Quotations by Christian Nestell Bovee

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Born: Sunday, December 31, 1899
Profession: Author
Nationality: American


A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Determination, Failure, Succeed)

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Mistake, Discretion, Sound)

As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Virtue, Affliction)

Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Courage, Cowardice)

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Doubt, Will)

Earth took her shining station as a star, In Heaven's dark hall, high up the crowd of worlds.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Earth, Heaven)

Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Inspiration, Enthusiasm, Man)

Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Example, Followers, Reason)

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Friends, Shadow)

Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Truth, Fame, Words)

Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Talent, Genius)

Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Men, Fear, Wrong)

Heaven lent you a soul, Earth will lend a grave.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Soul, Earth, Grave, Heaven, Lent, Will)

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Love, Successful, Ambition, Merit)

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Politics, Being, Merit)

It is ever the invisible that is the object of our profoundest worship. With the lover it is not the seen but the unseen that he muses upon.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Worship)

It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Kiss, Affection, Passion, Sweetness)

Living with a saint is more grueling than being one.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Being, Living)

Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Children)

Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Music, Food, Clothes, First, Want)

Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Being, Wit, Witty)

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Happiness, Delusion, Man)

Our first and last love is self-love.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Love, First, Self)

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Imagination, Enemy)

Partial culture runs to the ornate, extreme culture to simplicity.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Culture, Extreme, Simplicity)

Sensitiveness is closely allied to egotism; and excessive sensibility is only another name for morbid self-consciousness. The cure for tender sensibilities is to make more of our objects and less of our selves.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Cure, Egotism, Name, Self, Sensibility)

Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Grief)

Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Nature, Being, Eyes, Tears)

The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Soul, Body)

The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Men, Development, Law, Laws)

The great artist is a slave to his ideals.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Artist, Ideals)

The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Excess, Fire)

The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Life)

There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Beauty, Life, Fear, Anxiety)

They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Faith)

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Burden)

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Fear, Ignorance)

We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Man, Past)

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Nature, Limits, Trifle)

When all else is lost, the future still remains.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Future)

Wine is a treacherous friend who you must always be on guard for.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Friend, Wine)







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