Monday, November 05, 2007
Lunes con Maestro Bierce
Brain, n. An apparatus with which we think we think.
Bride, n. A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
Cabbage, n. A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head.
Cat, n. A soft, indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
Dawn, n. When men of reason go to bed.
Erudition, n. Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.
Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
Freemason, n. An order with secret rites, grotesque ceremonies and fantastic costumes, which, originating in the reign of Charles II, among working artisans of London, has been joined successively by the dead of past centuries in unbroken retrogression until now it embraces all the generations of man on the hither side of Adam and is drumming up distinguished recruits among the pre-Creational inhabitants of Chaos and Formless Void. The order was founded at different times by Charlemagne, Julius Caesar, Cyrus, Solomon, Zoroaster, Confucious, Thothmes, and Buddha. Its emblems and symbols have been found in the Catacombs of Paris and Rome, on the stones of the Parthenon and the Chinese Great Wall, among the temples of Karnak and Palmyra and in the Egyptian Pyramids -- always by a Freemason.
Friendless, adj. Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense.
Genealogy, n. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
Guilt, n. The condition of one who is known to have committed an indiscretion, as distinguished from the state of him who has covered his tracks.
Happiness, n. An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
Hers, pron. His.
Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling.
Inhumanity, n. One of the signal and characteristic qualities of humanity.
Justice, n. A commodity which in a more or less adulterated condition the State sells to the citizen as a reward for his allegiance, taxes and personal service.
Laughter, n. An interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and, though intermittent, incurable.
Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
Liberty, n. One of imagination's most precious possessions.
Logic, n. The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.
Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. This disease is prevalent only among civilized races living under artificial conditions; barbarous nations breathing pure air and eating simple food enjoy immunity from its ravages. It is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the physician than to the patient.
Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech, and action derived by the conformants [sic] from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that they themselves are sane.
Monday, n. In Christian countries, the day after the [football] game.
Ocean, n. A body of water covering seven-tenths of a world designed for Man - who has no gills.
Once, adj. Enough.
(from Devils' Dictionary, as fine a piece of Americun religious writing to be found. One rarely hears a Biercian sort of eloquence at the Cafe Cockaroacha Karaoke nite.)
Praise be, Maestro Ambrose: sort of like Vonnegut, with twice the IQ (and AB not such a bad latinist).
Posted by J at 8:40 AM
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