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OUIDA
(PSEUDONYM OF MARIE LOUISE DE LA RAMEE)
English novelist and social critic
(1839 - 1908)
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A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
      - [Scandal]

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.
      - [Punishment]

A little scandal is an excellent thing; nobody is ever brighter or happier of tongue than when he is making mischief of his neighbors.
      - [Scandal]

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.
      - [Philosophy]

Charity in various guises is an intruder the poor see often; but courtesy and delicacy are visitants with which they are seldom honored.
      - [Charity]

Charity is a flower not naturally of earthly growth, and it needs manuring with a promise of profit.
      - [Charity]

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.
      - [Life]

Dishonor is like the Aaron's Beard in the hedgerows; it can only poison if it be plucked.
      - [Disgrace]

Dissimulation is the only thing that makes society possible; without its amenities the world would be a bear-garden.
      - [Dissimulation]

Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.
      - [Emulation]

Excess always carries its own retribution.
      - [Excess]

Fame! it is the flower of a day, that dies when the next sun rises.
      - [Fame]

Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty, but kind to ugliness.
      - [Familiarity]

Fancy tortures more people than does reality.
      - [Fancy]

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.
      - [Flowers]

Friendship needs to be rooted in respect, but love can live upon itself alone.
      - [Friendship]

Genius cannot escape the taint of its time more than a child the influence of its begetting.
      - [Genius]

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.
      - [Money]

Histories in blazonry and poems in stone.
      - [Architecture]

Honor is an old-world thing; but it smells sweet to those in whose hand it is strong.
      - [Honor]

Hypocrites weep, and you cannot tell their tears from those of saints; but no bad man ever laughed sweetly yet.
      - [Laughter]

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.
      - [Rogues]

Imagination without culture is crippled and moves slowly; but it can be pure imagination, and rich also, as folk-lore will tell the vainest.
      - [Imagination]

Indifference is the invincible grant of the world.
      - [Indifference]

It is a kind of blindness--poverty. We can only grope through life when we are poor, hitting and maiming ourselves against every angle.
      - [Poverty]


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