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A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.

A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: Cynic Quotes,
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Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.rn

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.rn

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: Nature Quotes,
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Liar: A lawyer with a roving commission.

Liar: A lawyer with a roving commission.

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: Lies Quotes,
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HOSPITALITY, n. The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food read more

HOSPITALITY, n. The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging.

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: Hospitality Quotes,
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Birth: The first and direst of all disasters.

Birth: The first and direst of all disasters.

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: Babies Quotes,
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HIPPOGRIFF, n. An animal (now extinct) which was half horse and half griffin. The griffin was a compound creature, half read more

HIPPOGRIFF, n. An animal (now extinct) which was half horse and half griffin. The griffin was a compound creature, half lion and half eagle. The hippogriff was, therefore, only one quarter eagle, which is $2.50 in gold. Zoology is full of surprises.

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: Zoology Quotes,
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Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.

Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: Diplomacy Quotes,
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ALLIANCE, n. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's read more

ALLIANCE, n. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: Alliance Quotes,
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Acquaintance is a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor and obscure, and intimate when he is read more

Acquaintance is a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor and obscure, and intimate when he is rich and famous.

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: Acquaintance Quotes,
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In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary, patriotism is defined as the last refuge of a scoundrel. With all due respect to read more

In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary, patriotism is defined as the last refuge of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit that it is the first.

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: Patriotism Quotes,
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