156 quotes found by Ambrose Bierce

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Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
marriage  love  insanity  # 38988
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Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
happiness  time  future  # 38941
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Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
Wedding  happiness  Woman  # 38942
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Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.
art  thinking  logic  # 38943
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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.
truth  Full  Doubt  # 38944
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War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.
god  war  teaching  # 38945
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Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
success  virtue  Mediocrity  # 38946
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Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.
beautiful  belief  ugly  # 38947
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Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
Business  Individual  Profit  # 38948
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Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.
marriage  State  Community  # 38949
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Jealous, adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.
jealousy  lost  worth  # 38950
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Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.
Technology  devil  distance  # 38951
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Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
beautiful  English  Example  # 38952
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Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
politics  Others  Liberal  # 38953
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Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
politics  Public  Private  # 38954
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Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
Sports  Football  philosophy  # 38955