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Quotes of the Day for 24 June 2003 – Ambrose Bierce

It has long been held that Ambrose "Bitter" Bierce was born at Horse Cave Creek, Ohio on this day in 1842, although the exact location now seems to be in doubt. 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." He disappeared into Mexico in 1913 with the intention of joining Pancho Villa's revolutionaries.

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The quotes:

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

Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify.

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

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

There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.

These are the prerogatives of genius: to know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things.
     All from Ambrose Bierce, 1842 - 1913

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