Ambrose Bierce Quotes and Sayings

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History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

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Optimism – the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.

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Experience – the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

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Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth.

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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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Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.

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Ambrose Bierce Quotes and Sayings, famous, brainy

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.

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Forgetfulness – a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.

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A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.

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What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country.

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Ambrose Bierce Quotes and Sayings, meaningful, wise

The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations.

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Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.

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Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.

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In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.

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Ambrose Bierce Quotes and Sayings, wisdom

Genius – to know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things.

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We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.

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