Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.


Now I will show myself
To have more of the serpent than the dove;
That is—more knave than fool.
Marlowe—The Jew of Malta. Act II. Sc. 3.

Zeno first started that doctrine, that knavery is the best defence against a knave.
Plutarch—Morals. Vol. I. Of Bashfulness.

There’s ne’er a villain dwelling in all Denmark
But he’s an arrant knave.
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 124.

A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 14.

Whip me such honest knaves.
Othello. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 49.

His nunc præmium est qui recta prava faciunt.
Knavery’s now its own reward.
Terence—Phormio. V. 1. 6.