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Bierce

Ambrose (Gwinett). 1842--?1914, US journalist and author of humorous sketches, horror stories, and tales of the supernatural: he disappeared during a mission in Mexico (1913)
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Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (New York: Dover Publications, 1993 ed.
10) Daniel Lindley, Ambrose Bierce Takes on the Railroad (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999), 81 and 85.
Ambrose Bierce, I always thought that his short stories were much better than his witticisms.
Ambrose Bierce, author of The Devil's Dictionary, would have approved of Forster, and Forster of Bierce, who defined an optimist as 'a proponent of the doctrine that black is white'.
If you enjoyed short stories by Stephen King or Ambrose Bierce, you will enjoy Screwing the Pooch.
Ambrose Bierce, a noted 19th century pundit, observed that "all professions are a conspiracy against the laymen.
Characters include McKinley and his suffering wife Ida; William Randolf Hearst, unscrupulous newsman who urges the removal of McKinley; Mark Hanna, king maker, who raises millions from businessmen and buys the presidency; Emma Goldman, anarchist and advocate of free love; Ambrose Bierce, fiery newsman who writes for Hearst; Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick, men of steel who have striking workers shot; William Jennings Bryan, McKinley's political rival; and flamboyant vice president Teddy Roosevelt.
They were just what Ambrose Bierce once called ``a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
As these same editors point out, the career and objectives of Ambrose Bierce can be summed up by a single one of his own definitions:
Without naming British sources, such as an educated Briton can be expected to command, and what with my interest in the humanities governing my choices, I list incompletely and at random Justice Hand, Anatole France, Aretino, Thomas Paine, Tertullian, Pompidou, Aijaz Ahmad, Tzvetan Todorov, Ovid, Seneca, Eliphas Levi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Star Trek, Adorno, Quentin Tarantino, the Panchatantra, Joseph Wood Krutch, Max Lerner, Gide, Ben Franklin, Aesop, Victor Hugo, Remy de Gourmont, Francis Steegmuller, Ambrose Bierce, La Rochefoucauld, Turgenev, Petrarch, Elbert Hubbard, Unamuno, Stanislaw Lec, Margaret Fuller, Wittgenstein, and on and on.
A century ago the American writer Ambrose Bierce defined an ultimatum as "the final step before resorting to compromise", and that sums up the UN's fainthearts, led again, of course, by the French.
In his book The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce defined a lawsuit as "a machine which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage.