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OUIDA
(PSEUDONYM OF MARIE LOUISE DE LA RAMEE)
English novelist and social critic
(1839 - 1908)
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There is no knife that cuts so sharply and with such poisoned blade as treachery.
      - [Treachery]

To vice innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
      - [Vice]

Verily, virtue must be her own reward, as in the Socratic creed; for she will bring no other dower than peace of conscience in her gift to whosoever weds her. "I have loved justice, and fled from iniquity; wherefore here I die in exile," said Hildebrand upon his death-bed.
      - [Virtue]

We only see clearly when we have reached the depths of woe.
      - [Affliction]

What is failure except feebleness? And what is it to miss one's mark except to aim widely and weakly?
      - [Failure]

What is it that love does to a woman? Without it she only sleeps; with it, alone, she lives.
      - [Love]

When Fame stands by us all alone, she is an angel clad in light and strength; but when Love touches her she drops her sword, and fades away, ghostlike and ashamed.
      - [Fame]

Who has passed by the fates of disillusion has died twice.
      - [Trust]

Woman already controls by not seeming to do so. Talk no more of her rights.
      - [Right]

Women hope that the dead love may revive; but men know that of all dead things none are so past recall as a dead passion.
      - [Love]

You know the Ark of Israel and the calf of Belial were both made of gold. Religion has never yet changed the metal of her one adoration.
      - [Gold]

Youth without faith is a day without sun.
      - [Faith]

"I don't say but what he's difficult to please with his Tops," said Mr. Rake, factotum to the Hon. Bertie Cecil, of the 1st Life Guards, with that article of hunting toggery suspended in his right hand as he paused, before going upstairs, to deliver his opinions with characteristic weight and vivacity to the stud-groom, "he is uncommon particular about 'em; and if his leathers aint as white as snow he'll never touch 'em, tho' as soon as the pack come nigh him at Royallieu, the leathers might just as well never have been cleaned, them hounds jump about him so; old Champion's at his saddle before you can say Davy Jones. . . ."
      - Under Two Flags [Books (First Lines)]

The memories of both went back to a place in a desert land where the folds of the Tricolor drooped over one little grave turned westward toward the shores of France--a grave made where the beat of drum, and the sound of moving squadrons, and the ring of the trumpet-call, and the noise of the assembling battalions could be heard by night and day; a grave where the troops, as they passed it by, saluted and lowered their arms in tender reverence, in faithful, unasked homage, because beneath the Flag they honored there was carved in the white stone one name that spoke to every heart within the army she had loved, one name on which the Arab sun streamed as with a martyr's glory:
  "CIGARETTE,
    "ENFANT DE L'ARMEE, SOLDAT DE LA FRANCE."
      - Under Two Flags [Books (Last Lines)]


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