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 :: 1838-1908, British Writer

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A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
~ Ouida - [Gossip]

 

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

 

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If all feeling for grace and beauty were not extinguished in the mass of mankind at the actual moment, such a method of locomotion as cycling could never have found acceptance; no man or woman with the slightest aesthetic sense could assume the ludicrous position necessary for it.
~ Ouida - [Bicycles]

 

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In a few generations more, there will probably be no room at all allowed for animals on the earth: no need of them, no toleration of them. An immense agony will have then ceased, but with it there will also have passed away the last smile of the world's youth.
~ Ouida - [Animals]

 

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Petty laws breed great crimes.
~ Ouida - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Sport inevitably creates deadness of feeling. No one could take pleasure in it who was sensitive to suffering; and therefore its pursuit by women is much more to be regretted than its pursuit by men, because women pursue much more violently and recklessly what they pursue at all.
~ Ouida - [Sports]

 

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Take hope from the heart of man and you make him a beast of prey.
~ Ouida - [Hope]

 

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The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.
~ Ouida - [Absence]

 

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To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
~ Ouida - [Innocence]

 

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