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The Devil's Dictionary: Idiot

by Ambrose Bierce ICONOCLASTIDLENESSIDIOT -n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot's activity is not c…

Brewer's: Idiot

meant originally a private person, one not engaged in any public office. Hence Jeremy Taylor says, “Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots” (private persons). Th…

Brewer's: Inspired Idiot

(The). Oliver Goldsmith was so called by Walpole. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894InstinctInsolence A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T…

The Devil's Dictionary: Ethnology

by Ambrose Bierce ESOTERICEUCHARISTETHNOLOGY -n. The science that treats of the various tribes of Man, as robbers, thieves, swindlers, dunces, lunatics, idiots and ethnologists.

The Devil's Dictionary: Idleness

by Ambrose Bierce IDIOTIGNORAMUSIDLENESS -n. A model farm where the devil experiments with seeds of new sins and promotes the growth of staple vices.

Winston Ross Biography

Winston Ross stage actor appeared in 25 Broadway productions, including Idiot's Delight, Billy Budd and Twelfth NightBorn: 1913Died: 1997Edwin (Chapo) Rosario1997 DeathsLeo Rosten

Walt Whitman: Transpositions

TranspositionsLet the reformers descend from the stands where they are forever bawling—let an idiot or insane person appear on each of the stands; Let judges and criminals be transposed—le…

Stephen Crane: Love met me at noonday,

Love met me at noonday, —Reckless imp, To leave his shaded nights And brave the glare,— And I saw him then plainly For a bungler, A stupid, simpering, eyeless bungler, Breaking the hearts of b…

Aesop's Fables: The Ass Carrying the Image

by Aesop The Ass and the DogThe Athenian and the ThebanThe Ass Carrying the Image A certain man put an Image on the back of his Ass to take it to one of the temples of the town. As they wen…

The Devil's Dictionary: Iconoclast

by Ambrose Bierce ICHORIDIOTICONOCLAST -n. A breaker of idols, the worshipers whereof are imperfectly gratified by the performance, and most strenuously protest that he unbuildeth but doth n…