Ambrose Bierce quote about belief from The Devil's Dictionary - OPTIMISM, n. The doctrine, or belief, that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong.
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OPTIMISM, n. The doctrine, or belief, that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong.
 Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1911). copy citation

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Author Ambrose Bierce
Source The Devil's Dictionary
Topic belief good beautiful optimism
Date 1911
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/972/972-h/972-h.htm

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“This so enraged the King that the Prime Minister was put to death, the parliament was dissolved with a battery of artillery, and government of the people, by the people, for the people perished from Ghargaroo.
OPTIMISM, n. The doctrine, or belief, that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong. It is held with greatest tenacity by those most accustomed to the mischance of falling into adversity, and is most acceptably expounded with the grin that apes a smile. Being a blind faith, it is inaccessible to the light of disproof—an intellectual disorder, yielding to no treatment but death.” source

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