Ouida was born 1 January 1839, and died 25 January 1908.
- Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others.
- I have know a thousand scamps; but I never met one who considered himself so. Self-knowledge isn’t so common.
- Woman’s fatal weakness is to desire sympathy and comprehension.
- I do not wish to be a coward like the father of mankind and throw the blame upon a woman.
- One must pray first, but afterwards one must help oneself. God does not care for cowards.
- Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan.
- He mistook, as the cleverest men often do mistake, in underrating the cruelty of women.
- Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
- There are wrongs for which religion makes no provision, and of which it has no comprehension.
Ouida was the pseudonym of the English novelist, Maria Louise Ramé. She wrote more than 40 novels, including Under Two Flags, children’s books, including A Dog of Flanders, and collections of short stories and essays. She was an animal lover, and owned up to 30 dogs.
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