Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ambrose Bierce

From Ambrose Bierce's Devils Dictionary:

RESPONSIBILITY, n. A detachable burden easily shifted to the
shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbor.
In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.

FREEDOM, n. Exemption from the stress of authority in a beggarly
half dozen of restraint's infinite multitude of methods.
A political condition that every nation supposes itself to enjoy
in virtual monopoly. Liberty. The distinction between freedom and
liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have never been able to
find a living specimen of either.

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