Ambrose Bierce Quotes

Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
Accuse. To affirm another's guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged him.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
Admiration. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
Age. That period of life in which we compound for the vices that remain by reviling those we have no longer the vigor to commit.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
Alien. An American sovereign in his probationary state.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
Prejudice. A vagrant opinion without visible means of support.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).