Quotes by Christian Nestell Bovee


When all else is lost, the future still remains.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork - reading, writing, thinking-can.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
Earth took her shining station as a star, In Heaven's dark hall, high up the crowd of worlds.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
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
Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
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
Heaven lent you a soul Earth will lend a grave.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
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
In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
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
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