Cunning

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  • A cunning man overreaches no one half as much as himself.
    • Beecher
  • 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.



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