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    ouida Quotes

    Most crimes are sanctioned in some form or other when they take grand names.
    — Ouida
    tags: crimes 
     
    Excess always carries it's own retributions.
    — Ouida
    The world never leaves one in ignorance or in peace.
    — Ouida
    tags: peace  world  ignorance 
     
    Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
    — Ouida
    tags: beauty 
     
    Genius scorns the power of gold: it is wrong. Gold is the war-scythe on its chariot, which mows down the millions of its foes, and gives free passage to the sun-coursers with which it leaves those heavenly fields of light for the gross battlefields of earth.
    — Ouida
    tags: power  earth  wrong  genius 
     
    Friendship needs to be rooted in respect, but love can live upon itself alone
    — Ouida
    Power is sweet, and when you are a little clerk you love its sweetness quite as much as if you were an emperor, and maybe you love it a good deal more.
    — Ouida
    tags: power 
     
    There is no applause that so flatters a man as that which he wrings from unwilling throats.
    — Ouida
    tags: men 
     
    A great love is an absolute isolation and an absolute absorption.
    — Ouida
    Coleridge cried; "O God, how glorious it is to live!" Renan asks, "O God, when will it be worth while to live?" In Nature we echo the poet; in the world we echo the thinker.
    — Ouida
    tags: nature  world  god  worth 
     
    The art of pleasing is more based on the art of seeming pleased than people think of, and she disarmed the prejudices of her enemies by the unaffected delight she appeared to take in themselves.
    — Ouida
    nothing is so pleasant ... as to display your worldly wisdom in epigram and dissertation, but it is a trifle tedious to hear another person display theirs.
    — Ouida
    tags: people  wisdom 
     
    A pipe is a pocket philosopher,-a truer one than Socrates, for it never asks questions. Socrates must have been very tiresome, when one thinks of it.
    — Ouida
    tags: questions 
     
    Honor is an old-world thing; but it smells sweet to those in whose hand it is strong.
    — Ouida
    tags: strong  honor 
     
    for what is the gift of the poet and the artist except to see the sights which others cannot see and to hear the sounds that others cannot hear?
    — Ouida
    tags: gift  poet  artist 
     
    Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others.
    — Ouida
    tags: people  energy  wishes 
     
    In its permission to man to render subject to him all other living creatures of the earth, it continued the cruelty of the barbarian and the pagan, and endowed these with what appeared a divine authority.
    — Ouida
    There is a chord in every heart that has a sigh in it if touched aright.
    — Ouida
    tags: heart 
     
    A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
    — Ouida
    tags: stories 
     
    I do not wish to be a coward like the father of mankind and throw the blame upon a woman.
    — Ouida
    tags: women  mankind  wishes  father 
     
    Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.
    — Ouida
    tags: friends  goodbye 
     
    Petty laws breed great crimes.
    — Ouida
    tags: crimes  law 
     
    I have known men who have been sold and bought a hundred times, who have only got very fat and very comfortable in the process of exchange.
    — Ouida
    tags: time  men  process 
     
    [On Christianity:] Its lip-service and its empty rites have made it the easiest of all tasks for the usurer to cloak his cruelties, the miser to hide his avarice, the lawyer to condone his lies, the sinner of all social sins to purchase the social immunity from them by outward deference to churches.
    — Ouida
    tags: lies  cruelty  sin  church  sinner 
     
    Woman already controls by not seeming to do so. Talk no more of her rights.
    — Ouida
    tags: women  control  right 
     
    It is a kind of blindness-poverty. We can only grope through life when we are poor, hitting and maiming ourselves against every angle.
    — Ouida
    tags: poor 
     
    It needs a great nature to bear the weight of a great gratitude.
    — Ouida
    tags: nature  gratitude 
     
    Count art by gold, and it fetters the feet it once winged.
    — Ouida
    It is quite easy for stupid people to be happy; they believe in fables, and they trot on in a beaten track like a horse on a tramway.
    — Ouida
    tags: people  believe 
     
    There is a self-evident axiom, that she who is born a beauty is half married.
    — Ouida
    tags: beauty 
     
    Fancy tortures more people than does reality
    — Ouida
    tags: people  reality 
     
    Men are always optimists when they look inwards, and pessimists when they look round them.
    — Ouida
    tags: men 
     
    age is nothing but death that is conscious.
    — Ouida
    tags: death  conscious  age 
     
    We only see clearly when we have reached the depths of woe.
    — Ouida
    Why is youth so short and age so long?
    — Ouida
    tags: youth  age 
     
    Even of death Christianity has made a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan and the stoical repose of the Indian.
    — Ouida
    tags: death  gay  christianity 
     
    Truth is a rough, honest, helter-skelter terrier that none like to see brought into their drawing rooms.
    — Ouida
    tags: truth 
     
    Take hope from the heart of man, and you make him a beast of prey.
    — Ouida
    tags: men  heart  hope 
     
    Flowers belong to Fairyland: the flowers and the birds and the butterflies are all that the world has kept of its golden age-the only perfectly beautiful things on earth-joyous, innocent, half divine-useless, say they who are wiser than God.
    — Ouida
    Love, the one supreme, unceasing source of human felicity, the one sole joy which lifts the whole mortal existence into the empyrean, was by it [Christianity] degraded into the mere mechanical action of reproduction.
    — Ouida
    tags: joy  action  human  existence 
     
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