Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914) was an American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer. Bierce is best known for his "howlingly funny" book The Devil's Dictionary, which was named as one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration.

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The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.

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.

Revolution n. In politics an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

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.

Barometer n.: An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.

Battle n. A method of untying with the teeth a political knot that would not yield to the tongue.

Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion.

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.

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

Telephone n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.

Egotism n: Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen.

We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.

The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge.

Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions.

I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It's one of the curses of London.

Learning n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.

Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.

Who never doubted never half believed. Where doubt is there truth is - it is her shadow.

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