Ambrose Bierce quote about intelligence from The Devil's Dictionary - In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, brain is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
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In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, brain is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
 Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1906). copy citation

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“That which distinguishes the man who is content to be something from the man who wishes to do something. A man of great wealth, or one who has been pitchforked into high station, has commonly such a headful of brain that his neighbors cannot keep their hats on. In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, brain is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
BRANDY, n. A cordial composed of one part thunder-and-lightning, one part remorse, two parts bloody murder, one part death-hell-and-the grave and four parts clarified Satan. Dose, a headful all the time.” source

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