Ambrose Bierce Quotes

Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.
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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Learning. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Nominee. A modest gentleman shrinking from the distinction of private life and diligently seeking the honorable obscurity of public office.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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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 (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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Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906). Bierce defined "patriot" as: "One to whom the interests of a part seem superior to those of the whole. The dupe of statesmen and the tool of conquerors."
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Backbite. To "speak of a man as you find him" when he can't find you.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Patience. A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.
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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Beauty. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Bore. A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
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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