Ambrose Bierce Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old ambrose bierce quotes, ambrose bierce sayings, and ambrose bierce proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.      

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The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.     

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

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They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid.     

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

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

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Divorce: a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries.     

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Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.     

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The fact that boys are allowed to exist at all is evidence of a remarkable Christian forbearance among men.     

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

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Optimism: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.     

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All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.     

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

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Religion is the daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.     

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All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.     

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SELFISH, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.     

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Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think.     

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DISCRIMINATE, v.i. To note the particulars in which one person or thing is, if possible, more objectionable than another.     

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Birth: The first and direst of all disasters.     

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To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.     

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

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

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FIDELITY, n. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.     

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Prejudice - a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.     

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Enthusiasm - a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.     

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

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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.     

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Adolescence: A stage between infancy and adultery.     

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Congratulations is the civility of envy.     

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Philosophy, a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.     

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