Excerpts from The Devil’s Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce, American author

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Today’s Our Periodic Pasta consists of a few select entries from The Devil’s Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce:

Evangelist: A bearer of good tidings, particularly such as assure us of our own salvation and the damnation of our neighbours.

Infidel: In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.

Pray: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.

Religion: A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.

Scriptures: The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.

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