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

A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
Raymond Chandler devised quote

The wisdom of God devised a way for the love of God to deliver sinners from the wrath of God while not compromising the righteousness of God.
— John Piper

Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.
— James Joyce

Practice, which some regard as a chore, should be approached as just about the most pleasant recreation ever devised.
— devised quotation by Babe Didrikson Zaharias