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Absence
Engrave this Quote Woman absent is woman dead.
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-Ambrose Bierce
Abstinence
Engrave this Quote Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
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Absurdity
Engrave this Quote Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
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Advice
Engrave this Quote Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.
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Age
Engrave this Quote 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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-Ambrose Bierce
Ambition
Engrave this Quote Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
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Ancestry, Ancestors
Engrave this Quote Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
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Anger
Engrave this Quote Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
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Architecture
Engrave this Quote Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.
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Atheism
Engrave this Quote Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
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Engrave this Quote Irreligion. The principal one of the great faiths of the world.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote Let me tell you what a writer is. A writer takes comprehensive views, holds large convictions, makes wide generalizations. A writer's not English, Mexican, or American. A writer's not a woman nor a man. A writer's not Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Muslim, nor snake worshipper. To local standards of right and wrong a writer's civilly indifferent. In the virtues, a writer's concerned only with general expediency. A writer doesn't waste time focusing on fixed moral principles that aren't yet before the court of conscience. Happiness discloses itself to a writer as the end and purpose of life, and art and love are the only means to a writer's happiness. A writer is free of all doctrines, theories, etiquettes, and politics. To a writer, a continent doesn't seem long, nor a century wide. And a writer has ever present consciousness that this is a world of...fools and rogues, blind with superstition, tormented with envy, consumed with vanity, selfish, false, cruel, cursed with illusions, and frothing mad.
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Beauty
Engrave this Quote Beauty. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
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Boredom
Engrave this Quote Bore -- a person who talks when you wish him to listen.
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Business
Engrave this Quote Corporation. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
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Engrave this Quote Don't steal; thou it never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat.
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Censorship
Engrave this Quote Censor, n. An officer of certain governments, employed to supress the works of genius. Among the Romans the censor was an inspector of public morals, but the public morals of modern nations will not bear inspection.
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-Ambrose Bierce, The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary, 1967
Certainty
Engrave this Quote To be positive: to be mistaken at the top of one's voice.
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Charity
Engrave this Quote Philanthropist. A rich (and usually bald) old gentleman who has trained himself to grin while his conscience is picking his pocket.
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City Life, Cities
Engrave this Quote When in Rome, do as Rome does.
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Community
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Compromise
Engrave this Quote Compromise. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.
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Congress
Engrave this Quote The Senate is a body of old men charged with high duties and misdemeanors.
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Conservatism
Engrave this Quote Conservative. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.
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Cowardice/Weakness
Engrave this Quote A coward is one who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.
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