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Top quotes by Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce's top quotes. 'Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.'


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Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.


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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.


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Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.


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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.


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Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.


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


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Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.


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Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.


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Bigot: One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.


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When you doubt, abstain.


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Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.


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Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.


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Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.


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Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.


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Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me.


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Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.


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Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.


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Divorce: a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries.


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War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.


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Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.



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