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One who moves along the line of least reluctance to a desired death.
   —  Ambrose Bierce
From his book:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2014 You, Too!
2013 Bitter Stand
2012 Lost For Words
2011 On Market Reactions…

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An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.
   —  Ambrose Bierce
From his book:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2014 See It Sometime
2013 Precious Friend
2012 It Couldn’t Be Done
Feeling Surrounded?
2011 Surprise!

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To that small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name knowledge.
  —  Ambrose Bierce
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On This Day In:
2013 Reading Rules
2012 Cadet Prayer
2011 Easy To Tell
2010 A NEW Lion In The Senate (Channeling Mr. Smith)
Inception Redux
A Quick Hit Of Stats

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To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
  —  Ambrose Bierce
From:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be.
  —  Morris Adler
[For a prayer I used to say whenever I had a big decision looming, see:   The Para’s Prayer on my Poems page.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 As I…
2012 But We Need Room
2011 A Definition Of Leadership

 

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A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling.
  —    Ambrose Bierce
From his book:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2013 Temporary Reality
2012 The Great Objective
2011 Read A Book

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A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.
  –    Ambrose Bierce
From his book:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2013 No Apologies
2012 Utterly Convinced
2011 A Key To Effectiveness

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The time when men of reason go to bed.  Certain old men prefer to rise at about that time, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach, and otherwise mortifying the flesh.  They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old, not because of their habits, but in spite of them.  The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it.
   –    Ambrose Bierce
From his book:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2013 Ouch!
2012 Just Lookin’ Around
Still Growing
2011 But Do You Want To?

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A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel.
  —  Ambrose Bierce
From his book: “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2013 Wisdom’s Folly
2012 When The Student Is Ready
Disconnected Leadership
2011 The Complex Richness Of Life

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The tendency of all bodies to approach one another with a strength proportioned to the quantity of matter they contain – the quantity of matter they contain being ascertained by the strength of their tendency to approach one another.  This is a lovely and edifying illustration of how science, having made A proof of B, makes B the proof of A.
   —  Ambrose Bierce
From his book: “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2013 Ups And Downs
2012 Nerd Heard – And Good-Bye
Your Continuum
2011 Career Tips (Part 2)

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Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
   –   Ambrose Bierce
From his book:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2012 Surprise Me
2011 Confused With Truth

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That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
 –   Ambrose Bierce
From his book:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2012 Who I Want To Be
2011 Mythic Forgetfulness

 

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The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color it appears to be.  It includes the gift of making any other color appear white.
  –   Ambrose Bierce
From:   “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2012 Why Bother?
2011 Peculiar Notions

 

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The only thing that the rich are willing for the poor to call theirs, and keep.
  –   Ambrose Bierce
From: “The Devil’s Dictionary
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On This Day In:
2012 Rise Up!
The Gift
2011 Artful Courage
2010 A Handful of Lessons…

 

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The March fool with another month added to his folly.
  —   Ambrose Bierce
From: “The Devil’s Dictionary
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One who in perilous emergency thinks with his legs.
  —  Ambrose Bierce
From his book:  “The Devil’s Dictionary
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