Quotes of artifice

  1. If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice in order to effect their purpose. – William Bartram
  2. The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence. – Jean Baudrillard
  3. Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice a revolt, in a sense, against actuality. – James Joyce
  4. I always like to reveal the fact that the emperor has no clothes. And children are best at that. They teach us how to see the world in that sense. They are without artifice they see it for what it is. I am drawn to that ruthless honesty. – Mira Nair
  5. Art lies by its own artifice – Ovid
  6. That sense of a life in natural objects, which in most poetry is but a rhetorical artifice was, then, in Wordsworth the assertion of what was for him almost literal fact. – Walter Pater
  7. Art, whose honesty must work through artifice cannot avoid cheating truth. – Adrienne Rich
  8. To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice We live in the mind. – Wallace Stevens

Usage examples for artifice

  1. Sunderland tried one ingenious artifice to get rid of Walpole. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  2. But there are times when a little artifice may be resorted to, particularly in the matter of applying a little cut to the ball. – The Complete Golfer [1905] by Harry Vardon
  3. As we place ourselves at a point of view which is beyond the ideological views to which the actors in history were indebted for a consciousness of their work and in which they often found both the motives and the justification of their action, we may falsely believe that these ideological views were a pure appearance, a simple artifice a pure illusion in the vulgar sense of the word. – Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History by Antonio Labriola
  4. So great is the power of the French money, the artifice of their conduct, the terror of their arms, that they can bring the greatest kings in Europe to promote their interest and grandeur at the expense of their own." – Daniel Defoe by William Minto
  5. Danger lurked in the jungle- ah, yes; but it was danger both direct and elemental- not hidden beneath hypocrisy and artifice – Warrior of the Dawn by Howard Carleton Browne
  6. I observe in the papers lately, new attempts to revive this stale artifice and that they squint more directly towards you and myself. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  7. Eloquence and artifice count here more than thought or art. – The Literature of Ecstasy by Albert Mordell
  8. When it became clear that this artifice was employed for the purpose of causing delay, the returning officer took on himself the responsibility of closing the books, and of declaring Montague and Vernon duly elected. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 5 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  9. And when Gleditsch attached a dead bird to a cross made out of two sticks, or suspended a toad to a stick planted in the soil, the little beetles would in the same friendly way combine their intelligences to overcome the artifice of Man. – Mutual Aid A Factor of Evolution by kniaz' Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin
  10. I confess this was but an innocent artifice to get rid of him, as I had frequently done before; for it must be confessed that he was somewhat tedious. – The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and The Cold Heart by Adelbert von Chamisso Wilhelm Hauff
  11. I have let you read in my heart, and you must have seen that I know neither disguisement nor artifice –  by
  12. For as, in this case, the hearer has no motive to alarm his suspicions against the artifice of the speaker, he will rather think himself obliged to him than otherwise, for the pains he takes to amuse and gratify his ear. – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  13. An artifice then occurred to him which promised to be of ultimate advantage. – Persian Literature, Volume 1,Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan by Anonymous
  14. This policy placed considerable patronage at his command, and he rallied round him a crowd of contractors and artificers, who, but for his power of giving them something better to do, would, perhaps, have been contracting the bad habit of political agitation, or resorting to every kind of revolutionary artifice – The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott Becket
  15. She must have loved him well indeed to have forgotten his birth; for though he was introduced to her in disguise, he is too honorable not to have revealed to her the artifice which her love only could forgive. – The Lady of Lyons or Love and Pride by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  16. With all her skill and artifice therefore, she exerted herself to make up for Keith's negligence. – Dawn by Eleanor H. Porter
  17. Peggy herself recognised artifice – A Butterfly on the Wheel by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  18. By what effort, what artifice – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  19. 4. This tyrant employed the following artifice – Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings by Francis Augustus MacNutt