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Christian Bovee Quotes


U.S. author and lawyer.
(1820 - 1904)

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A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
[Failure]
 

A good thought is a great boon for which God is first to be thanked; next, he who is the first to utter it; and then in a lesser but still a considerable degree, the friend who is the first to quote it to us.
[Quotations]
 

A mother's love is indeed the golden link that binds youth to age; and he is still but a child, however time may have furrowed his cheek, or silvered his brow, who can yet recall, with a softened heart, the fond devotion, or the gentle chidings, of the best friend that God ever gives us.
[Mother]
 

A panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
 

A profusion of fancies and quotations is out of place in a love-letter. - True feeling is always direct, and never deviates into by-ways to cull flowers of rhetoric.
 

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it.
 

Active natures are rarely melancholy. Activity and sadness are incompatible.
[Action]
 

Address makes opportunities; the want of it gives them.
 

Adhesion to one idea is monomania; to a few it is slavery.
 

An eager pursuit of fortune is inconsistent with a severe devotion to truth. The heart must grow tranquil before the thought can become searching.
[Riches]
 

As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
 

At the best, sarcasms, bitter irony, scathing wit, are a sort of sword-play of the mind. You pink your adversary, and he is forthwith dead; and then you deserve to be hung for it.
 

Bad manners are a species of bad morals; a conscientious man will not offend in that way.
[Manners]
 

Bad taste is a species of bad morals.
[Taste]
 

Books are embalmed minds.
[Books]
 

Books only partially represent their authors; the writer is always greater than his work.
[Literature]
 

Care admitted as a guest, quickly turns to be master.
[Care]
 

Contentment is not happiness. An oyster may be contented. Happiness is compounded of richer elements.
[Happiness]
 

Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
 

Dignity of position adds to dignity of character, as well as to dignity of carriage. - Give us a proud position, and we are impelled to act up to it.
 


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