Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

United States
24 Jun 1842 // 1914
Editorialist/Journalist/Short-story writer/Satirist

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Revolution: in politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment
Religion: a daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable
Quotation is the act of repeating erroneously the words of another
Prescription is a physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient
Politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage
Politeness is the most acceptable hypocrisy
Philosophy is a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing
Perseverance is a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success
Patience is a minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue
Optimism is the doctrine by which everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong... it is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays