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Christian Nestell Bovee (1820 – 1904)


Epigrammatic New York writer.
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.
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The language denotes the man. A coarse or refined character finds its expression naturally in a coarse or refined phraseology.
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There is nothing," says a correspondent of the New York Times, "which the business world discards as unpractical and useless so much as the quiet, thinking scholar. But this is the man who makes revolutions. Politicians are mere puppets in the hands of men of thought.




The light in the world comes principally from two sources,—the sun, and the student's lamp.
Bovee Christian Nestell
Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and insensibly approximate to the characters we most admire. In this way, a generous habit of thought and of action carries with it an incalculable influence.
Loose ideas on the subject of business will not answer. It must be reduced to something of a science. It has its principles, upon a knowledge and an application of which, success in it mainly depends.
Christian Nestell Bovee
The great obstacle to progress is prejudice.
He has but one great fear that fears to do wrong.
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The scope of an intellect is not to be measured with a tape-string, or a character deciphered from the shape or length of a nose.
Bovee Christian Nestell
There is probably no hell for authors in the next world — they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.
Christian Nestell Bovee
At all events, the next best thing to being witty one's self, is to be able to quote another's wit.




Four sweet lips, two pure souls, and one undying affection,—these are love's pretty ingredients for a kiss.
Christian Nestell Bovee
Melancholy sees the worst of things,—things as they may be, and not as they are. It looks upon a beautiful face, and sees but a grinning skull.
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Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was a business; but now, when great fortunes are only made by business, business is war.
Bovee Christian Nestell
The first step toward greatness is to be honest, says the proverb; but the proverb fails to state the case strong enough. Honesty is not only "the first step toward greatness," — it is greatness itself.
Loss of sincerity is loss of vital power.
Christian Nestell Bovee
There is, indeed, no wild beast more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate.
What a man knows should find its expression in what he does. The value of superior knowledge is chiefly in that it leads to a performing manhood.
Christian Nestell Bovee
It is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not.
Bovee Christian Nestell
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.


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