Ambrose Bierce Quotes

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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Reconsider, v. To seek a justification for a decision already made.

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MINISTER, n. An agent of a higher power with a lower responsibility. In diplomacy, an officer sent into a foreign country as the visible embodiment of his sovereign's hostility.

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In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.

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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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Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity.

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Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

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Destiny. A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

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Destiny, n. A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure.

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Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage.

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Work: a dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go fishing

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Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.

Ambrose Bierce
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