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Monogamy graphic by J.R. Swanson from "The Devil's Dictionaries"

LOVE, n. The recognition of another’s ability to increase one’s happiness; 2) A form of temporary insanity. The cure, as Nietzsche points out, often costs no more than the price of a new pair of eyeglasses; 3) The motivation of religious folk when they inflict pain upon you for your own good.

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— from The American Heretic’s Dictionary (revised & expanded), the 21st-century successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary. (The link goes to 50 sample definitions and illustrations.)

American Heretic's Dictionary revised and expanded by Chaz Bufe, front cover


Friedrich Nietzsche

“A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love…”

–Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human


Monogamy graphic by J.R. Swanson from "The Devil's Dictionaries"LOVE, n. The recognition of another’s ability to increase one’s happiness; 2) A form of temporary insanity. The cure, as Nietzsche points out, often costs no more than the price of a new pair of eyeglasses.

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary


“Marriage is an institution. Marriage is love. Love is blind. Therefore, marriage is an institution for the blind.”

–Anonymous

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

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