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

Doubt begins only at the last frontiers of what is possible.


Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.


Enthusiasm - a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.


Confidante: One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C.


Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion.


Rum, n. Generically, fiery liquors that produce madness in total abstainers.


Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions.


Doubt is the father of invention.


Pray: To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.


Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.


Alien - an American sovereign in his probationary state.


There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.


We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.


Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.


Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.


Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions.


The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.


Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization.


A man is known by the company he organizes.


Eloquence, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white.


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