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About Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce

Life: 1842 - 1914

Country: us flag America

Profession: Writer; Journalist;

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist, today best known for his Devil's Dictionary. Bierce's lucid, unsentimental style has kept him popular when many of his contemporaries have been consigned to oblivion. His dark, sardonic views and vehemence as a critic earned him the nickname, "Bitter Bierce". Such was his reputation that it was said his judgment on any piece of prose or poetry could make or break a writer's career. Among the younger writers whom he encouraged were the poet George Sterling and the fiction writer W. C. Morrow.

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Learning. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.

~ Ambrose Bierce

Academe, n. An ancient school were morality and philosophy were taught.

Academy, n. (from academe). A modern school where football is taught.

~ Ambrose Bierce

Acquaintance, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.

~ Ambrose Bierce

Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.

~ Ambrose Bierce

Advice: the smallest current coin.

~ Ambrose Bierce

Age - that period of life in which we compound for the vices that we still cherish by reviling those that we no longer have the enterprise to commit.

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

Christian: one who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbors.

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

Acquaintance: a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.

~ Ambrose Bierce

Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of others.

~ Ambrose Bierce

History: An account, mostly false, of events unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

~ Ambrose Bierce

Mythology: the body of a primitive people's beliefs, concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deitits and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.

~ Ambrose Bierce

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

~ Ambrose Bierce

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