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The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce
RESIDENT
RESOLUTE

RESIGN

-v.t.

To renounce an honor for an advantage. To renounce an advantage for a greater advantage.

 'Twas rumored Leonard Wood had signed
A true renunciation
Of title, rank and every kind
Of military station —
Each honorable station.
 By his example fired — inclined
To noble emulation,
The country humbly was resigned
To Leonard's resignation —
His Christian resignation.

- Politian Greame