Ambrose Bierce Quotes

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran.  His book The Devil’s Dictionary was named as one of “The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature” by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. Here are some of Ambrose Bierce Quotes to inspire you.

“Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.”

“Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”

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

“The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.”

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”

“Religions are conclusions for which the facts of nature supply no major premises.”

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

Ambrose Bierce Quotes

“Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.”

“Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.”

“Economy, n. Purchasing the barrel of whiskey that you do not need for the price of the cow that you cannot afford.”

“Litigation: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.”

“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.”

“Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.”

Ambrose Bierce Quotes

“To the eye of failure success is an accident.”

“Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify.”

“In each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale. Diversity of character is due to their unequal activity.”

“diplomacy, n.: The patriotic art of lying for one’s country.”

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