Ambrose Bierce Quotes

As records of courts and justice are admissible, it can easily be proved that powerful and malevolent magicians once existed and were a scourge to mankind. The evidence (including confession) upon which certain women were convicted of witchcraft and executed was without a flaw; it is still unimpeachable. The judges' decisions based on it were sound in logic and in law. Nothing in any existing court was ever more thoroughly proved than the charges of witchcraft and sorcery for which so many suffered death. If there were no witches, human testimony and human reason are alike destitute of value.

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MORAL, adj. Conforming to a local and mutable standard of right. Having the quality of general expediency.

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Land: A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is eminently worthy of the superstructure.

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Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.

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Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.

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

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Impartial. Unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.

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Self-denial is indulgence of a propensity to forego.

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Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth.

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REPENTANCE, n. The faithful attendant and follower of Punishment. It is usually manifest in a degree of reformation that is not inconsistent with continuity of sin.

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Perseverance, n. A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.

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Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.

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Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.

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What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country.

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GRAMMAR, n. A system of pitfalls thoughtfully prepared for the feet for the self-made man, along the path by which he advances to distinction.

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