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Ambrose Bierce Quotes

(1842-1914), American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

The covers of this book are too far apart.

Category: Critics And Criticism

A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.

Category: Cynics And Cynicism

Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.

Category: Debt

Deliberation. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on.

Category: Deliberation

Destiny. A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

Category: Destiny

Consul. In American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.

Category: Diplomacy

Divorce. A resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries.

Category: Divorce

Dog. A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship.

Category: Dogs

Opiate. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.

Category: Drugs

Duty. That which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire.

Category: Duty

Education is that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.

Category: Education

An egotist is a person interested in himself than in me!

Category: Egotism

Egotist. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me.

Category: Egotism

Enthusiasm. A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.

Category: Enthusiasm

Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.

Category: Experience