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Quotes of the Day for 24 June 2002 – Ambrose Bierce

I couldn't resist one more before I leave, because Ambrose "Bitter" Bierce was born at Horse Cave Creek, Ohio on this day in 1842. His writing started after the experience of serving in the Union army, which may have led to the black mood of so much of his work. His newspaper writing has been called "a fusion of the whimsical and the bombastic." For today I've chosen a few of my favorite entries from The Devil's Dictionary.

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The quotes:

Advice (n): The suggestions you give someone else which you hope will work for your benefit.

Beauty (n): The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.

Belladonna (n): In Italian, a beautiful lady; in English, a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.

Conservative (n): A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

Conversation (n): A fair for the display of the minor mental commodities, each exhibitor being too intent upon the arrangement of his own wares to observe those of his neighbor.

Harbour (n): A place where ships taking shelter from storms are exposed to the fury of the Customs.

Man (n): An animal [whose] ... chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.

Quoting (n): the act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
     - Amrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary


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