Quotes by Ambrose Bierce

Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.
– Ambrose Bierce

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Sweater, n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
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Politeness, The most acceptable hypocrisy.
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Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
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Bride, n. – A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
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Opportunity is a favorable occasion for grasping a disappointment.
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Lawyer – One skilled in the circumvention of the law.
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Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.
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Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
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Fidelity – a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.
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Genius – to know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul
of things.
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Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
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Education, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
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Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.
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Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
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In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
— Ambrose Bierce

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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.
– Ambrose Bierce

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