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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POSITIVISM, n. A philosophy that denies our knowledge of the Real and affirms our ignorance of the Apparent. Its longest exponent is Comte, its broadest Mill and its thickest Spencer.
RUIN, v. To destroy. Specifically, to destroy a maid's belief in the virtue of maids.
INSURRECTION, n. An unsuccessful revolution. Disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.
PRELATE, n. A church officer having a superior degree of holiness and a fat preferment. One of Heaven's aristocracy. A gentleman of God.
LOCK-AND-KEY, n. The distinguishing device of civilization and enlightenment.
NOVEL, n. A short story padded. A species of composition bearing the same relation to literature that the panorama bears to art. As it is too long to be read at a sitting the impressions made by its successive parts are successively effaced, as in the pa
CONSOLATION, n. The knowledge that a better man is more unfortunate than yourself.
PLAGUE, n. In ancient times a general punishment of the innocent for admonition of their ruler, as in the familiar instance of Pharaoh the Immune. The plague today ... is merely Nature's fortuitous manifestation of her purposeless objectionableness.
PRESENTABLE, adj. Hideously appareled after the manner of the time and place.
RUMOR, n. A favorite weapon of the assassins of character.
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