Category Archives: Literature

Robert Ingersoll’s Creed

Robert G. Ingersoll is one of my heroes.  He confronted religious faith and showed that it was nothing more than primitive superstition.  At the end of the 19th century, he had accumulated quite a following for what he called "freethought," based on reason, logic and experience.  Sadly, he died in 1899 at 66, far too soon.  He still had much work to do, and nobody of his stature arose to take his place.  His writings, speeches and debates are collected in twelve volumes which can be found at Read more [...]

Adages and Aphorisms by Ambrose – Part 2

This is the second part of a collection of my favorite quotes from "The Devil’s Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce. You can find the first part here Edible: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. Effect: The second of two phenomena which always occur together in the same order.  The first, called a Cause, is said to generate the other – which is no more sensible that it would be for one who Read more [...]

Adages and Aphorisms by Ambrose – Part 1

If you are not acquainted with Ambrose Bierce, you should be.  A literary figure of the 19th Century, he is little known today, but in his time, he was admired by no less a writer than H. L. Mencken, who said that Bierce’s “The Devil’s Dictionary” was “the most brilliant stuff, first and last, that America has ever produced … the true masterpiece of the one genuine wit that These States have ever seen.” “The Devil’s Dictionary” is a collection of sly and cynical observations Read more [...]