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Christian Nestell Bovee
1820 - 1904
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

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


Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.


We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.


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.


The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.


We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.


Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.


Heaven lent you a soul, Earth will lend a grave.


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.


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


Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.


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.


Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity.


Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.


Wine is a treacherous friend who you must always be on guard for.


Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.


They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.


Our first and last love is self-love.


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.


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