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What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country. Ambrose Bierce

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

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A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be. Ambrose Bierce

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Corporation. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. Ambrose Bierce

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Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify. Ambrose Bierce

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Marriage. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two. Ambrose Bierce

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Egotist. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me. Ambrose Bierce

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The gambling known as business looks with severe disfavor on the business known as gambling. Ambrose Bierce

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Opiate. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard. Ambrose Bierce

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Peace, in international affairs, is a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. Ambrose Bierce

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Backbite. To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you. Ambrose Bierce

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Beauty. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. Ambrose Bierce

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Impartial. Unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy. Ambrose Bierce

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Saint. A dead sinner revised and edited. Ambrose Bierce

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Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. Ambrose Bierce

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The covers of this book are too far apart. Ambrose Bierce

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Deliberation. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on. Ambrose Bierce

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Education is that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. Ambrose Bierce

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An egotist is a person interested in himself than in me! Ambrose Bierce

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Politeness -- The most acceptable hypocrisy. Ambrose Bierce

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Faith. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. Ambrose Bierce

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A temporary insanity curable by marriage. Ambrose Bierce

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Think twice before you speak to a friend in need. Ambrose Bierce

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Consul. In American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country. Ambrose Bierce

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Alliance. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third. Ambrose Bierce

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Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. Ambrose Bierce

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Confidante. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C. Ambrose Bierce

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Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. Ambrose Bierce

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Conservative. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. Ambrose Bierce

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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

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Bigot, one who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain. Ambrose Bierce

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Divorce. A resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries. Ambrose Bierce

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Acquaintance: a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous. Ambrose Bierce

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Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions. Ambrose Bierce

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The world has suffered more from the ravages of ill-advised marriages than from virginity. Ambrose Bierce

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A prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support. Ambrose Bierce

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Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors. Ambrose Bierce

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Take not God's name in vain; select a time when it will have effect. Ambrose Bierce

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

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Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on. Ambrose Bierce

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Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money. Ambrose Bierce

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A coward is one who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs. Ambrose Bierce

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Bride. A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her. Ambrose Bierce

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Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. Ambrose Bierce

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Habit is a shackle for the free. Ambrose Bierce

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A funeral is a pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker. Ambrose Bierce

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Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity. Ambrose Bierce

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Destiny. A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure. Ambrose Bierce

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Happiness is an agreeable sensation, arising from contemplating the misery of others. Ambrose Bierce

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Woman absent is woman dead. Ambrose Bierce