"Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce" was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, Fable/fabulist, and Satire/satirist. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary. His vehemence as a critic, his motto "Nothing matters", and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work, all earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce".
Despite his reputation as a searing critic, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including poet George Sterling and fiction writer W. C. Morrow. Bierce employed a distinctive style of writing, especially in his stories. His style often embraces an abrupt beginning, dark imagery, vague references to time, limited descriptions, impossible events and the theme of war.
In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. While traveling with rebel troops, missing persons/he disappeared without a trace.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous journalists! More Ambrose Bierce on Wikipedia.
VALOR, n. A soldierly compound of vanity, duty and the gambler's hope. 'Why have you halted?' roared the commander of a division and Chickamauga, who had ordered a charge; 'move forward, sir, at once.' 'General,' said the commander of the delinquent brigade, 'I am persuaded that any further display of valor by my troops will bring them into collision with the enemy.'Ambrose Bierce
INDECISION, n. The chief element of success; 'for whereas,' saith Sir Thomas Brewbold, 'there is but one way to do nothing and diverse ways to do something, whereof, to a surety, only one is the right way, it followeth that he who from indecision standeth still hath not so many chances of going astray as he who pusheth forwards' -- a most clear and satisfactory exposition on the matter. 'Your.Ambrose Bierce
OSTRICH, n. A large bird to which (for its sins, doubtless) nature has denied that hinder toe in which so many pious naturalists have seen a conspicuous evidence of design. The absence of a good working pair of wings is no defect, for, as has been ingeniously pointed out, the ostrich does not fly.Ambrose Bierce
REDRESS, n. Reparation without satisfaction. Among the Anglo-Saxon a subject conceiving himself wronged by the king was permitted, on proving his injury, to beat a brazen image of the royal offender with a switch that was afterward applied to his own naked back. The latter rite was performed by the public hangman, and it assured moderation in the plaintiff's choice of a switch.Ambrose Bierce