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Knaves Quotes

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

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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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

Necessity makes an honest man a knave.
- Daniel Defoe

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

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

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

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

Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

Imitation is the sincerest flattery.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
- Edmund Burke

The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery,
which is worth nothing.
- Jorge Luis Borges

He who says he hates every kind of flattery,
and says it in earnest, certainly does not yet know every kind of flattery.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true,
and blarney is flattery so thin we love it.
- Fulton J. Sheen

This flattery has been rather slow in coming.
I think all of sudden late in life now I'm getting
some credit for what I've done.
Which is gratifying, but it's kind of a little late.
- Jack Vance

Gossip is what you say about the objects of flattery
when they aren't present.
- P. J. O'Rourke

I can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand.
In the end it's really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything.
- Agnetha Faltskog

I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you
in your efforts to believe it.
- Wilson Mizner

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Advertising - a judicious mixture of flattery and threats.
- Northrop Frye

The love of one's own sex is precious,
for it is neither provoked by vanity nor retained by flattery;
it is genuine and sincere.
- Maria Mitchell

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt,
not swallowed.
- Josh Billings

Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty
you should lay it on with a trowel.
- Benjamin Disraeli

None are more taken in by flattery than the proud,
who wish to be the first and are not.
- Baruch Spinoza

Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery.
If you flatter all the company, you please none;
If you flatter only one or two,
you offend the rest.
- Jonathan Swift

A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.
- James Monroe

Flattery is the infantry of negotiation.
- Lord Chandos

Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.
- Jack Paar

Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.
- Minna Antrim

Flattery is like chewing gum.
Enjoy it but don't swallow it.
- Hank Ketcham

The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us by
assuring us of the truth of an opinion we have already formed about ourselves.
- Edith Sitwell

Imitation is flattery, and The Hills Have Eyes is a classic.
- Michael Berryman

To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.
- John Churton Collins

Flattery in courtship is the highest insolence,
for whilst it pretends to bestow on you more than you deserve,
it is watching an opportunity to take from you what you really have.
- Sarah Fielding

Sheer flattery got me into the theater.
Flattery always works with me, particularly the flattery of women.
- Carroll O'Connor

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
- Joyce Brothers

Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

A woman's flattery may inflate a man's head a little;
but her criticism goes straight to his heart,
and contracts it so that it can never again hold quite as much love for her.
- Helen Rowland

Said I was beautiful, did he? He's being paid for treatment,
not flattery.
- Lillie Langtry

Imitation is the highest form of flattery,
but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting
individuality and being proud of being yourself.
- Brian Molko

The flattery is nice, but awards don't add up to writing quality songs.
- Chantal Kreviazuk

One may define flattery as a base companionship which
is most advantageous to the flatterer.
- Theophrastus

I trust it will not be giving away professional secrets
to say that many readers would be surprised,
perhaps shocked, at the questions which some newspaper
editors will put to a defenseless woman under the guise of flattery.
- Kate Chopin

We should keep silent about those in power;
to speak well of them almost implies flattery;
to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous,
and when they are dead is cowardly.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Be yourself. There is nothing more for you to do
than to be the best YOU that you can be -
with no imitation, no pretense, no guilt, no shame.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There comes a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance,
that imitation is suicide,
that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First,
by reflection, which is noblest; Second,
by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience,
which is the bitterest.
- Confucius

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To be as good as our fathers we must be better,
imitation is not discipleship.
- Wendell Phillips

The theologians have recognized that the ideal is the imitation of God.
If we be a part of such an organic thing,
this thing is God to us, as I am God to the cells that compose me.
- Charles Fort

The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates,
but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.
- Judith Butler

Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation
without reason and imitation without benefit.
- George Santayana

A long time ago, in a country not so far away,
I was eight years old, doing my best Darth Vader imitation.
- Hayden Christensen

The Past: Our cradle, not our prison;
there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour.
The past is for inspiration, not imitation,
for continuation, not repetition.
- Israel Zangwill

I'm no model lady.
A model's just an imitation of the real thing.
- Mae West

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
- Herman Melville

The worst acting is about imitation.
- Paul Guilfoyle

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
- Aesop

My works are an imitation of my own past and present.
- Barbara Hepworth

You know, there's so much imitation and so much pandering in Hollywood.
- Tom Selleck

Imitation is the sincerest form of television.
- Fred Allen


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