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 :: 1842-1914, American Author, Editor, Journalist, ''The Devil's Dictionary''

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A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man, who has no gills.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Oceans]

 

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A coward is one who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Coward and Cowardice]

 

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A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Cynics and Cynicism]

 

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A funeral is a pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Funerals]

 

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A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves a glorious success.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Perseverance]

 

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A man is known by the company he organizes.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Management]

 

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A prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Prejudice]

 

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A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Love]

 

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Abscond. To ''move'' in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Crime and Criminals]

 

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Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Abstinence]

 

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Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Absurdity]

 

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Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Acquaintance]

 

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Acquaintance: a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Acquaintance]

 

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Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Army and Navy]

 

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Admiration; is our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Praise]

 

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Age. That period of life in which we compound for the vices that remain by reviling those we have no longer the vigor to commit.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Age and Aging]

 

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Alien. An American sovereign in his probationary state.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Immigration]

 

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All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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Alliance. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
~ Ambrose Bierce - [Alliances]

 

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