One of the books I contemplated buying at the book sale I previously wrote about was a nice Penguin edition of Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary. But from reading the preface I noticed that the book was in the public domain, so I figured it must be available online, and thus didn’t ultimately buy the book. Sure enough, it is available online (here, here, here, here, here, and here, for starters).
I was hoping “hubris” might be in it, but as an alternative, I’ll offer up these two back-to-back entries:
PATRIOT, n. One to whom the interests of a part seem superior to those of the whole. The dupe of statesmen and the tool of conquerors.
PATRIOTISM, n. Combustible rubbish read to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.