Ambrose Bierce Quotes

I'd never set foot in San Francisco. Of all the Sodoms and Gomorrahs in our modern world, it is the worst. There are not 10 righteous (and courageous) men there. It needs another quake, another whiff of fire—and—more than all else—a steady trade wind of grapeshot.... That moral penal colony of the world.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. Letter, June 25, 1907.
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The covers of this book are too far apart.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. Quoted in C.H. Grattan, Bitter Bierce (1929). One-sentence book review.
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A man is known by the company he organizes.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. "Saw," The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Take not God's name in vain; select A time when it will have effect.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. "The Decalogue Revised," The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Bride. A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Irreligion. The principal one of the great faiths of the world.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Insurrection. An unsuccessful revolution; disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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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.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
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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Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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