Quotes by Ambrose Bierce

"Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage."
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"The covers of this book are too far apart."
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"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret."
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"Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another."
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"Sweater, n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly."
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Books by Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce
  • Ambrose Bierce

  • Date of birth: June 24, 1842
  • Born: in Meigs County, Ohio, The United States.

  • Description: Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.

    The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work – along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto "nothing matters" – earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce."

    Despite his reputation as a searing critic, however, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including poet George Sterling and fiction writer W. C. Morrow.

    Bierce employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories. This style often embraces an abrupt beginning, dark imagery, vague references to time, limited descriptions, the theme of war, and impossible events.

    Bierce disappeared in December 1913. He is believed to have traveled to Mexico to gain a firsthand perspective on that country's ongoing revolution.

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