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Love, n.  A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences... - Ambrose Bierce

Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences...

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Life, n. A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay. - Ambrose Bierce

Life, n. A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.

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Kiss, n. A word invented by the poets as a rhyme for bliss. - Ambrose Bierce

Kiss, n. A word invented by the poets as a rhyme for bliss.

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LOVE, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder.

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Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. - Ambrose Bierce

Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.

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I think love is the most unbelievable, and critical, thing in civilization. Everything else is very mechanical and predictable, but love, you can't catch it.

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Life - a spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay. - Ambrose Bierce

Life - a spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.

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General, said the commander of the delinquent brigade, "I am persuaded that any further display of valor by my troops will bring them into collision with the enemy."

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Congratulations is the civility of envy. - Ambrose Bierce

Congratulations is the civility of envy.

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CENTAUR, n. One of a race of persons who lived before the division of labor had been carried to such a pitch of differentiation, and who followed the primitive economic maxim, "Every man his own horse".

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Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.

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Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others. - Ambrose Bierce

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

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CALAMITY, n. A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering. Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

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Age - That period of life in which we compound for the vices that remain by reviling those we have no longer the vigor to commit.

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Academe, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n. A modern school where football is taught.

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Achievement; 
the death of endeavor and the birth of disgust. - Ambrose Bierce

Achievement; the death of endeavor and the birth of disgust.

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Abscond - to move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another. - Ambrose Bierce

Abscond - to move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.

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A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.

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Zeal, n.
A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced. - Ambrose Bierce

Zeal, n. A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced.

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You are not permitted to kill a woman who has wronged you, but nothing forbids you to reflect that she is growing older every minute.

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A book which the Mohammedans foolishly believe to have been written by divine inspiration, but which Christians know to be a wicked imposture, contradictory to the Holy Scriptures.

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Women in love are less ashamed than men. They have less to be ashamed of. - Ambrose Bierce

Women in love are less ashamed than men. They have less to be ashamed of.

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The money-getter who pleads his love of work has a lame defense, for love of work at money-getting is a lower taste than love of money.

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Ardor, n. 
The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge. - Ambrose Bierce

Ardor, n. The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge.

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NEIGHBOR, n. One whom we are commanded to love as ourselves, and who does all he knows how to make us disobedient.

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