Ambrose Bierce QuotesThe famous American Writer and Editor had a way of defining words. Enjoy these inspirational Ambrose Bierce quotes, may his thoughts inspire you and give you words to consider. Born in 1842 his words still get attention today. Mr Bierce died in 1914, but as you can see his memory is still alive in his writings.
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow.
Genius - To know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things.
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.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be.
The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue.
Jealous, adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.
Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.
Education, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
In this world one must have a name; it prevents confusion, even when it does not establish identity. Some, though, are known by numbers, which also seem inadequate distinctions.
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.
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
To those who view the voyage of life from the port of departure the bark that has accomplished any considerable distance appears already in close approach to the farther shore.
Mind, n. A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain. Its chief activity consists in the endeavour to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with.
The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge.
Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.
Compromise, n. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.
Genealogy, n. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
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