Uma das minhas prendas de Natal deste ano foi um muito inesperado dicionário, "The Devil's Dictionary" do Senhor Ambrose Bierce, edição da Folio Society que contém algumas pérolas de sabedoria.
"Absolute, adj. Independent, irresponsible. An absolute monarchy is one in which the sovereign does as he pleases so long as he pleases the assassins. Not many absolute monarchies are left, most of them having been replaced by limited monarchies, where the sovereign's power for evil (and for good) is greatly curtailed, and by republics, which are governed by chance".
"Bride, n. A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her".
"Dentist, n. A prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket".
"Diplomacy, n. The patriotic art of lying for one's country".
"Wedding, n. A ceremony at which two persons undertake to become one, one undertakes to become nothing, and nothing undertakes to become supportable".
"Wit, n. The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out".