Ambrose Bierce Quotes
Barometer, n.: An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.
Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.
Experience - the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.
Consul - in American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.
Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.
Suffrage, noun. Expression of opinion by means of a ballot. The right of suffrage (which is held to be both a privilege and a duty) means, as commonly interpreted, the right to vote for the man of another man's choice, and is highly prized.
Compromise, n. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.
Convent - a place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness.
Immortality: A toy which people cry for, And on their knees apply for, Dispute, contend and lie for, And if allowed Would be right proud Eternally to die for.
Litigation: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.
Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.
Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.
Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.
Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
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