Ambrose Bierce Quotes

Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
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Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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To be positive. To be mistaken at the top of one's voice.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Saint. A dead sinner revised and edited.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
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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.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Heaven lies about us in our infancy ... and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906). A cynical comment on Wordsworth's famous line on "childhood."
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Abscond. To "move" in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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