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A Cynic Looks At Life

Auhtor: Ambrose Bierce

Language: english
Published: 1912

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essays
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Review by Michael Gallagher, December 2010


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Excerpts from the Book 'A Cynic Looks At Life':

... every custom of our barbarian ancestors in historic times persists in some form today. We make ourselves look formidable in battle-for that matter, ...
... of civilization who is not proud of his heritage in England's glory is unworthy to enjoy his lesser heritage in the lesser glory of his own country. The ...
... an aristocracy of leisure is the best possible kind of human organization I perceive its disadvantages clearly enough. But I do hold that a system ...
... so preeminently wise that they have given it a name by which it is known over half the world. One of the sovereign virtues of this famous law is its ...
... and maundering but if ye do not to others as ye would that they do to you it shall occur, and that right soon, that ye be drowned in your own blood ...
... the passing of races-the entrances and exits of Life-are incidents in a brisk and lively drama, following one another with confusing rapidity. Mankind ...
... is not loaded. In civilized countries where there is enough respect for the laws to administer them, there is enough to obey them. While man still ...
... try to trace and lucidly expound the chain of motives lying between the knowledge that a murderer has been hanged and the wish to commit a murder. How, ...
... rising young suicide may go and kill somebody else instead of himself, in order to receive from the public executioner a happier dispatch than his own ...
... and forbidding, as about the broken statue of Ozymandias. The lone and level sands stretched far away. IMMORTALITY. The desire for life everlasting ...
... is a learned, if somewhat theatrical, astronomer. He has a tremendous imagination, which naturally is more at home in the marvelous and catastrophic ...
... if searching for the cause of augmented poverty and crime, industrial discontent and the tramp evil, instead of dogmatically expounding it, we should ...
... of the inferior breeds. It does not commonly occur to the wealthy professional man, or prominent merchant, to be ashamed to add to his yearly ...
... significant facts are within the purview of all but the very young and the comfortably blind. To the woman of to-day the man of to-day is imperfectly ...
... arose from the dead. Yesterday, he said, I ruled half the world. Please show me the half that you ruled, said an angel, pointing out a wisp of ...
... puts aside the temptation to manipulate the market or acquire a monopoly. For study of the good and the bad in woman two women are a needless expense. There's ...
... of the world, instead of the talking, men would be regarded as the superior sex in beauty, grace and goodness. Love is a delightful day's journey. ...
... lies about us in our infancy, and our neighbors take up the tale as we mature. My laws, she said, are of myself a part: I read ...
... when inevitable is excusable. It may be harmless, even beneficial but it is charming only to the unwise. To affect a spurious ignorance ...
... The Devil's Dictionary. The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work ? along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto nothing ...