Friday, December 12, 2008

The Devil's Dictionary: Epigram (n.)

A short, sharp saying in prose of verse, frequently characterized by acidity or acerbity and sometimes by wisdom.

Bierce then provides example, among them:

We know better the needs of ourselves than of others. To serve oneself is economy of administration.

Beauty in women and distinction in men are alike in this: they seem to the unthinking a kind of credibility.


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