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Other Hands Politics

Alliance - in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

- Ambrose Bierce

Kinds Four Praiseworthy

There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.

- Ambrose Bierce

Wisdom Abstain Doubt

When you doubt, abstain.

- Ambrose Bierce

Art Photograph Painted

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.

- Ambrose Bierce

Wedding Bride Prospect

Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.

- Ambrose Bierce

Which Period Happiness

Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.

- Ambrose Bierce

Father Doubt Imagination

Doubt is the father of invention.

- Ambrose Bierce

Leading Nowhere Route

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.

- Ambrose Bierce

Art Reasoning Accordance

Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.

- Ambrose Bierce

Another Act Repeating

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.

- Ambrose Bierce

Over Middle Road

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.

- Ambrose Bierce

Happiness Sensation

Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.

- Ambrose Bierce

Nature Ignorance

Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.

- Ambrose Bierce

War Teaching Geography

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.

- Ambrose Bierce

Politics Private Strife

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

- Ambrose Bierce

Love Marriage Temporary

Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

- Ambrose Bierce

Spiritual Decay Preserving

Life - a spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.

- Ambrose Bierce

Worn Mother Mom

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.

- Ambrose Bierce

Two Poison Italian

Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.

- Ambrose Bierce

Future Lay Offense

To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.

- Ambrose Bierce

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Book Erudition Skull

Erudition - dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.

- Ambrose Bierce

Nature Skull Sculpture

The skull is nature's sculpture.

- David Bailey

Book Had Tell

What that book does for me is give me the tools in the same way that I had the tools when I learned the regular scales or the alphabet. If you give me the tools, the syntax, and the grammar, it still doesn't tell me how to write Ulysses.

- David Baker

Always Book Given

People have given me classified information, but always with the disclaimer 'This can never end up in a book.' And it never does.

- David Baldacci

Book Good Faithful

It's always easiest for me as a writer if I know I have a great ending. It can make everything else work. If you don't have a good ending, it's the hardest things in the world to come up with one. I always loved the ending of 'The Kite Runner,' and the scenes that are most faithful to the book are the last few scenes.

- David Benioff

Always Book Use

I always have a book that I use that somehow inspires my novels.

- David Bergen

Book Away Box

I tend to push whatever is looking over my shoulder away when I am writing. It's once the box of books arrive that I say I'm going to be pilloried for this or that. But then you realize it's done, and there is nothing I can do. I'm proud of the book.

- David Bergen

Book Only Last

You are only as good as your last book, and so there has to be a book.

- David Bergen

Book About Political

When I begin a book, I inevitably discover many things along the way, about the characters, their past histories and the political intrigues that surround them. This discovery process is vital, and I would not prejudice it by deciding too much in advance.

- David Brin

Generation Erudition

I have to hold a meeting with the rising generation every evening, and that takes time. Henry can say, 'Twinkle, twinkle,' all himself, and Edward can repeat it after his father! Giants of genius! Paragons of erudition!

- Adoniram Judson

Chance However Erudition

However, I had a chance encounter with an admissions officer of Stevens Institute of Technology, who so impressed me by his erudition and enthusiasm for the school that I changed course and entered Stevens Institute.

- Frederick Reines

Bearing Fruit Erudition

Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.

- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Which Erudition Burdened

I would hardly say that I have a rich knowledge of anything in particular, but I do seem to be burdened with an unseemly appetite for intellectual and artistic erudition, which, for the sake of balance, I keep well harnessed to a reliable sense of the absurd.

- Thomas Steinbeck

More Reading Erudition

Erudition - that is, reading, writing, and arithmetic - is taught in the schools; but where is the more important quality, character, taught? Nowhere in particular. There is no authorized training for children in character.

- Robert Baden-Powell

Show Writers Erudition

Writers who used to show off their erudition no longer sing in the bare ruined choir of the media.

- William Safire