You're going to have to surrender a little bit to the contrivance of how Freddy and Jason get together.
— Robert Englund

It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Thomas Jefferson contrivance quote

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have a right that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom.
— Edmund Burke

Almost always tradition is nothing but a record and a machine-made imitation of the habits that our ancestors created. The average conservative is a slave to the most incidental and trivial part of his forefathers glory -- to the archaic formula which happened to express their genius or the eighteenth-century contrivance by which for a time it was served.
— Walter Lippmann

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.
— contrivance quotation by Henri CartierBresson