A Cynic Looks at Life

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Author: Ambrose Bierce
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,659 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,014
Added to site: 2005.07.22
mnybks.net#: 11071
Genre: Essays

Edited by E. Haldeman-Julius

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e as he. He was one of those few whose goodness and wisdom are such that after some time has passed their foolish fellowmen begin to think them gods and treasure their words as divine law; and by millions they are worshiped through centuries of time. Amongst the utterances of this man was one command--not a new nor perfect one--which has seemed to his adorers so preeminently wise that they have given it a name by which it is known over half the world. One of the sovereign virtues of this famous law is its simplicity, which is such that all hearing must understand; and obedience is so easy that any nation refusing is unfit to exist except in the turbulence and adversity that will surely come to it. When a people would avert want and strife, or, having them, would restore plenty and peace, this noble commandment offers the only means--all other plans for safety or relief are as vain as dreams, as empty as the crooning of hags. And behold, here is it: "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do

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