Ambrose Bierce

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

Ambrose Bierce Quotes

  • ''Opiate. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
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  • ''Compromise. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Confidante. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''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.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
  • ''Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Convent. A place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Corporation. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
  • ''Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Impartial. Unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.''
    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.

Read the full of Alone

Piety

The pig is taught by sermons and epistles
To think the God of Swine has snout and bristles.

Judibras.

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