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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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


When you doubt, abstain.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.


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



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