Quotes by Christian Nevell Bovee

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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.

Hope is the best part of our riches.
Our first and last love is... self-love.
A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
Six traits of effective leaders: 1. Make others feel important 2. Promote a vision 3. Follow the golden rule 4. Admit mistakes 5. Criticize others only in private 6. Stay close to the action Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.
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.
There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.
Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.
Dishonest people conceal their faults from themselves as well as others, honest people know and confess them.
A book should be luminous not voluminous.
A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
The beauty seen, is partly in him who sees it.
We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.
When all else is lost, the future still remains.
Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was business; but now when great fortunes are only made by business: Business is war!
Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites.
Passion doesn't look beyond the moment of its existence.
Something of a person's character may be observed by how they smile. Some never smile they only grin.
Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.
Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.
Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and understand.
Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.
Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
It is our relation to circumstances that determine their influence over us. The same wind that blows one ship into port may blow another off shore.
Youth is too tumultuous for felicity; old age too insecure for happiness. The period most favorable to enjoyment, in a vigorous, fortunate, and generous life, is that between forty and sixty.
The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.
Next to being witty yourself, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.
The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.
Bad taste is a species of bad morals.
It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.
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.
Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
For cowards the road of desertion should be left open; they will carry over to the enemy nothing, but their fears.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
If one is not virtuous he becomes vicious.
The highest virtue found in the tropics is chastity, and in the colder regions, temperance.
The busiest of living agents are certain dead men's thoughts.
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.
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.
Partial culture runs to the ornate, extreme culture to 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.
The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
What we call conscience in many instances, is only a wholesome fear of the law.
Self-distrust is the cause of most of our failure. In the assurance of strength there is strength, and, they are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their powers.
Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity.
The cheerful live longest in years, and afterwards in our regards. Cheerfulness is the off-shoot of goodness.
Every trait of beauty may be referred to some virtue, as to innocence, candor, generosity, modesty, or heroism. St. Pierre To cultivate the sense of the beautiful, is one of the most effectual ways of cultivating an appreciation of the divine goodness.
The great artist is a slave to his ideals.
Wine is a treacherous friend who you must always be on guard for.

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