Who is Ambrose Bierce ?
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.
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Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.
Saint. A dead sinner revised and edited.
A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of a public affairs for private advantage.
Egotist. A person of low
taste, more interested in himself than me.
Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
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Politeness -- The most acceptable hypocrisy.
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
Habit is a shackle for the free.
Beauty. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
Dog. A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship.
Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.
Divorce. A resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries.
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An egotist is a person of low taste - more interested in himself than in me.
A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.
Education is that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
Pray: To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.
Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.
Think twice before you speak to a friend in need.
Fidelity. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.
Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man, who has no gills.
Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
Don't steal; thou it never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat.
Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify.
The world has suffered more from the ravages of ill-advised marriages than from virginity.
Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.
Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity.
The covers of this book are too far apart.
Opiate. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.
Backbite. To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you.
They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid.
Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of
the essential identity of the two tongues.
Convent - a
place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness.
When in Rome, do as Rome does.
PROPHECY, n. The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery.
Insurance - an ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.
To bother about the best method of accomplishing an accidental result.
An egotist is a person interested in himself than in me!
Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
A funeral is a pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker.
Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think.
Take not God's name in vain; select a time when it will have effect.
A man is known by the company he organizes.
Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.
Insurrection. An unsuccessful revolution; disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.