Ambrose Bierce Quotes

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary. His vehemence as a critic, his motto "Nothing matters", and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work, all earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce"

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

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Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

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Experience - the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

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When you doubt, abstain.

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Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.

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Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.

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Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

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Sabbath - a weekly festival having its origin in the fact that God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh.

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Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.

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Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.

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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.

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Doubt is the father of invention.

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

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Litigant. A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones.

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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.

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