After the funeral, my father struggled through half a page, and it might as well have been Hottentott. 'And what dun they gi'e thee for that, lad?' 'Fifty pounds, father.' 'Fifty pounds!' He was dumbfounded, and looked at mewith shrewd eyes,asif I were a swindler.'Fifty pounds! An'tha's niver done a day's hard work in thy life.'D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence: 1925 Preface to Edward D McDonald (ed) A Bibliography of D. H. Lawrence.
"Half-Christian is a full swindler."wilhelm busch: "Ein halber Christ ist ein ganzer Betrüger." (from Bileam, Volume 5, Wilhelm Busch Bibliothek, p. 82)
And when you are poor and have to carryThe Christian creed and wife and childrenAll on your back, it is too much!That's why I made the Elixir of Youth,Which landed me in the jail at PeoriaBranded a swindler and a crookBy the upright Federal Judge!Edgar Lee Masters: "Dr. Siegfried Iseman"
Memory is a swindler, a forger emeritus of facts and figures.nelson rodrigues: O Berro Impresso das Manchetes; Crônicas completas da Manchete Esportiva 55-59 - Página 523, de Nelson Rodrigues - Publicado por Agir Editora, 2007 ISBN 8522007799, 9788522007790
Rolfe's vice was spiritual more than it was carnal: it might be said that he was a pander and a swindler, because he cared for nothing but his faith. He would be a priest or nothing, so nothing it had to be…If he could not have Heaven, he would have Hell, and the last footprints seem to point unmistakably towards the Inferno.frederick rolfe: Graham Greene "Frederick Rolfe: Edwardian Inferno" (1934); cited from Collected Essays (New York: The Viking Press, 1969) p. 175
The thief or swindler who has gained great wealth by his delinquency has a better chance than the small thief of escaping the rigorous penalty of the law.thorstein veblen: p.117 (The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899))
I appeal to the philosophers of all countries to unite and never again mention Heidegger or talk to another philosopher who defends Heidegger. This man was a devil. I mean, he behaved like a devil to his beloved teacher, and he has a devilish influence on Germany. ... One has to read Heidegger in the original to see what a swindler he was.karl popper: As quoted in "At 90, and Still Dynamic : Revisiting Sir Karl Popper and Attending His Birthday Party" by Eugene Yue-Ching Ho, in Intellectus 23 (Jul-Sep 1992)
The more gifted by nature is a man, the more is deplorable the abuse that he does by using them to shameful ends. A swindler (or crook) of higher condition is more blameworthy than a vulgar scoundrel; an intelligent eveil-doer, having benefited from a higher education, represent a more saddening phenomenon ("phénomène", Fr.) than an unfortune illiterate fellow having commited an offence.african spir: p. 48 (Words of a Sage : Selected thoughts of African Spir (1937))
Mine is no caste or cult , what care I for one or the other... No one is of any use to me, nor am I of any use to anyone. Don’t have a son to need, someone’s daughter to wed. Tulsi is the slave of Rama, whoever may say whatever he likes. Begged for food, slept in a mosque , have nothing to take and nothing to give, call me a swindler or a saint , call me a Rajput or a Julaha.A Muslim weaver is called a Julaha which Tusllidas preferred to be called, as he was brought up by a Muslim couple who were weavers who had picked him up and brought him up. Quoted in "A Garden of Deeds: Ramacharitmanas, a Message of Human Ethics", p.106
Rolfe's vice was spiritual more than it was carnal: it might be said that he was a pander and a swindler, because he cared for nothing but his faith. He would be a priest or nothing, so nothing it had to be…If he could not have Heaven, he would have Hell, and the last footprints seem to point unmistakably towards the Inferno.Graham Greene "Frederick Rolfe: Edwardian Inferno" (1934); cited from Collected Essays (New York: The Viking Press, 1969) p. 175