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Ambrose Gwinett Bierce quotes

Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and American Civil War veteran. His book The Devil's Dictionary was named as one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. His story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" has been described as "one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature", and his book Tales of Soldiers and Civilians was named by the Grolier Club as one of the 100 most influential American books printed before 1900.
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TRUTH, n. An ingenious compound of desirability and appearance. Discovery of truth is the sole purpose of philosophy, which is the most ancient occupation of the human mind and has a fair prospect of existing ... to the end of time.
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ECONOMY, n. Purchasing the barrel of whiskey that you do not need for the price of the cow that you cannot afford.
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IMMODEST, adj. Having a strong sense of one's own merit, coupled with a feeble conception of worth in others.
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WORMS'-MEAT, n. The finished product of which we are the raw material.
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HYENA, n. A beast held in reverence by some oriental nations from its habit of frequenting at night the burial-places of the dead. But the medical student does that.


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WORSHIP, n. Homo Creator's testimony to the sound construction and fine finish of Deus Creatus. A popular form of abjection, having an element of pride.
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IDLENESS, n. A model farm where the devil experiments with seeds of new sins and promotes the growth of staple vices.
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PRAY, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
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OPPORTUNITY, n. A favorable occasion for grasping a disappointment.
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RIDICULE, n. Words designed to show that the person of whom they are uttered is devoid of the dignity of character distinguishing him who utters them.

           

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