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

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.


The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.


Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.


Land: A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is eminently worthy of the superstructure.


Divorce: a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries.


I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It's one of the curses of London.


Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.


Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.


Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.


Amnesty, n. The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.


Spring beckons! All things to the call respond; the trees are leaving and cashiers abscond.


Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.


Ardor, n. The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge.


Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.

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Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.


Duty - that which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire.


Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.


Edible, adj.: 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.


Erudition - dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.


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.


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