Ambrose Bierce Quotes

Bigot: One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.

Opinion Quotes, Zeal Quotes

Dog - a kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship.

Worship Quotes

Convent - a place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness.

Retirement Quotes, Idleness Quotes, Women Quotes


Women in love are less ashamed than men. They have less to be ashamed of.

Love Quotes, Women Quotes, Men Quotes

Experience - the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

Wisdom Quotes, Experience Quotes

Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.

Wealth Quotes, Power Quotes, Praise Quotes

What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends.

Vice Quotes, Patriotism Quotes, War Quotes

Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.

Vision Quotes

Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue.

Patience Quotes, Virtue Quotes

Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.

Success Quotes, Perseverance Quotes, Virtue Quotes, Mediocrity Quotes

Fidelity - a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.

Virtue Quotes

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.

Profit Quotes, Responsibility Quotes, Vice Quotes

Compromise, n. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.

Action Quotes, Compromise Quotes, Conflict Quotes, Thinking Quotes

Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.

Understanding Quotes, Art Quotes, Limitations Quotes, Logic Quotes, Thinking Quotes

Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.

Thinking Quotes

Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.

Success Quotes

Spring beckons! All things to the call respond; the trees are leaving and cashiers abscond.

Spring Quotes

Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization.

Civilization Quotes, Spring Quotes

Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

Change Quotes, Politics Quotes, Revolution Quotes

Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity.

Reverence Quotes

We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.

Attitude Quotes, Respect Quotes

Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion.

Religion Quotes

Irreligion - the principal one of the great faiths of the world.

Great Quotes, Faith Quotes, Religion Quotes

Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.

Hope Quotes, Ignorance Quotes, Fear Quotes, Nature Quotes, Religion Quotes

Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.

Recognition Quotes

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.

Doubt Quotes, Readiness Quotes

Fork: An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth.

Purpose Quotes

Prejudice - a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.

Opinion Quotes, Prejudice Quotes

Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions.

Imagination Quotes, Possessions Quotes

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.

American Quotes, Politics Quotes

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.

Politics Quotes

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

Politics Quotes

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

Patriotism Quotes

Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.

Curiosity Quotes, Desire Quotes, Passion Quotes, Mind Quotes

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

Pain Quotes

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.

Pain Quotes, Art Quotes

A man is known by the company he organizes.

Company Quotes, Organize Quotes

Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.

Belief Quotes, Optimism Quotes

Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.

Belief Quotes, Opinion Quotes

Suffrage, noun. Expression of opinion by means of a ballot. The right of suffrage (which is held to be both a privilege and a duty) means, as commonly interpreted, the right to vote for the man of another man's choice, and is highly prized.

Choice Quotes, Opinion Quotes

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

Money Quotes

Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.

Men Quotes

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

Marriage Quotes, Stress Quotes, Community Quotes

Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.

Marriage Quotes, Stress Quotes, Community Quotes

Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

Marriage Quotes, Love Quotes, Insanity Quotes

Heaven lies about us in our infancy and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.

Heaven Quotes, Lying Quotes

Responsibility, n.A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbor.In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star

Astrology Quotes, God Quotes, Responsibility Quotes, Fate Quotes, Luck Quotes

Ardor, n. The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge.

Love Quotes, Knowledge Quotes

5 Top Ambrose Bierce quotes about Worth

Land: A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is eminently worthy of the superstructure.

Control Quotes, Worth Quotes

Meekness: Uncommon patience in planning a revenge that is worth while.

Patience Quotes, Planning Quotes, Revenge Quotes, Worth Quotes

There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.

Praise Quotes, Worth Quotes

Jealous, adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.

Worth Quotes

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

Worth Quotes

4 Famous Ambrose Bierce quotes about Power

Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.

Love Quotes, Beauty Quotes, Power Quotes

The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations.

History Quotes, Power Quotes

Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron - namely, that he is a blockhead.

Power Quotes

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

Power Quotes

4 Popular Ambrose Bierce quotes about Philosophy

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught

Philosophy Quotes

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.

Philosophy Quotes

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.

Philosophy Quotes

Academe: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy: A modern school where football is taught

Homecoming Quotes, Philosophy Quotes

5 Amazing Ambrose Bierce quotes about Doubt

Doubt begins only at the last frontiers of what is possible.

Doubt Quotes

Doubt is the father of invention.

Doubt Quotes

Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow.

Truth Quotes, Doubt Quotes

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 Quotes, Anger Quotes, Doubt Quotes

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.

Failure Quotes, Doubt Quotes, Enemies Quotes