplishment, that they pay no attention to mere dull mechanical details.”
William Faulkner, Knight's Gambit

Sarah J. Maas
“We'll start over. Do things differently. When you were gone, I realized... I'd been wrong. So wrong, Feyre. And I'm sorry.

Too late. Too damned late.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

“If they can’t make you bend to them, they will claim for making you stronger, the cunning foxes”
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Harriet Ann Jacobs
“Thus far I had outwitted him, and I triumphed over it. Who can blame slaves for being cunning? They are constantly compelled to resort to it. It is the only weapon of the weak and oppressed against the strength of their tyrants.”
Harriet Ann Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Iris Murdoch
“With the characteristic cunning of true love, she was already manipulating the future.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine

Steven Magee
“I am a wolverine trapped inside of a damaged human body.”
Steven Magee

John Buchan
“He had just the same narrow head, and stubborn mouth, and honest, quick-tempered eyes. It is the type that makes dashing regimental officers, and earns V.C.’s, and gets done in wholesale. I was never that kind. I belonged to the school of the cunning cowards.”
John Buchan, Mr. Standfast

Jean Baudrillard
“The conjunction of the ' straightest', most austere product of the Northern hemisphere - the presbyterian, the Anglo-Saxon, the quintessential hyperborean, in his pride and his theology - and the most primitive, regressive, impotent and also the most unselfconscious element that the Antipodes concealed under the sun: the Aboriginals. The clash resulted in the quasi-total extermination of the Antipodean, but the Southern hemisphere has not perhaps pronounced its last word yet.

The Aboriginals were certainly had. They were led to claim for themselves stretches of land which in the days when they had been left alone they had roamed through as nomads with never a thought of ownership. Their claim was directed towards an object they had never possessed and which they would have thought it contemptible and sacrilegious to possess. Typical Western cunning. In return they have palmed off an even deadlier virus on to us - the virus of origins.”
Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories

Sophie Corrigan
“You bet I'm cunning! But my mom always told me being intelligent was a GOOD thing!”
Sophie Corrigan, The Not Bad Animals

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Simplicity, cher enfant, is in reality the deepest cunning.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Adolescent

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Greed is to pursue something knowing that we might acquire that which we pursue. Yet, a part of us that is greater than that which we pursue will die in the pursuit. And the insanity of greed is that it reckons that such a trade-off is worthwhile.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“For whatever reason, the truth was apparent—

—he would no longer extend his hand towards Dia, the same way he did on that night during the ball when they first met.

The tears inside her heart felt as if they filled her chest to the brim.

All Dia could do now was to carefully and cunningly pull the thin strings so her beloved King of the Night wouldn’t go anywhere.

If they hadn’t met during that day where the night was the longest, she wouldn’t have fallen for him all over again like that.

She would have stayed as a vengeful ‘ghost’ that wanted revenge on those who killed her loved ones, without being stirred by wishes and hopes like that…”
Sakurase Ayaka (桜瀬彩香), The Kingdom of Everlasting Night and the Last Ball

William Shakespeare
“And my true eyes have never practis'd how

To cloak offences with a cunning brow”
William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece

“Chorus [of Birds]: Man is a truly cunning creature.”
Aristophanes, Birds

Samantha Shannon
“Joke are the declaration of fools”
Samantha Shannon, The Mime Order

Madeline Miller
“I think we must leave very soon, or else stay the winter.”
The window was open; the breeze passed over us. It was a trick of his, to set a sentence out like a plate on a table and see what you would put on it.”
Madeline Miller, Circe

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