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Ambrose Bierce Quotes

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"Consult: To seek approval for a course of action already decided upon."

"Pray: To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy."

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

"The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling."

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

"Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue."

"Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think."

"Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - I think that I think, therefore I think that I am."

"Prescription: A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient."

"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."

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

"Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me."

"The covers of this book are too far apart."

"Aborigines, n.: Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize."

"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret."

"Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility."

"Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age."

"Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught."

"Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver."

"Mammon, n.: The god of the world's leading religion."

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