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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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Destiny. A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

Destiny 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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... the patriotic art of lying for one's country.

Diplomacy Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Education, n.: That which discloses the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.

Education Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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When you are ill make haste to forgive your enemies, for you may recover.

Enemy 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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For every man there is something in the vocabulary that would stick to him like a second skin. His enemies have only to find it.

Language Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Litigant: a person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bone.

Law 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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Liberty:one of imaginations most precious possessions.

Liberty Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

Marriage Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.

Nature Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Optimist: a proponent of the doctrine that black is white.

Optimism Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Patience is a minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.

Patience Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Peace, in international affairs, is a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.

Peace Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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A prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.

Prejudice 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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Revolution: in politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

Revolution Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.

Sports Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.

Success Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Women and foxes, being weak, are distinguished by superior tact.

Tact Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.

Time Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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... the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.

Vote Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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REDRESS, n. Reparation without satisfaction. Among the Anglo-Saxon a subject conceiving himself wronged by the king was permitted, on proving his injury, to beat a brazen image of the royal offender with a switch that was afterward applied to his own naked back. The latter rite was performed by the public hangman, and it assured moderation in the plaintiff's choice of a switch.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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QUOTIENT, n. A number showing how many times a sum of money belonging to one person is contained in the pocket of another --usually about as many times as it can be got there.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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