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The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce
RAZOR
READING

REACH

-n.

The radius of action of the human hand. The area within which it is possible (and customary) to gratify directly the propensity to provide.

 This is a truth, as old as the hills,
That life and experience teach:
The poor man suffers that keenest of ills,
An impediment of his reach.

-G.J.