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Ambrose Gwinett Bierce


(1842 - 1914)

journalist, author and satirist
U.S.



Quotations of Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

"Abstainer, n. Weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Baptism, n. A sacred rite of such efficacy that he who finds himself in heaven without having undergone it will be unhappy forever. It is performed with water in two ways -- by immersion, or plunging, and by aspersion, or sprinkling."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Bigot, n. One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Christian, n. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Christian, n. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbors."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Convent, n. A place of retirement for woman who wish for leisure to meditate upon the vice of idleness."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Destiny, n. Tyrant's authority for crime, and a fool's excuse for failure."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Heathen, n. A benighten creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Impiety, n. Your irreverence toward my deity"
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Prelate, n. A church officer having a superior degree of holiness and a fat preferment. One of Heaven's aristocracy. A gentleman of God."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Reverence: the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914)

"Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)

"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914)


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