In most writers, style is a welcome, an invitation, a letting down of the drawbridge between the artist and the world. Shaw had no time for such ruses. Unlike most of his countrymen, he abominated charm, which he regarded as evidence of chronic temperamental weakness.
I don’t want to escape via intellectual ruses – I want affirmations via passionate embraces & you can’t have life unless you live it.marsden hartley
La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas.Charles Baudelaire
The art of generalship does not age, and it is because Scipio's battles are richer in stratagems and ruses many still feasible today than those of any other commander in history that they are an unfailing object-lesson to soldiers.