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  • She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
  • The worst mix — greedy, cunning, and without morals.
  • She is inexperienced and he is cunning.
  • But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
    2 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV)

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  • Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
    Ephesians 4:14 (NIV)
  • If he was still following, he was very wary and cunning.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • I will be found most cunning in my patience;
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Or perhaps in Slytherin
    You’ll make your real friends,
    Those cunning folk use any means
    To achieve their ends.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • You perceive the devilish cunning of it, for really it would be almost impossible to make a case against the real murderer.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "I’ll be judge, I’ll be jury," Said cunning old Fury:
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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  • In the silence they feared some cunning devilry of his, but they could not sit there for ever.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • and trust to cunning for want of speed.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • All the sharpness and cunning and quarrelsomeness ... seemed to have been washed away,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • All the Jungle-People admire us for our skill and our cunning.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • His newborn cunning gave him poise and control.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • He became cunning; he had idle time in which to devote himself to thoughts of trickery.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • and Dally—- wild, cunning Dally—-turning into a hoodlum because he’d die if he didn’t,
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • between you, you will have cunning as well as valour!
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I have some sport in hand wherein your cunning can assist me much.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Gollum certainly had that cunning, and needed all of it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • I started for the Amazon to hunt jaguars, for I had heard they were unusually cunning.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • his false cunning
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • He got a cunning look, as if getting ready to offer a deal—the look men have when they fight with men instead of poor stupid animals.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • And then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies’ plan.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • Stupid and cunning, ruthless and magnanimous-and that there must be some dominating factor that reconciles his two natures.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • He gave thanks to the gods for the cunning and strength that had caused him to defeat such an adversary.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • He is cunning, as I know from Mr. Jonathan and from the way that all along he have fooled us when he played with us for Miss Lucy’s life, and we lost,
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He was a short, square-built, cotton-headed individual with the face of an angel and the cunning of a stoat.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The men in his legions worshipped him not only for his courage and cunning but for his uncanny ability— to evade death even when facing appalling odds.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I will empty you of grief and guilt and self-pity and fill you up with hate and cunning and the spirit of vengeance.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • They are, in fact, extraordinarily complex—cunning, even—in the way they conceal secret information about peculiardom.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Pop was cunning and exuberant.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The incident was described in an article in a widely distributed sportsman’s magazine as an example of the cunning and dangerous nature of the wolf, and of the boundless courage of the men who match themselves against him.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Little did I know how cunningly I was being taught.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "He’s very cunning, Sticky.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The woman’s eyes were fastened on her face with a cunning triumph.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • She was deceitful, cunning, vicious.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • I am so cunning, crafty and clever, so filled with deceit, guile and chicanery, such a knave, so shrewd, cagey as well as calculating, as diabolical as I am vulpine, as tricky as I am untrustworthy …. well, I told you there were not words invented yet to explain how great my brain is, but let me put it this way: the world is several million years old and several billion people have at one time or another trod upon it, but I, Vizzini the Sicilian, am, speaking with pure candor and…
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • All his cunning returned.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • He would need the touch of a surgeon, the alertness of an owl, the cunning of three foxes, and the foresight of a grand master in chess.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Second serve—a brief rally and then a cunning, slicing cross-court forehand from me.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • "My, but isn’t he cunning."
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • The culprit is far too cunning to be apprehended for this dastardly deed.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • "Oh, we’d been dying to get our hands on all those cunning outfits.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • And a mightily powerful and cunning one at that?
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • He was smart and cunning, but his gaze was wistful.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • Opening them involves a cunning series of steps: find a seam with your fingernails, slide the bottom to the right, detach a side rail, remove a hidden key from inside the rail, unlock the top, and discover a bracelet inside.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Bennington greeted me effusively when I came in, grinning his cunning, endearing grin and asking me how I had withstood the cold that week.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • A concealed vent, cunningly let into the real wall, allowed air to enter from outside.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
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