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Petty laws breed great crimes.
— Ouida
Indifference is the invincible giant of the world.


It takes a great nature to bear the weight of a great gratitude.


Take hope from the heart of man and you make him a beast of prey.


Fame!  It is the flower of a day, that dies when the next sun rises.


To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.

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


Petty laws breed great crimes.  Few rulers, big or little, remember that.


A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.

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There is a chord in every human heart than has a sigh in it if touched aright.
— Ouida


There is no applause that so flatters a man as that which he wrings from unwilling throats.


The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.

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Truth is a rough, honest, helter-skelter, terrier, that none like to see brought into their drawing rooms.


Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends good-bye.
— Ouida
It is a kind of blindness—poverty.  We can only grope through life when we are poor, hitting and maiming ourselves against every angle.


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.


Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. That is in itself a great force: they do not waste their energies in considering the good of others.


There is a chord in every human heart than has a sigh in it if touched aright. When the artist finds the keynote, which that chord will answer to, in the dullest as in the highest—then he is great.