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Ouida (January 7, 1839 January 25, 1908) was the pen name of the English novelist Maria Louise Ram (although she preferred to be known as Marie Louise de la Rame).

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

Petty laws breed great crimes.
Take hope from the heart of man and you make him a beast of prey.
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.
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.
To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
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.