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Knavery Quotes

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Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
- Abraham Lincoln

Related topics: Cynical Life Human-Nature Psychology

Knavery seems to be so much a the striking feature
of its inhabitants that it may not in the end be an
evil that they will become aliens to this kingdom.
- George III

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

No man is so much a fool as not to have wit enough sometimes to be a knave;
nor any so cunning a knave as not to have the weakness
sometimes to play the fool.
- George Savile

 

It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.
- David Hume

The same ambition can destroy or save,
and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
- Alexander Pope

We are no more free agents than the queen of clubs
when she victoriously takes prisoner the knave of hearts.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

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Necessity makes an honest man a knave.
- Daniel Defoe

He who says there is no such thing as an honest man,
you may be sure is himself a knave.
- George Berkeley

The heart never grows better by age;
I fear rather worse,
always harder.
A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave
will only be a greater knave as he grows older.
- Lord Chesterfield

Very often, say what you will, a knave is only a fool.
- Voltaire

The Four Stages of Public Opinion
I (Just after publication): The novelty is absurd
and subversive of Religion and Morality.
The propounder both fool and knave.
II (Twenty years later): The Novelty is absolute Truth
and will yield a full and satisfactory
explanation of things in general -
The propounder a man of sublime genius and perfect virtue.
III (Forty years later): The Novelty won't explain
things in general after all, and therefore is a wretched failure.
The propounder a very ordinary person advertised by a clique.
IV (A century later): The Novelty a mixture of truth and error.
Explains as much as could reasonably be expected.
The propounder worthy of all honor
in spite of his share of human frailties,
as one who has added to the permanent possessions of science.
- Thomas Henry [T. H.] Huxley

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power;
let fortune's bubbles rise and fall;
who sows a field,
or trains a flower, or plants a tree,
is more than all.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten.
- Thomas Otway

There are more fools than knaves in the world,
else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.
- Samuel Butler

You will be amused when you see that I have more than
once deceived without the slightest qualm of conscience,
both knaves and fools.
- Giacomo Casanova

In the mass of mankind, I fear, there is too great
a majority of fools and knaves;
who,
singly from their number, must to a certain degree be respected,
though they are by no means respectable.
- Philip Stanhope

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry.
One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed.
These are fearful odds.
- Benjamin Disraeli

An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold,
and her preparations for viewing were awesome.
- William Manchester

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.
- Herbert Hoover

A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable
and more dangerous for all of us.
- Margaret Thatcher

Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
- Augustine Birrell

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

In the long term we can hope that religion will change
the nature of man and reduce conflict.
But history is not encouraging in this respect.
The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.
- Richard M. Nixon

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
- Jessamyn West

There are no extraordinary men...
just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
- William Halsey

We learned the value of research in World War II.
- Amar Bose

I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar

Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a
contribution to the advance of peace,
I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.
- Douglas MacArthur

The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried
out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror.
They were acts of war.
- George W. Bush

The construction of Europe is an art.
It is the art of the possible.
- Jacques Chirac

To people who remember JFK's assassination,
JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin.
- Michael Beschloss

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve
the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
- Margaret Thatcher

Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the
core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment.
- Sandra Day O'Connor


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