Ambrose Bierce Quotes

Egotist. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Enthusiasm. A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Woman absent is woman dead.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Witticism. A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted; what the Philistine is pleased to call a "joke."
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Women in love are less ashamed than men. They have less to be ashamed of.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Erudition. Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Wit. The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Experience. The wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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Faith. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
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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