Ambrose Bierce

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary. His vehemence as a critic, his motto "Nothing matters", and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work, all earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce". Despite his reputation as a searing critic, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including the poets George Sterling and Herman George Scheffauer and the fiction writer W. C. Morrow. Bierce employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories. His style often embraces an abrupt beginning, dark imagery, vague references to time, limited descriptions, impossible events, and the theme of war. In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain first-hand exper... More

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Ambrose Bierce #Age #Experience

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.
Ambrose Bierce #Anger #Best

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

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Ambrose Bierce #Art

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
Ambrose Bierce #Art

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Eloquence, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white.
Ambrose Bierce #Beauty #Power

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
Ambrose Bierce #Best

Photo of Ambrose Bierce The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.
Ambrose Bierce #Business

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
Ambrose Bierce #Death

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.
Ambrose Bierce #Education

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
Ambrose Bierce #Education #Learning

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
Ambrose Bierce #Failure

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
Ambrose Bierce #Experience

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Enthusiasm - a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.
Ambrose Bierce #Future #Happiness #Time

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
Ambrose Bierce #Future

Photo of Ambrose Bierce To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.
Ambrose Bierce #God #War

Photo of Ambrose Bierce War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.
Ambrose Bierce #God

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Forgetfulness - a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.
Ambrose Bierce #Fear #Hope #Nature #Religion

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Ambrose Bierce #Good

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Edible, adj.: 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 #Great

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Anoint, v.: To grease a king or other great functionary already sufficiently slippery.
Ambrose Bierce #Great

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Irreligion - the principal one of the great faiths of the world.
Ambrose Bierce #Happiness

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
Ambrose Bierce #Happiness #Wedding

Photo of Ambrose Bierce Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
Ambrose Bierce #History

Photo of Ambrose Bierce History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
Ambrose Bierce #History

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