About Christian Nestell Bovee:
Christian Nestell Bovee was an epigrammatic New York writer.
When all else is lost, the future still remains.
Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.
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.
A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
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.
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.
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.
The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
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.
Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
Heaven lent you a soul, Earth will lend a grave.
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.