Ouida Quotes


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

The art of pleasing is more based on the art of seeming pleased than people think of and she disarmed the prejudices of her enemies by the unaffected delight she appeared to take in themselves.

Scandals are like dandelion seeds--they are arrow-headed and stick where they fall and bring forth and multiply fourfold.

The scorn of genius is the most arrogant and the most boundless of all scorn.

It is a kind of blindness--poverty. We can only grope through life when we are poor hitting and maiming ourselves against every angle.

nothing is so pleasant ... as to display your worldly wisdom in epigram and dissertation but it is a trifle tedious to hear another person display theirs.

There is a self-evident axiom that she who is born a beauty is half married.

When passion and habit long lie in company it is only slowly and with incredulity that habit awakens to finds its companion fled itself alone.

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.

Death! It is rest to the aged it is oblivion to the atheist it is immortality to the poet!

Friendship is such an elastic word. There never was an age when it stood for so many things in private and was yet so absolutely non-existent in fact.

age is nothing but death that is conscious.

Why is youth so short and age so long?

One must pray first but afterwards one must help oneself. God does not care for cowards. --"Wanda

Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.

When you talk yourself you think how witty how original how acute you are; but when another does so you are very apt to think only - What a crib from Rochefoucauld!

Great men always have dogs.

Great men have always had dogs.

Friendship needs to be rooted in respect but love can live upon itself alone

Dissimulation is the only thing that makes society possible; without its amenities the world would be a bear-garden.

A great love is an absolute isolation and an absolute absorption.

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

Music is not a science any more than poetry is. It is a sublime instinct like genius of all kinds.

I do not wish to be a coward like the father of mankind and throw the blame upon a woman.

There is no knife that cuts so sharply and with such poisoned blade as treachery.

you have not a boat of your own that is just it; that is what women always suffer from; they have to steer but the craft is some one else's and the haul too.

Brussels is a gay little city that lies as bright within its girdle of woodland as any butterfly that rests upon moss.

When one has not father or mother or brother and all one's friends have barely bread enough for themselves life cannot be very easy nor its crusts very many at any time.

The radical defect in Christianity is that it tried to win the world by a bribe and it has become a nullity.

The heart of silver falls ever into the hands of brass. The sensitive herb is eaten as grass by the swine.

Indifference is the invisible giant of the world.

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

Dishonor is like the Aaron's Beard in the hedgerows; it can only poison if it be plucked.

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

Petty laws breed great crimes.

A little scandal is an excellent thing; nobody is ever brighter or happier of tongue than when he is making mischief of his neighbors.

Belief of some sort is the lifeblood of Art.

A just chastisement may benefit a man though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

It is quite easy for stupid people to be happy; they believe in fables and they trot on in a beaten track like a horse on a tramway.

It is hard work to be good when you are very little and very hungry and have many sticks to beat you and no mother's lips to kiss you.

It is only to those who have never lived that death ever can seems beautiful.

Excess always carries it's own retributions.

Excess always carries its own retribution.

Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan.

Talent wears well genius wears itself out; talent drives a snug brougham in fact; genius a sun-chariot in fancy.

Charity is a flower not naturally of earthly growth and it needs manuring with a promise of profit.

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

A new life is innocent like an empty page ready for the hard lessons ahead. GENNITA LOW Facing Fear To vice innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.

There is a chord in every heart that has a sigh in it if touched aright.

Christianity is a formula: it is nothing more.

Christianity has ever been the enemy of human love.

I have know a thousand scamps; but I never met one who considered himself so. Self-knowledge isn't so common.

We only see clearly when we have reached the depths of woe.

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.

An easy-going husband is the one indispensable comfort of life.

I have met 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. --"Wanda

Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others.

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

Count art by gold and it fetters the feet it once winged.

Charity in various guises is an intruder the poor see often; but courtesy and delicacy are visitants with which they are seldom honored.

Coleridge cried; "O God how glorious it is to live!" Renan asks "O God when will it be worth while to live?" In Nature we echo the poet; in the world we echo the thinker.

Most crimes are sanctioned in some form or other when they take grand names.

Imagination without culture is crippled and moves slowly; but it can be pure imagination and rich also as folk-lore will tell the vainest.

Love is cruel as the grave.

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

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

I only care for the subjective life; I am very German you see: The woods interest me and the world does not.

Humiliation is a guest that only comes to those who have made ready his resting-place and will give him a fair welcome. ... no one can disgrace you save yourself.

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.

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

Who has passed by the fates of disillusion has died twice.

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

I have known men who have been sold and bought a hundred times who have only got very fat and very comfortable in the process of exchange.

Fame nowadays is little else but notoriety ...

Genius cannot escape the taint of its time more than a child the influence of its begetting.

The song that we hear with our ears is only the song that is sung in our hearts.

What we love once we love forever. Shall there be joy in heaven over those who repent yet no forgiveness for them upon earth? --"Wanda

Youth without faith is a day without sun.

Could we see when and where we are to meet again we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.

Fancy tortures more people than does reality

The fire of true enthusiasm is like the fires of Baku which no water can ever quench and which burn steadily on from night to day and year to year because their well-spring is eternal.

Opposition to a man in love is like oil to fire.

Indifference is the invincible grant of the world.

No great talker ever did any great thing yet in this world.

Histories in blazonry and poems in stone.

Honor is an old-world thing; but it smells sweet to those in whose hand it is strong.

Fame has only the span of the day they say. But to live in the hearts of people-that is worth something.

Men are always optimists when they look inwards and pessimists when they look round them.

The loss of our illusions is the only loss from which we never recover.

The world never leaves one in ignorance or in peace.

It is the north wind that lashes men into Vikings; it is the soft luscious south wind which lulls them to lotus dreams.

A pipe is a pocket philosopher --a truer one than Socrates for it never asks questions. Socrates must have been very tiresome when one thinks of it.

There is nothing that you may not get people to believe in if you will only tell it them loud enough and often enough till the welkin rings with it.

for what is the gift of the poet and the artist except to see the sights which others cannot see and to hear the sounds that others cannot hear?