- A cunning man overreaches no one half as much as himself.
- The most sure method of subjecting yourself to be deceived, is to consider yourself more cunning than others.
- Cunning leads to knavery; it is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery; lying only makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery.
- In a great business there is nothing so fatal as cunning management.
- The animals to whom nature has given the faculty we call cunning know always when to use it, and use it wisely; but when man descends to cunning, he blunders and betrays.
- Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.