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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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The fact that boys are allowed to exist at all is evidence of a remarkable Christian forbearance among men.

Boys Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.

Business 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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To be positive: to be mistaken at the top of one's voice.

Certainty Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.

Computer / technology / science Quotes, by Ambrose Bierce

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A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.

Cynic Quotes, by Ambrose 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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... 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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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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Liberty:one of imaginations most precious possessions.

Liberty 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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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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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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