Ambrose Bierce

(24 June 1842 - 26 December 1913 / Horse Cave Creek, Ohio)

Quotations

  • ''Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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  • ''Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
  • ''Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''To be positive. To be mistaken at the top of one's voice.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Saint. A dead sinner revised and edited.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
  • ''Sabbath. A weekly festival having its origin in the fact that God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Heaven lies about us in our infancy ... and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906). A cynical comment on Wordsworth's famous line on "childhood."
  • ''Abscond. To "move" in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).

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An Inscription

A conqueror as provident as brave,
He robbed the cradle to supply the grave.
His reign laid quantities of human dust:
He fell upon the just and the unjust.

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