Ambrose Bierce Quotes (114 quotations)

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1. 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. - Ambrose Bierce

2. A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others. - Ambrose Bierce

3. Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity. - Ambrose Bierce

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

5. Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. - Ambrose Bierce

6. Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. - Ambrose Bierce

7. Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. - Ambrose Bierce

8. Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. - Ambrose Bierce

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

10. Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves. - Ambrose Bierce

11. All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher. - Ambrose Bierce

12. Ambidextrous, adj.: Able to pick with equal skill a right-hand pocket or a left. - Ambrose Bierce

13. An egotist is a person of low taste-more interested in himself than in me. - Ambrose Bierce

14. An inventor is a person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization. - Ambrose Bierce

15. Anoint, v.: To grease a king or other great functionary already sufficiently slippery. - Ambrose Bierce

16. Ardor, n. The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge. - Ambrose Bierce

17. Bacchus, n.: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk. - Ambrose Bierce

18. Barometer, n.: An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having. - Ambrose Bierce

19. Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. - Ambrose Bierce

20. Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being. We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order; knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly. - Ambrose Bierce

21. Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues. - Ambrose Bierce

22. Bigot: One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain. - Ambrose Bierce

23. Bore: a person who talks when you wish him to listen. - Ambrose Bierce

24. Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think. - Ambrose Bierce

25. Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her. - Ambrose Bierce

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