Devil’s Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce Quotations

I’ve been collecting quotations for years and figured I’d put my collections online for others to use as they wish. Enjoy these quotations, use the comment form to share any quotations by Ambrose Bierce you don’t find here.

Note: I’ve got quite a bit of The Devil’s Dictionary included here.

More on Ambrose Bierce: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Bierce.

A bird in the hand is worth what it will bring.
– Ambrose Bierce

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

A cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness, and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.
– Ambrose Bierce

A man is known by the company that he organizes.
– Ambrose Bierce

A penny saved is a penny to squander.
– Ambrose Bierce

Prejudice, n. A vagrant opinion without visible means of support.
– Ambrose Bierce

Prehistoric, adj. Belonging to an early period and a museum. Antedating the art and practice of perpetuating falsehood.
– Ambrose Bierce

Quoting, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
– Ambrose Bierce

Specialist, n. One who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else.
– Ambrose Bierce

Absurdity, n. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion.
– Ambrose Bierce

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