Ambrose Bierce
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

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

- Ambrose Bierce

Disobedience: the silver lining to the cloud of servitude.

- Ambrose Bierce

Acquaintance - a person whom we know well enough to borrow from but not well enough to lend to. A degree of friendship called slight when the object is poor or obscure, and intinate when he is rich or famous.

- Ambrose Bierce

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Alliance - in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each other's pocket that they cannot safely plunder a third.

- Ambrose Bierce

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

- Ambrose Bierce

Applause - the echo of platitude from the mouth of a fool.

- Ambrose Bierce

Battle - a method of untying with the teeth a political knot that will not yield to the tongue.

- Ambrose Bierce

Beauty - the power with which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.

- Ambrose Bierce

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Bore - a person who talks when you wish him to listen.

- Ambrose Bierce

Conservative - a statesman who is enamored of the existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.

- Ambrose Bierce

Cynic - a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.

- Ambrose Bierce

Destiny - a tyrant's excuse for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

- Ambrose Bierce

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History - an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

- Ambrose Bierce

Insurrection - an unsuccessful revolution.

- Ambrose Bierce

Liberty - one of imagination's most precious possessions.

- Ambrose Bierce

Love - a temporary insanity curable by marriage or the removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disease ... it is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the physician than to the patient.

- Ambrose Bierce

Marriage - the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two.

- Ambrose Bierce

Opposition - in politics the party that prevents the government from running amok by hamstringing it.

- Ambrose Bierce

Mythology - the body of a primitive people's beliefs, concerning its origin, early history, deities and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.

- Ambrose Bierce

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Peace - in international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.

- Ambrose Bierce

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Politics - a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.

- Ambrose Bierce

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

- Ambrose Bierce

Wedding - a ceremony at which two persons undertake to become one, one undertakes to become nothing and nothing undertakes to become supportable.

- Ambrose Bierce

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