Ambrose Bierce
Horse Cave Creek, Ohio

Quotes

11 November 2014
Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
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POLITICIAN, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.
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Litigant. A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones.
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Opiate. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.
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Impartial. Unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.
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Deliberation. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on.
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Destiny. A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
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Fidelity. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.
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Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.
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Friendless. Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense.

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