The Devil's Dictionary

The Devil's Dictionary : (Ambrose Bierce Classics Collection)

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ABDOMEN, n. The temple of the god Stomach, in whose worship, with sacrificial rights, all true men engage. From women this ancient faith commands but a stammering assent. They sometimes minister at the altar in a half-hearted and ineffective way, but true reverence for the one deity that men really adore they know not. If woman had a free hand in the world's marketing the race would become graminivorous. ABILITY, n. The natural equipment to accomplish some small part of the meaner ambitions distinguishing able men from dead ones. In the last analysis ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity. Perhaps, however, this impressive quality is rightly appraised; it is no easy task to be solemn.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 295g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508700192
  • 9781508700197

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