About Christian Nestell Bovee:
Christian Nestell Bovee was an epigrammatic New York writer.
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.
Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.
We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.
When all else is lost, the future still remains.
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.
A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
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.
We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.
Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.
The great artist is a slave to his ideals.
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.
Our first and last love is self-love.
The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.
Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.