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Quotes of subtlety

  1. It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety – Isaac Asimov
  2. The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding. – Francis Bacon
  3. There was a subtlety about Peggy Lee. It was powerful. There was a valuable use of space. Everything was not cluttered. Her voice was out front and was the key instrument. – Rita Coolidge
  4. Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will. – Oliver Cromwell
  5. I love the subtlety and tonal range of the acoustic guitar. – Dan Fogelberg
  6. French is, in many ways, more difficult for an English -speaking person to sing. It is so full of complex and trying vowels. It requires the utmost subtlety – Alma Gluck
  7. My idol was Jack Benny and he was the master of subtlety and timing. – Don Knotts
  8. I appreciate subtlety I have never enjoyed a kiss in front of the camera. There's nothing to it except not getting your lipstick smeared. – Hedy Lamarr
  9. I think the players, I put in the book for example that we should go back to wood rackets, probably they laughed at me, I'm a dinosaur, but I think that you see these great players, have even more variety and you see more strategy, there'd be more subtlety – John McEnroe
  10. Spirit of place! It is for this we travel, to surprise its subtlety and where it is a strong and dominant angel, that place, seen once, abides entire in the memory with all its own accidents, its habits, its breath, its name. – Alice Meynell
  11. The difference between stupid and intelligent people- and this is true whether or not they are well -educated- is that intelligent people can handle subtlety – Neal Stephenson
  12. Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. – Leonardo da Vinci
  13. Rebecca is an example of how not to manage men. The rules of the game never change, it requires subtlety – Mary Wesley

Usage examples for subtlety

  1. With a woman's subtlety she was simultaneously employing all the dialects of the Barbarians in order to appease their anger. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  2. The girl had a moment, at this, of thinking it natural that her interlocutress herself should so fail of subtlety – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  3. The latter must only have enough subtlety and humanity to conceal his sympathy with this tragedy. – Human, All-Too-Human, Part II by Friedrich Nietzsche
  4. But when Sacnoth was lifted up, the eye of Tharagavverug in the butt of the hilt beheld the dragon and perceived his subtlety – The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany
  5. It developed that Sharon's idea of reasoning lacked subtlety – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  6. He had subtlety enough to understand her. – Witness For The Defence by A.E.W. Mason
  7. A union of extreme subtlety and one against which it was impossible to contend. – The Siege of Mafeking (1900) by J. Angus Hamilton
  8. The keen eyes glittered, and the quick mind was caught by the subtlety of the suggestion. – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  9. Such subtlety had no charm for Ann; howbeit, my aunt gave no place to her doubting, and once more her urgent eloquence prevailed on the sorrowing maid to govern the yearning of her soul; and when I promised my friend to support her, she gave the wise lady, who had shown her such plain proofs of her devoted friendship, her word that she would in every point obey her. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  10. I was wrong, there is a subtlety about it, a devilish ingenuity about it. – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  11. Busteretto was reaching dog's estate, his shape had taken on a degree of subtlety his hair was growing long and straight and like leaves of the weeping willow. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  12. He knew every subtlety of her coloring in one glance. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  13. To the irresistible power of the general he could only oppose the subtlety of a student. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  14. " I don't think he gives me credit for that much subtlety – Sjambak by John Holbrook Vance
  15. The subtlety of Mrs. Clarke, too, helped Dion at first. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  16. I resolve to deserve you, my lord, replied she, by talents of more value than those of music; by a justness of sense more valuable than that which your sages set such a price upon, and which is only a mere subtlety of mind. – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  17. He chuckled to himself, as though enjoying the subtlety of his own humour. – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges
  18. Such men are the natural leaders of mankind; they effect what they effect not by any subtlety or ingenuity. – At Large by Arthur Christopher Benson
  19. There was remarkable subtlety also, in the manner in which that feeling was tempered. – Shadows of the Stage by William Winter
  20. But when I saw his look of puzzled wonder and admiration, I began to appreciate the subtlety and wisdom of her method. – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford