The best, the most skillful, the most devious and the most cunning.
The demagogue is usually sly, a detractor of others, a professor of humility and disinterestedness, a great stickler for equality as respects all above him, a man who acts in corners, and avoids open and manly expositions of his course, calls blackguards gentlemen, and gentlemen folks, appeals to passions and prejudices rather than to reason, and is in all respects, a man of intrigue and deception, of sly cunning and management.james fenimore cooper
An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie.
I've heard old cunning stagers Say, fools for arguments use wagers.
In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.a. e. housman
The cosmos which he now created was that which contains the readers and the writer of this book. In its making he used, but with more cunning art, many of the principles which had already served him in earlier creations; and he wove them together to form a more subtle and more capricious unity than ever before.Olaf Stapledon
Here was a man who could not spell, and did not care to read — who had the habits and the cunning of a boor: whose aim in life was pettifogging: who never had a taste, or emotion, or enjoyment, but was sordid and soil; and yet he had rank, and honors, and power, somehow: and was dignitary of the land, and a pillar of the state.william makepeace thackeray
Hence, bashful cunning! And prompt me, plain and holy innocence!william shakespeare
I hold it ever, Virtue and cunning were endowments greater Than nobleness and riches: careless heirs May the two latter darken and expend; But immortality attends the former, Making a man a god.william shakespeare
I have heard That guilty creatures sitting at a play, Have, by the very cunning of the scene, Been struck so to the soul that presently They have proclaim'd their malefactions; For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak. With most miraculous organ.william shakespeare
Search then the ruling passion; there alone, The wild are constant, and the cunning known; The fool consistent, and the false sincere; Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here.Alexander Pope
A Judge ought to prepare his way to a just sentence, as God useth to prepare his way, by raising valleys and taking down hills: so when there appeareth on either side a high hand, violent prosecution, cunning advantages taken, combination, power, great counsel , then is the virtue of a Judge seen to make inequality equal; that he may plant his judgment as upon even ground.
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
The original context is that a husband might lock his wife in the house to prevent her adulteries, but she is cunning and will start with the guards; hence, who guards the guards? The phrase has come to be applied broadly to people or organisations acting against dishonesty or corruption, esp. in public life. See Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? at Wikipedia.
the cunning the craven … they live for until though the sun in his heaven says Now
cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.william hazlitt