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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Meekness: Uncommon patience in planning a revenge that is worth while.
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
Immortality: A toy which people cry for And on their knees apply for Dispute contend and lie for And if allowed Would be right proud Eternally to die for.
Alliance - in international politics the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.