Ambrose Bierce quote about words from The Devil's Dictionary - QUOTATION, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated.
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QUOTATION, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated.
 Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1911). copy citation

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Author Ambrose Bierce
Source The Devil's Dictionary
Topic words error quotation
Date 1911
Language English
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“A sufficient number of members of a deliberative body to have their own way and their own way of having it. In the United States Senate a quorum consists of the chairman of the Committee on Finance and a messenger from the White House; in the House of Representatives, of the Speaker and the devil.
QUOTATION, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated.
Intent on making his quotation truer, He sought the page infallible of Brewer, Then made a solemn vow that he would be Condemned eternally. Ah, me, ah, me!
Stumpo Gaker QUOTIENT, n. A number showing how many times a sum of money belonging to one person is contained in the pocket of another—usually about as many times as it can be got there.” source

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