Ambrose Bierce quote about theft from The Devil's Dictionary - ALLIANCE, n. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
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ALLIANCE, n. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
 Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1906). copy citation

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Author Ambrose Bierce
Source The Devil's Dictionary
Topic theft politics
Date 1906
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/972/972-h/972-h.htm

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“Junker Barlow ALLEGIANCE, n.
This thing Allegiance, as I suppose, Is a ring fitted in the subject's nose, Whereby that organ is kept rightly pointed To smell the sweetness of the Lord's anointed.
G.J. ALLIANCE, n. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
ALLIGATOR, n. The crocodile of America, superior in every detail to the crocodile of the effete monarchies of the Old World. Herodotus says the Indus is, with one exception, the only river that produces crocodiles, but they appear to have gone West and grown up with the other rivers.” source

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