Fantastic Fables

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Author: Ambrose Bierce

The Optimist and the Cynic

A MAN who had experienced the favours of fortune and was an Optimist, met a man who had experienced an optimist and was a Cynic. So the Cynic turned out of the road to let the Optimist roll by in his gold carriage.

"My son," said the Optimist, stopping the gold carriage, "you look as if you had not a friend in the world."

"I don’t know if I have or not," replied the Cynic, "for you have the world."

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Chicago: Ambrose Bierce, "The Optimist and the Cynic," Fantastic Fables in Fantastic Fables (New York: The Century Co., 1899), Original Sources, accessed April 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN5BMBX4JVL7KJ3.

MLA: Bierce, Ambrose. "The Optimist and the Cynic." Fantastic Fables, in Fantastic Fables, New York, The Century Co., 1899, Original Sources. 20 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN5BMBX4JVL7KJ3.

Harvard: Bierce, A, 'The Optimist and the Cynic' in Fantastic Fables. cited in 1899, Fantastic Fables, The Century Co., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 20 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CN5BMBX4JVL7KJ3.