The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce
Publisher: World Pub. Co 1911
Number of pages: 392
Satiric lexicon by Ambrose Bierce, first compiled as The Cynic's Word Book in 1906. The barbed definitions that Bierce began publishing in a weekly journal he edited in San Francisco, brought this 19th-century stock form to a new level of artistry. Employing a terse, aphoristic style, Bierce lampooned social, professional, and religious convention, as in his definitions for bore--"A person who talks when you wish him to listen"; architect--"One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money"; and saint--"A dead sinner revised and edited."
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by Chester Field Jr. - Henry Altemus Company
'There is only one worse break than asking a woman her age: it is looking incredulous when she tells it.' 'If you would have a serene old age never woo a girl who keeps a diary.' 'A chef is a cook who gets a salary instead of wages.'
by Jesse Lynch Williams - Charles Scribner's Sons
The first day at college: Hi, there! you big Freshman, take off your hat -- yes, we're talking to you -- take off your hat to the class above you -- stop, don't try to get by, my sober-faced young friend. That would not be nice of you.
by Donald Ogden Stewart - George H. Doran Company
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by Eric Landa - Smashwords
This first book contains five thousand jokes from a variety of sources from both famous and ordinary people. Hopefully they'll bring a smile to your face, a grin to your mouth and maybe make your fingers scratch your head every now and then ...