Idézetek Ambrose Bierce

„Non-combatant, n. A dead Quaker.“

—  Ambrose Bierce, könyv The Devil's Dictionary

The Devil's Dictionary (1911)

„Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.“

—  Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
Forrás: The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

„Quotation, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated.“

—  Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
Forrás: The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

„One thing, however, I hope I may without offense affirm of these swamp-dwellers--they were pious. To what deity their veneration was given--whether, like the Egyptians, they worshiped the crocodile, or, like other Americans, adored themselves, I do not presume to guess.“

—  Ambrose Bierce

Forrás: What I Saw At Shiloh (1881), VI
Kontextus: I suppose the country lying between Corinth and Pittsburg Landing could boast a few inhabitants other than alligators. What manner of people they were it is impossible to say, inasmuch as the fighting dispersed, or possibly exterminated them; perhaps in merely classing them as non-saurian I shall describe them with sufficient particularity and at the same time avert from myself the natural suspicion attaching to a writer who points out to persons who do not know him the peculiarities of persons whom he does not know. One thing, however, I hope I may without offense affirm of these swamp-dwellers--they were pious. To what deity their veneration was given--whether, like the Egyptians, they worshiped the crocodile, or, like other Americans, adored themselves, I do not presume to guess. But whoever, or whatever, may have been the divinity whose ends they shaped, unto Him, or It, they had builded a temple. This humble edifice, centrally situated in the heart of a solitude, and conveniently accessible to the supersylvan crow, had been christened Shiloh Chapel, whence the name of the battle.

„n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.“

—  Ambrose Bierce

Forrás: The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

„Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.“

—  Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
Forrás: The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

„Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.“

—  Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
Forrás: The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

„All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.“

—  Ambrose Bierce

Forrás: Epigrams, p. 369
Forrás: The Collected Writings Of Ambrose Bierce

„Selfish, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.“

—  Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
Forrás: The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

„Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.“

—  Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
Forrás: The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

„Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.“

—  Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
Forrás: The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

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