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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Monday, February 09, 2009

Ambrose Bierce

Ever hear of Ambrose Bierce? From Wikipedia -

Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – 1914?) was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical dictionary, The Devil's Dictionary.
The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work – along with his vehemence as a critic – earned him the nickname, "Bitter Bierce." Despite his reputation as a searing critic, however, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including the poet, George Sterling and the fiction writer, W. C. Morrow.
In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain a firsthand perspective on that country's ongoing revolution. While traveling with rebel troops, the elderly writer disappeared without a trace.

Here are some of his defintions:

OPTIMIST, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white.

LOVE: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage.

KILL v.t.: To create a vacancy without nominating a successor.

KISS, n. A word invented by the poets as a rhyme for "bliss."

He also said, "Death is not the end. There remains litigation over the estate."

Just something interesting to think about to start the week - are there any words you can define?

What about Buddha's of Hollywood's Blog:

”Enough is not a number, enough is a state of mind.”



^..^ Corgi Dog Mama said...

Whoa dudette......enough is a state of mind........and love, curable by marriage....sheesh, those both got to me and made me blink, and think.

I think that contentment, or that feeling of "enough" is probably one of the best gifts we can give ourselves. People go crazy by always wanting more of something.
Is that because there's something lacking inside of us, making us "want" and we just don't know for sure what it is we want? So, we end up wanting more of everything, in a continual search...then end up, that wasn't it, no...that wasn't quite right.
At some point we have to say to ourselves, enough...this is enough.
That can be good, and that can be bad. You know what I mean? Sometimes, saying it's enough, will change our lives in a big way...that's scary.

Chatty Crone said...

You got me think Corgi Dog Mama- First of all thanks for all your comments - you're a deep thinker too!

Do you think we look for something more because we feel empty inside and think by filling it with 'something' we will feel better ourselves?

And that the real truth is we have enough - already inside us - to survive?