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

Two Little Wooden Shoes (1874).

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Petty laws breed great crimes.

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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.

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

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