Quotes About Cunning

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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.”
Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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

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

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

Adam Smith
“The prudent man always studies seriously and earnestly to understand whatever he professes to understand, and not merely to persuade other people that he understands it; and though his talents may not always be very brilliant, they are always perfectly genuine. He neither endeavours to impose upon you by the cunning devices of an artful impostor, nor by the arrogant airs of an assuming pedant, nor by the confident assertions of a superficial and imprudent pretender. He is not ostentatious even of the abilities which he really possesses. His conversation is simple and modest, and he is averse to all the quackish arts by which other people so frequently thrust themselves into public notice and reputation.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

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

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

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

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Bad people often end up as heroes.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Master of Maxims

Anna Godbersen
“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

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

George R.R. Martin
“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

Eli Easton
“I’m not a serpent, Father. I’m a crow.”
Eli Easton, The Lion and the Crow

Nancy E. Turner
“Was he he handsome?" she asked with a sly smirk.
"Very. He is still, I think."
"The devil, they say, goes about in finery."
"And if you believe Beelzebub is as cunning as he is attractive, then I think we have found him.”
Nancy E. Turner

Hilary Mantel
“Henry stirs into life. 'Do I retain you for what is easy? Do you think it is for your personal beauty? The charm of your presence? I keep you, Master Cromwell, because you are as cunning as a bag of serpents. But do not be a viper in my bosom. You know my decision. Execute it.'
pg. 585”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

Nick Spencer
“Jade: The Devil goes to God and says, "you think Job is your faithful servant, but if you took away all the gifts you've given him, he'll abandon you."

So God does it... He takes away all of Job's blessings. His family dies, he gets sick, everything just starts to suck for him... but he never turns his back on God.

Ike: Everyone knows this story. But I've always had a problem with it, myself.

Jade: You mean like, why does God let him suffer?

Ike: No, I assume God couldn't care less about the poor fuck. No, what I wonder is... what is God doing entertaining an audience with the Devil?”
Nick Spencer, Morning Glories, Vol. 3: P.E.

Sarah J. Maas
“Careful, a voice said in her head. Proceed with cunning.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

Israelmore Ayivor
“Some bad friends are so crafty in such a way that by the time their mission is reveal, they have already executed portions of it.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts

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.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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...”
Virginia Alison

Tana French
“It does that to you, being a detective. You look at blank space and see gears turning, motives and cunning; nothing looks innocent any more. Most times when you prove away the gears, the blank space looks lovely, peaceful. But that arm: innocent, it looked just as dangerous.”
Tana French, The Secret Place

Nicholas Wiseman
“Depend upon it, he who wishes to win the prize must come on the principle that two and two make four.”
Nicholas Wiseman

Sophocles
“AGAMEMNÔN. Il n’est pas facile à un roi d’être pieux.

ODYSSEUS. Mais les rois peuvent obéir aux amis qui les conseillent bien.”
Sophocles, Ajax

Brock Clarke
“How did he get so terribly smart, so determined? Maybe it was the pain I'd caused that made him that way, and if that were true, then I'd sort of had a hand in it, in making him as smart and devious as he was. I was really starting to dislike the guy. But I also felt a little proud, like Dr. Frankenstein must have felt when his monster turned on him, because after all, it was Dr. Frankenstein who had made the monster strong and cunning enough to turn on him.”
Brock Clarke, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England

“Narcissists only play for their own business, whereas Distortionists play with other’s business only to gain personal advantage. If you are both, then you aren’t an entrepreneur.”
Ashish Patel

Israelmore Ayivor
“I suggest to you, late or not late, the moment you have discovered that the mission of someone is to pee on your dreams, keep him away or keep away from him.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts

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