Monday, May 05, 2008

The Devil's Dictionary -- Part One...

A selection of quotes from "The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce:

1. BACKBITE, v.t.
To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you.

2. BEAUTY, n.
The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.

In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.

4. BORE, n.
A person who talks when you wish him to listen.

5. BRIDE, n.
A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.

The patriotic art of lying for one's country.

7. FEMALE, n.
One of the opposing, or unfair, sex.

8. GHOST, n.
The outward and visible sign of an inward fear.

9. GRAVE, n.
A place in which the dead are laid to await the coming of the medical student.

A machine which makes a Frenchman shrug his shoulders with good reason.


Anonymous said...

Shrug your shoulders with good reason. LOL

I guess so.

Martin Stickland said...


It is bank holiday Monday here Patty so we have a day off work...yipee!

Poor Jackie has to work today though!

Hope you are both okay!

Love Martin

Merle said...

Dear Patty ~~ I liked No.3 Belladonna
though they are all funny. Thanks for the smiles. And thank you for wishing June a happy B'day. I hope youu and Abe are both well, and getting good sleeps at the end of the day.
My niece is doing well at present. She is home and getting back to normal, before her next set af tests.
I hope that they will do the whole job for her. Take care, Love, Merle.

Wanda said...

I like the one about the medical student ~~ that's why I'm for cremation :)HaHa

Renie Burghardt said...

These are pretty good. Funny one is Bride, and Diplomacy!

Have a good night, Patty.


Mississippi Songbird said...

Thoses are all cute.. Thanks for sharing. Have a great evening..