Just in case you are bemoaning

the state of the world,  rest assured there is nothing new under the sun. I offer you some quotes from one of my favorite cynics, Ambrose Bierce.

“Cynic:  A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be.”

“What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country.”

“In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.”

“Conservative: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.”

“President: The leading figure in a small group of men of whom — and of whom only — it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for President.”

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

“Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.”

“Prejudice – a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.”

And on a slightly different note but one dear to my heart –  about which I was planning to write  but instead prepared that which you are reading at the moment:

“Positivism: A philosophy that denies our knowledge of the Real and affirms our ignorance of the Apparent”


4 thoughts on “Just in case you are bemoaning

  1. When I’m positive I do not “deny” anything that is “real”… nor am I “ignorant” of anything “real”. I simply choose to see the good in all that is “real”. Because even a stopped clock is right twice a day. 😀 This quote you’ve copied here is by Ambrose Bierce from a book called “The Devil’s Dictionary”. I myself wouldn’t give much credence to what ole Ambrose has to say nor to his definition of ‘positivism’. I hope you have a great Friday, Grace. Have any plans for today? We’re taking the grandgirls back home to Michigan this afternoon, which is something we always do on a Sunday. So it has felt like Sunday all day. As a senior citizen I get my days mixed up enough as it is, without anymore help in that department. *lol*

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    1. Yup, “The Devil’s Dictionary” – a book I’ve long had on my shelf – matter of fact my copy is so old the pages are brittle. (I just checked for the heck of it and my copy is the 1957 edition.) Some of the quotes in this post are not entries tho.

      I think I agree with Mr. Bierce in all things and I think the quotes I have gathered here are as true now as they were then and were probably true before Mr. Bierce penned his.


    1. Ok, that might be confusing. The book, “The Devil’s Dictionary” by Ambrose Bierce was first published in 1906! My particular book is the 1957 edition, purchased by me probably in the mid-1960’s – that’s how long I’ve had the book! And we could probably go back 2 thousand years and find among the ancient Greeks and Romans similar assessments of politics and politicians. (Now there is an interesting research project which I will NOT be pursuing LOL)


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