Quotes and Sayings about Knave



"History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: History, Events, Fools, Soldiers)

"There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Fools, World)

"You will be amused when you see that I have more than once deceived without the slightest qualm of conscience, both knaves and fools."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: Conscience, Fools, Will)

"The heart never grows better by age; I fear rather worse, always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Age, Heart, Fear, Knave, Old, Will)

"Necessity makes an honest man a knave."
- Daniel Defoe
(Related: Knave, Man, Necessity)

"Knavery seems to be so much a the striking feature of its inhabitants that it may not in the end be an evil that they will become aliens to this kingdom."
- George III
(Related: End, Evil, Knavery, May, Will)

"It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave."
- David Hume
(Related: Knave, Man, Maxim)

"Knavery and flattery are blood relations."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Blood, Flattery, Knavery)

"We are no more free agents than the queen of clubs when she victoriously takes prisoner the knave of hearts."
- Mary Wortley Montagu
(Related: Knave, Queen)

"Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten."
- Thomas Otway
(Related: Men)

"Cunning leads to knavery. It is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery. Only lying makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery."
- Ovid
(Related: Cunning, Difference, Knavery, Lying)

"The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Ambition, Knave)

"No man is so much a fool as not to have wit enough sometimes to be a knave; nor any so cunning a knave as not to have the weakness sometimes to play the fool."
- George Savile
(Related: Cunning, Fool, Knave, Man, Play, Weakness, Wit)

"In the mass of mankind, I fear, there is too great a majority of fools and knaves; who, singly from their number, must to a certain degree be respected, though they are by no means respectable."
- Philip Stanhope
(Related: Fear, Fools, Majority, Mankind)

"Very often, say what you will, a knave is only a fool."
- Voltaire
(Related: Fool, Knave, Will)

"Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all."
- John Greenleaf Whittier
(Related: Power, Fools, Fortune, Gold, Plants)