Ambrose Bierce

(24 June 1842 - 26 December 1913 / Horse Cave Creek, Ohio)

Ambrose Bierce Quotes

  • ''Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
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  • ''Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
  • ''Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''To be positive. To be mistaken at the top of one's voice.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Saint. A dead sinner revised and edited.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).
  • ''Sabbath. A weekly festival having its origin in the fact that God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).
  • ''Heaven lies about us in our infancy ... and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906). A cynical comment on Wordsworth's famous line on "childhood."
  • ''Abscond. To "move" in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.''
    Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).

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Best Poem of Ambrose Bierce

Alone

In contact, lo! the flint and steel,
By sharp and flame, the thought reveal
That he the metal, she the stone,
Had cherished secretly alone.

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An Inscription

A conqueror as provident as brave,
He robbed the cradle to supply the grave.
His reign laid quantities of human dust:
He fell upon the just and the unjust.

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