In full Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce, Ambrose Bierce was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and satirist. He was the author of sardonic short stories based on themes of death and terror.
His stories made the readers drool for suspense. His dark story-telling with unimaginable plots was what made him so the distinct author. He designed supernatural characters and filled abrupt emotions in every chapter, which made his fans binge-read.
He was born in Meigs County, Ohio, on June 24, 1842. He hailed from the family of William Bradford.
He became a printer's devil on a Warsaw, Indiana at the newspaper called the Northern Indianan when he was just 15.
The Devil's Dictionary was one of his classic in which his mocking sense prevailed quite amusingly. It originally appeared under the title The Cynic's Word Book. This book also appeared in "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration.
His most famous and loved work is the short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. His writing was at the point. It inspired quite budding writers out there. His first story was The Haunted Valley which he wrote in 1871. He had published three books called The Fiend's Delight (1872), Nuggets and Dust Panned Out in California (1872), and Cobwebs from an Empty Skull (1874).
This man played with mystery and death, and the audience loved it. Ironically his death itself is a big mystery today.
Here are some of the best Ambrose Bierce Quotes and sayings.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Anger makes people lose the sense of rationality. It makes people speak the harshest truths and reality. It might hurt others.
Try to calm yourself in times of anger. Make sure you control it and dispose of it in any other sense. Don't let anger control you.
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
Everyone has shortcomings. Everyone is delusional and abrupt.
Those who embrace this side of themselves and accept themselves are the ones who become great speakers.
They become philosophers and shed advice on others. In reality, there is not a monumental difference between them.
Who never doubted, never half believed.
Someone who has made it to the end is the one who always had a heart full of faith. Never get insecure about your admiration and ambitions.
Don't walk on a path that gives you suspicions. Learn to trust the right way of your gut.
Politeness, n: The most acceptable hypocrisy.
In this world, if someone talks harshly, then he is neglected and boycotted, even if he speaks states the truth.
Being a sweet-talker is embraced with the utmost respect no matter what lies in his/her words.
Ambrose points out the hypocrisy of politeness here.
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Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
We live in a selfish world, my friend. When we see someone being crushed and their life revolving in misery, it brings happiness to us.
Where everyone is fighting to be the best and the most perfect, other's traumas sounds alluring to us.
Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.
When the tornado of problems approaches, one who stands to fight is the epitome of bravery. The one who decides to run away without a single battle represents the act of cowardness.
Cowards are never the winners. They are afraid to fall, afraid to fail, and they forever run away from opportunities.
When you doubt, abstain.
Holding your opinions back is quite foolish. Your intutions speak your heart hence never doubt it. Don't judge your wants and beliefs.
Don't let your qualms let you hold back. Cease these thoughts.
A popular author writes what people think. A genius invites them to think something else.
Anyone can write what people have engraved in their thoughts. Anyone can pen down the emotions of a mere person. Anyone can subject the norms and beliefs of a crowd.
What difficult is to make people question their 'conventional' ideologies. Only a genius can make people rethink their thoughts and edit them.
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Art, n: This word had no definition.
In his book The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose wrote the witty definitions of some obvious words; for art, he wrote this.
Indeed. Art is something that is a definition of everything in itself. Art is a sensation of faith.
It describes the trait of life.
Achievement, n: The death of endeavor and the birth of disgust.
When a person becomes something, after he attains his dreams, his passion starts to decay. He loses the act of practice and hard work.
Life after success isn't as pretty as it seems. But if a person is filled with determination, they are jumping with energy to walk towards their goals. After the target, they often lose that zest.
bore, n. a person who talks when you wish him to listen.
Some people are just too self-absorbed. They only talk and make others listen. In Ambrose's definition, these are 'bore'.
The people who continue tailing their stories when you want to speak your own are, hence 'bore'. Got it? Don't be a bore.
Fool's excuse for failure is destiny.
When someone fails even after a long trial, the excuse is to blame it on destiny, which is the easiest way to not wail on your incompetence.
Education, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
Education is only attainable to those who are blessed to seek it. The wisest of all grasp the meaning behind knowledge.
People who are mere repeater never perceive wisdom. They remain narrow-minded and confined in the little space of their mind.
Famous, adj. Conspicuously miserable.
Celebrities or any people who are stuck in the fame world suffers from many miseries. The most prominent problem is the need to be 'perfect' all the time. And to do so, they end up being even more problematic.
Their problems always fly over the press and the media. Their life's details are somehow the public sensation.
Being famous is not as tasty as it looks. It is the toughest thing to manage.
Liberty, n. One of Imagination's most precious possessions.
Out of all the surreal places in our minds, the best is the belief in freedom.
No one, I repeat, no one is truly free.
Everyone is chained to one or the other thing. Everyone is suffering. Everyone wants something to leave them free.
Liberty is a myth.
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Friendship, n. A ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one in a foul.
With this, Ambrose depicts the selfish part of the world. He says that in the relation of friendship, all two remain attached and honest with each other. They support and stand for each other.
Unless everything becomes dark and unmanageable, only then one of the two leaves, making the other one stuck in adversity, alone.
Hope, n. Desire and expectation rolled into one.
Hope keeps people alive. It is the remedy of a broken heart.
It is the feeling when you are passionate about something and has faith for it to come true.
It makes people hold onto things. It springs life in people's life.
No country is so wild and difficult but men will make it a theater of war.
Nature has created a calm and peaceful environment. He has been fair and equal to everyone.
Men are the ones who make everything converted into havoc. Men initiate wars and disruptions. Men make silence disappear.
Men change a peaceful land into the battlefield.
Happiness is lost by criticizing it; sorrow by accepting it.
You find peace and become content only after embracing everything life has to give you. If you remain whimpering over it, then you will always remain unsatisfied and incomplete.
You make sadness leave your abode when you let things happen when you move with the flow of life.
Ambrose Bierce Quote: A rabbit's foot may bring good luck to you, but it brought none to the rabbit.
Don't trust superstition. Done let unreasonable things manipulate you.
By giving this example, Ambrose tries to explain to you what may seem fate to you, or your fortune may be the destruction of others.