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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Knavery
 
  Knaves starve not in the land of fools.
Churchill.    
  1
  Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used.
Shakespeare.    
  2
  Knavery is ever suspicious of knavery.
Addison.    
  3
  Knaves will thrive when honest plainness knows not how to live.
Shirley.    
  4
  By fools, knaves fatten; by bigots, priests are well clothed; every knave finds a gull.
Zimmermann.    
  5
  While I live, no rich or noble knave shall walk the world in credit to his grave.
Pope.    
  6
  Every knave is a thorough knave, and a thorough knave is a knave throughout.
Bishop Berkeley.    
  7
  Even knaves may be made good for something.
Rousseau.    
  8
  Knavery is supple, and can bend, but honesty is firm and upright and yields not.
Colton.    
  9
  The craftiest wiles are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.
Lavater.    
  10
  Men, who are knaves individually, are in the mass very honorable people.
Montesquieu.    
  11
  A knave thinks himself a fool, all the time he is not making a fool of some other person.
Hazlitt.    
  12
  The worst of all knaves are those who can mimic their former honesty.
Lavater.    
  13
  A man is not born a knave; there must be time to make him so, nor is he presently discovered after he becomes one.
Chief Justice Holt.    
  14
  After a long experience in the world, I affirm, before God, I never knew a rogue who was not unhappy.
Junius.    
  15
  Cunning leads to knavery; it is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery; lying only makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery.
La Bruyère.    
  16
  There are cases in which a man would be ashamed not to have been imposed upon. There is a confidence necessary to human intercourse, and without which men are often more injured by their own suspicions than they would be by the perfidy of others.
Burke.    
  17
  A thorough-paced knave will rarely quarrel with one whom he can cheat; his revenge is plunder; therefore he is usually the most forgiving of beings, upon the principle that if he come to an open rupture, he must defend himself; and this does not suit a man whose vocation it is to keep his hands in the pocket of another.
Colton.    
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