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The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Education, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.”

“Impiety, n. Your irreverence toward my deity.”

“Self-evident, adj. Evident to one's self and to nobody else.”

“Bigamy, n. A mistake in taste for which the wisdom of the future will adjudge a punishment called trigamy.”

“BACCHUS, n. A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk.”

“PRESENT, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope.”

“Diplomacy,n. The patriotic art of lying for one's country.”

“BEAUTY, n. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.”

“Aborigines, n. Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.”

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

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