Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Quotes


398 Ambrose Gwinett Bierce quotes:



"YESTERDAY, n. The infancy of youth, the youth of manhood, the entire past of age.But yesterday I should have thought me blest To stand high-pinnacled upon the peak Of middle life and look adown the bleak And unfamiliar foreslope to the West, Where solemn shadows all the land invest And stilly voices, half-remembered, speak Unfinished prophecy, and witch-fires freak The haunted twilight of the Dark of Rest. Yea, yesterday my soul was all aflame To stay the shadow on the dial's face At manhood's noonmark! Now, in God His name I chide aloud the little interspace Disparting me from Certitude, and fain Would know the dream and vision ne'er again. --Baruch ArnegriffIt is said that in his last illness the poet Arnegriff was attended at different times by seven doctors."
"PRECEDENT, n. In Law, a previous decision, rule or practice which, in the absence of a definite statute, has whatever force and authority a Judge may choose to give it, thereby greatly simplifying his task of doing as he pleases. As there are precedents for everything, he has only to ignore those that make against his interest and accentuate those in the line of his desire. Invention of the precedent elevates the trial-at-law from the low estate of a fortuitous ordeal to the noble attitude of a dirigible arbitrament."
"Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends."
"Advice is the smallest current coin."
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"ADVICE, n. The smallest current coin."
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"UXORIOUSNESS, n. A perverted affection that has strayed to one's own wife."
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"While your friend holds you affectionately by both your hands, you are safe, for you can watch both his."
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"DELUSION, n. The father of a most respectable family, comprising Enthusiasm, Affection, Self-denial, Faith, Hope, Charity and many other goodly sons and daughters.All hail, Delusion! Were it not for thee The world turned topsy-turvy we should see; For Vice, respectable with cleanly fancies, Would fly abandoned Virtue's gross advances. --Mumfrey Mappel"
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"The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog"
Author: Bierce Quotes Category: Affection Quotes
"FICKLENESS, n. The iterated satiety of an enterprising affection."
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"ABSENT, adj. Peculiarly exposed to the tooth of detraction; vilifed; hopelessly in the wrong; superseded in the consideration and affection of another.To men a man is but a mind. Who cares What face he carries or what form he wears? But woman's body is the woman. O, Stay thou, my sweetheart, and do never go, But heed the warning words the sage hath said: A woman absent is a woman dead. --Jogo Tyree"
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"REACH, n. The radius of action of the human hand. The area within which it is possible (and customary) to gratify directly the propensity to provide.This is a truth, as old as the hills, That life and experience teach: The poor man suffers that keenest of ills, An impediment of his reach. --G.J."
Author: Bierce Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"REFLECTION, n. An action of the mind whereby we obtain a clearer view of our relation to the things of yesterday and are able to avoid the perils that we shall not again encounter."
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"PRESIDE, v. To guide the action of a deliberative body to a desirable result. In Journalese, to perform upon a musical instrument; as, "He presided at the piccolo."The Headliner, holding the copy in hand, Read with a solemn face:"The music was very uncommonly grand -- The best that was every provided, For our townsman Brown presided At the organ with skill and grace." The Headliner discontinued to read, And, spread the paper down On the desk, he dashed in at the top of the screed:"Great playing by President Brown." --Orpheus Bowen"
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"PRECIPITATE, adj. Anteprandial.Precipitate in all, this sinner Took action first, and then his dinner. --Judibras"
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"ACCIDENT, n. An inevitable occurrence due to the action of immutable natural laws."
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"Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves."
"Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity."
"ROSTRUM, n. In Latin, the beak of a bird or the prow of a ship. In America, a place from which a candidate for office energetically expounds the wisdom, virtue and power of the rabble."
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"ALLIGATOR, n. The crocodile of America, superior in every detail to the crocodile of the effete monarchies of the Old World. Herodotus says the Indus is, with one exception, the only river that produces crocodiles, but they appear to have gone West and grown up with the other rivers. From the notches on his back the alligator is called a sawrian."
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