The funniest and wittiest quotes from Ambrose Bierce’s comic masterpiece, The Devil’s Dictionary
We’ve read the whole of Ambrose Bierce’s wonderful The Devil’s Dictionary and, below, have distilled the book into 25 of the very best entries in this classic lexicon. The only stipulation we set ourselves was that the quotes we selected had to be short and pithy – preferably no longer than one sentence – to ensure maximum quotability. We hope you enjoy our selection.
Admiration,n. Our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves.
Barometer,n. An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.
Clairvoyant,n. A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron – namely, that he is a blockhead.
Comfort,n. A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor’s uneasiness.
Consult, v. To seek another’s approval of a…
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