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Summary

Ambrose Bierce was a famous Journalist from USA, who lived between June 24, 1842 and December 26, 1913. He became 71 years old.

Biography

He is best known as author of The Devil's Dictionary, as a brilliant short story writer and as a biting critic with a bitter outlook on life. The year of death is uncertain when he disappeared in Mexico, having traveled there in 1913, but it is thought that 1914 is the year of his death.

Zodiac etc.

He is born under the zodiac cancer, who is known for Emotion, Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive, Selective. Our collection contains 125 quotes who is written / told by Ambrose, under the main topics: Business, Education, Experience, Marriage, Power.

Here is some other popular authors who lived in the same timeframe: Charles Eastman, Charles F. Kettering, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, Elbert Hubbard, Ngo Dinh Diem, Margaret Lee Runbeck, George Matthew Adams, Alice Meynell, James Lane Allen, Adlai Stevenson, John Barrymore, George S. Patton, Thornton Wilder, Casey Stengel, Vince Lombardi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Helen Keller, Pablo Picasso, Robert Frost

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Bierce

Famous quotes by Ambrose Bierce (125)


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"Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth"
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"Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others"
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"Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her"
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"Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue"
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"Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills"
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"It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better"
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"Divorce: a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries"
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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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"Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows"
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"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"
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"Genealogy, n. An account of one's descent from a man who did not particularly care to trace his own"
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"Forgetfulness - a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience"
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"Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others"
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"Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure"
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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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"Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another"
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"Confidante: One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C"
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"Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head"
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"Genius - to know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things"
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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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"Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver"
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"We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect"
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"The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up"
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"Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance"
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"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret"
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"Fork: An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth"
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"Dog - a kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship"
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"Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron - namely, that he is a blockhead"
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"Suffrage, noun. Expression of opinion by means of a ballot. The right of suffrage (which is held to be both a privilege and a duty) means, as commonly interpreted, the right to vote for the man of another man's choice, and is highly prized"
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"Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic"
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"Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious"
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"Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization"
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"Friendless. Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense"
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"Fidelity - a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed"
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"Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable"
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"Anoint, v.: To grease a king or other great functionary already sufficiently slippery"
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"An egotist is a person of low taste - more interested in himself than in me"
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"Amnesty, n. The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish"
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"Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead"
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"Ambidextrous, adj.: Able to pick with equal skill a right-hand pocket or a left"
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"Alliance - in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third"
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"All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher"
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"Alien - an American sovereign in his probationary state"
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"Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves"
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"Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking"
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"Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to"
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"Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion"
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"Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure"
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"Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends"
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"Abscond - to move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another"
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"Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity"
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"A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others"
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"A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it"
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"A man is known by the company he organizes"
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"We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over"
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"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography"
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"Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors"
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"To be positive is to be mistaken at the top of one's voice"
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"To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense"
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"There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy"
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"The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge"
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"The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations"
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"The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff"
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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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"Rum, n. Generically, fiery liquors that produce madness in total abstainers"
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"Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment"
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"Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable"
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"Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another"
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"Present, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope"
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"Prescription: A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient"
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"Prejudice - a vagrant opinion without visible means of support"
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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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"Positive, adj.: Mistaken at the top of one's voice"
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"Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt"
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"Meekness: Uncommon patience in planning a revenge that is worth while"
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"Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion"
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"Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence"
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"Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding"
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"Litigation: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage"
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"Litigant. A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones"
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"Life - a spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay"
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"Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination"
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"In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office"
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"Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity"
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"Impartial - unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy"
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"Immortality: A toy which people cry for, And on their knees apply for, Dispute, contend and lie for, And if allowed Would be right proud Eternally to die for"
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"I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers. What I said was that all saloonkeepers are Democrats"
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"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"
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"History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools"
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"Historian - a broad-gauge gossip"
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"Heaven lies about us in our infancy and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward"
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"Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age"
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"Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead"
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"Erudition - dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull"
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"Enthusiasm - a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience"
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"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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"Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me"
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"Egotism, n: Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen"
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"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"
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"Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate"
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"Dawn: When men of reason go to bed"
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"Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be"
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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"
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"Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions"
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"Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs"
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"Convent - a place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness"
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"Consult: To seek approval for a course of action already decided upon"
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"Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen"
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"Bigot: One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain"
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"Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues"
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"Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband"
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"Battle, n., A method of untying with the teeth a political knot that would not yield to the tongue"
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"Barometer, n.: An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having"
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"Backbite. To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you"
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"Bacchus, n.: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk"
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"Ardor, n. The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge"
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"Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money"
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"Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility"
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"Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding"
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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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"Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two"
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"Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage"
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"Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country"
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"Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught"
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"Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent"


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