Ambrose Bierce
Quotations


Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.

Admiration. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.

Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.

Alliance. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.

Irreligion. The principal one of the great faiths of the world.

To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.

Bore. A person who talks when you wish him to listen.

Conservative. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.



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