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Bierce LOGIC, n. The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding. The basis of logic is the syllogism, consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion–thus:

Major Premise: Sixty men can do a piece of work sixty times as quickly as one man.

Minor Premise: One man can dig a post-hole in sixty seconds. Therefore–

Conclusion: Sixty men can dig a post-hole in one second.

This may be called the syllogism arithmetical, in which, by combining logic and mathematics, we obtain a double certainty and are twice blessed.

–Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary


  • Power corrupts
  • Absolute power corrupts absolutely
  • God is all powerful
  • Draw your own conclusions

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–Anonymous, quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

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