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Ambrose Bierce Quotes

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

Experience. The wisdom that enables us to recognize in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

Category: Experience

Faith. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.

Category: Faith

Fidelity. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.

Category: Fidelity

Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.

Category: Food And Eating

To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.

Category: Forgiveness

A funeral is a pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker.

Category: Funerals

Future: That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.

Category: Future

The gambling known as business looks with severe disfavor on the business known as gambling.

Category: Gambling

Confidante. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C.

Category: Gossip

Habit is a shackle for the free.

Category: Habit

Happiness is an agreeable sensation, arising from contemplating the misery of others.

Category: Happiness

An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

Category: History And Historians

Historian. A broad -- gauge gossip.

Category: History And Historians

Alien. An American sovereign in his probationary state.

Category: Immigration

Impartial. Unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.

Category: Impartiality