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«A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.»
«We are supposed to be the children of Seth; but Seth is too much of an effete nonentity to deserve ancestral regard. No, we are the sons of Cain, and with violence can be associated the attacks on sound, stone, wood and metal that produced civilization.»
«ALLIGATOR, n. The crocodile of America, superior in every detail to the crocodile of the effete monarchies of the Old World. Herodotus says the Indus is, with one exception, the only river that produces crocodiles, but they appear to have gone West and grown up with the other rivers. From the notches on his back the alligator is called a sawrian.»
Author: Ambrose Bierce
, Go West
, Grown up
, Old World
, The Crocodile
, The Crocodiles
, The monarchy