Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

United States
24 Jun 1842 // 1914
Editorialist/Journalist/Short-story writer/Satirist


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Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow
When you doubt, abstain
We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect
Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country
The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge
The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations
The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up
Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret
Saint: a dead sinner revised and edited
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."