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Ambrose Bierce
June 24, 1842 - 1914
Nationality: American
Category: Journalist
Subcategory: American Journalist

Saint: A dead sinner revised and edited.


What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends.


Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.


A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.


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


Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.


Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.

    Topics: Death

Fidelity - a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.


Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.


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.


Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.


Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.


Irreligion - the principal one of the great faiths of the world.


Compromise, n. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.


Historian - a broad-gauge gossip.


Genius - to know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things.


Consul - in American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.


Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.


All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.


What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country.


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