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108 Famous Quotes by Ambrose Bierce
6/24/1842 - (Present)
Also Known As:  
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce     Bitter Bierce
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Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.

Dawn Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Electricity is the power that causes all natural phenomena not known to be caused by something else.

Electricity Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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There are 4 kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.

Murder Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Optimism. The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.

Optimism Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

Calamity Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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FIDELITY, n. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.

Fidelity Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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LAND, n. A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society . . .

Land Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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ZENITH, n. The point in the heavens directly overhead to a man standing or a growing cabbage. A man in bed or a cabbage in the pot is not considered as having a zenith, though Horizontalists hold that the posture of the body was immaterial.

Zenith Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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HIPPOGRIFF, n. An animal (now extinct) which was half horse and half griffin. The griffin was a compound creature, half lion and half eagle. The hippogriff was, therefore, only one quarter eagle, which is $2.50 in gold. Zoology is full of surprises.

Zoology Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.

Art and artists Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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One who is in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.

Cowardice Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Mad, adj.: Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.

Intelligence Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Overwork: n., a dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go fishing.

Leisure Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

Marriage Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.

Pretension Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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DIPLOMACY, n. Lying in state, or the patriotic art of lying for one's country.

Diplomacy Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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HOSPITALITY, n. The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging.

Hospitality Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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YANKEE, n. In Europe, an American. In the Northern States of our Union, a New Englander. In the Southern States the word is unknown. (See DAMYANK.)

Yankee Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

Anger Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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International arbitration may be defined as the substitution of many burning questions for a smouldering one.

Diplomacy Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Hypocrisy: prejudice with a halo

Hypocrisy Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Education is that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.

Education Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.

Debt Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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QUEEN, n. A woman by whom the realm is ruled when there is a king, and through whom it is ruled when there is not.

Queen Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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SELFISH, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.

Selfishness Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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