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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
Knave, Knavery
A knave discovered is a great fool.  1
An old knave is no babe.  2
An open knave is a great fool.  3
Better kiss a knave than be troubled with him.  4
Better the sensible knave than the fool.  Bolingbroke.  5
Cool weather and knaves come out of the north.  6
Early waster—long knave.  7
Every one is glad to see a knave caught in his own trap.  8
For an honest man half his wits are enough; the whole is too little for a knave.  Italian.  9
He hath a cloak for his knavery.  10
He is doubly sinful who congratulates a successful knave.  Publius Syrus.  11
He is no small knave that knows a great one.  Danish.  12
He who knows a knave makes no bid for him.  Danish.  13
It is a bad thing to be a knave, but worse to be known for one.  Italian.  14
It is as hard to please a knave as a knight.  15
Knavery without luck is the worst trade in the world.  16
Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used.  17
Knaves are in such repute that honest men are accounted fools.  18
Knaves imagine nothing can be done without knavery.  19
Knaves will thrive when honest plainness knows not how to live.  Shirley.  20
More knave than fool.  21
No more mortar, no more brick; a cunning knave has a cunning trick.  22
Nobody so like an honest man as an arrant knave.  23
None better guard against a cheat, than he who is a knave complete.  Martial.  24
Once a knave, always a knave.  25
One knavery is met by another.  Spanish.  26
One piece of knavery begets another.  Terence.  27
Sly knavery is too hard for honest wisdom.  28
The hatred of knaves is preferable to their company.  Latin.  29
The knave and fool are their own libellers.  Pope.  30
The more knave, the better luck.  Danish.  31
When knaves fall out, honest men come by their own.  32
With a fool and a knave there is no conclusion.  33
With art and knavery we live through half a year; with knavery and art we live through the other half.  Italian.  34

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