Ambrose Bierce Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Ambrose Bierce quotes and Ambrose Bierce sayings, and Ambrose Bierce proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Adolescence: A stage between infancy and adultery."

"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."

"An acquaintance is someone we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to."

"Enthusiasm – a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience."

"Prejudice – a vagrant opinion without visible means of support."

"FIDELITY, n. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed."

"Politics, noun. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage."

"Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country."

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

"Birth: The first and direst of all disasters."

"DISCRIMINATE, v.i. To note the particulars in which one person or thing is, if possible, more objectionable than another."

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

"SELFISH, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others."

"Religion is the daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to ignorance the nature of the Unknowable."

"All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher."

"Optimism: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly."

"In each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale. Diversity of character is due to their unequal activity."

"The fact that boys are allowed to exist at all is evidence of a remarkable Christian forbearance among men."

"Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills."

"Divorce: a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries."

"Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art."

"Perseverance – a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success."

"They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid."

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

"The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff."

"Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead."

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