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  • Bill Bryson
    Bill Bryson
    American-British author 1951-
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    And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food?
  • William Somerset Maugham
    William Somerset Maugham
    English writer 1874-1965
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    Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    English poet and critic 1772-1834
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    He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.
  • Virginia Woolf
    Virginia Woolf
    English writer 1882-1941
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    Methinks the human method of expression by sound of tongue is very elementary, and ought to be substituted for some ingenious invention which should be able to give vent to at least six coherent sentences at once.
  • Sir Arthur Helps
    Sir Arthur Helps
    English writer and dean of the Privy Council 1813-1875
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    Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    Oliver Goldsmith
    Irish writer and poet 1728-1774
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    The mind is ever ingenious in making its own distress.
  • Whenever I found out anything remarkable, I have thought it my duty to put down my discovery on paper, so that all ingenious people might be informed thereof.
  • James Joyce
    James Joyce
    Irish writer 1882-1941
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    Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose Bierce
    American writer 1842-1914
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    Barometer, n.: An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose Bierce
    American writer 1842-1914
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    Barometer: an ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.
    Source: The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose Bierce
    American writer 1842-1914
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    Corporation. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose Bierce
    American writer 1842-1914
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    Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
    Source: The Devil's Dictionary
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose Bierce
    American writer 1842-1914
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    Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver.
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose Bierce
    American writer 1842-1914
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    Insurance: An ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose Bierce
    American writer 1842-1914
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    Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
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