5 quotes: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce exudes sarcasm, humour, misanthropy, irony and also a sharp point of view, even if it’s disguised by it’s funny and acid style. The extended version was published in 1911 being to this day a book that explains more about humanity than the words it compiles.

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CHRISTIAN, n.

One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.

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ELECTOR, n.

One who enjoys the sacred privilege of voting for the man of another man’s choice.

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PHILISTINE, n.

One whose mind is the creature of its environment, following the fashion in thought, feeling and sentiment. He is sometimes learned, frequently prosperous, commonly clean and always solemn.

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HOMŒOPATHIST, n.

The humorist of the medical profession.

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OCCIDENT, n.

The part of the world lying west (or east) of the Orient. It is largely inhabited by Christians, a powerful subtribe of the Hypocrites, whose principal industries are murder and cheating, which they are pleased to call “war” and “commerce.” These, also, are the principal industries of the Orient.