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Cynical Definitions

n. The beginning of a temporary state. Oddly, this event is widely celebrated.

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n. The first, and dirtiest, of all disasters.

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Cynical Quotations

Birth to the butterfly looks like death to the caterpillar.

— Unknown

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As to the nature of it there appears to be no uniformity. Castor and Pollux were born from the egg. Pallas came out of a skull. Galatea was once a block of stone. Peresilis, who wrote in the tenth century, avers that he grew up out of the ground where a priest had spilled holy water. It is known that Arimaxus was derived from a hole in the earth, made by a stroke of lightning. Leucomedon was the son of a cavern in Mount Aetna, and I have myself seen a man come out of a wine cellar.

— Ambrose Bierce

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