Quotes of Devious

“ All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it — an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains, or what passes through it; a point of view. ”

- Peter Conrad

“ A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbor. ”

- Jonathan Swift

“ He sees that this great roundabout The world, with all its motley rout, Church, army, physic, law, Its customs and its businesses, Is no concern at all of his, And says — what says he? — Caw. ”

- William Cowper

“ I remember feeling that technology was like trying to draw with your foot. In a ski boot. It was the most indirect way to work imaginable, but the potential had us all excited. I started in stop motion. ”

- Chris Wedge

“ I may have been fierce, but never low or underhand. ”

- Ty Cobb

“ It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value. ”

- Arthur C. Clarke

“ Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. ”

- Jane Austen

“ It was the first time it had ever occurred to me, that this detestable cant of false humility might have originated out of the Heep family. I had seen the harvest, but had never thought of the seed. ”

- Charles Dickens

“ The universe is asymmetric and I am persuaded that life, as it is known to us, is a direct result of the asymmetry of the universe or of its indirect consequences. The universe is asymmetric. ”

- Louis Pasteur

“ The most important pathological effects of pollution are extremely delayed and indirect. ”

- Rene Dubos

“ There never was a woman who did not prefer an oblique compliment to a straight truth - if the latter were unflattering. ”

- Minna Thomas Antrim

“ You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive. ”

- Margaret Thatcher

“ Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without. ”

- Albert Camus

“ Persecution is a bad and indirect way to plan religion. ”

- Sir Thomas Browne

“ Boys frustrate me. I hate all their indirect messages, I hate game playing. Do you like me or don't you? Just tell me so I can get over you. ”

- Kirsten Dunst

“ Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting. ”

- Emmet Fox

“ Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting. ”

- Dr. Emmit Fox

“ The superior person is easy to work for and difficult to please. If you try to please him in any devious way, he will not be pleased. And in his employment of people, he uses them according to their capacity. The lesser person is difficult to work for, yet is easy to please… ”

- Confucius

“ Our law very often reminds one of those outskirts of cities where you cannot for a long time tell how the streets come to wind about in so capricious and serpent-like a manner. At last it strikes you that they grew up, house by house, on the devious tracks of the old green lanes; and if you follow on to the existing fields, you may often find the change half complete. ”

- Walter Bagehot

“ To be a girl is to be sweet, to be a sugar or a honey, to have dolls, to play house and be the mother. To be a girl is not to fight, but to wheedle and cajole, to manipulate behind the scenes and deviously control by being pretty and coquettish. ”

- John Money
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