Ambrose Bierce

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

Ambrose Bierce Quotes

  • ''Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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  • ''Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Accuse. To affirm another's guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged him.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
  • ''Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Admiration. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
  • ''Age. That period of life in which we compound for the vices that remain by reviling those we have no longer the vigor to commit.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Alien. An American sovereign in his probationary state.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Prejudice. A vagrant opinion without visible means of support.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
  • ''Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).

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Best Poem of Ambrose Bierce

Alone

In contact, lo! the flint and steel,
By sharp and flame, the thought reveal
That he the metal, she the stone,
Had cherished secretly alone.

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Elegy

The cur foretells the knell of parting day;
The loafing herd winds slowly o'er the lea;
The wise man homewards plods; I only stay
To fiddle-faddle in a minor key.

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