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American author (1820-1904)

It is in vain that he seeks dominion abroad, who is not kingly at home.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

This mind of ours, like the earth beneath our feet, teems with exhaustless riches. The conditions of development only are needed.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

It is some compensation for great evils that they enforce great lessons.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

The very cunning conceal their cunning; the indifferently shrewd boast of it.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Beauty, when it first discloses the mellowing touches of age, affects us painfully. It is like the tints of sunset, or the beauty of autumn--a melancholy beauty--beauty in decline--upon which we cannot gaze without a feeling of sadness--of sadness that it is passing away.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Practically all knowledge resolves itself into four forms: the knowledge of what to do, how to do, and when to do, and of what not to do.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Ambitious princes value inherited kingdoms not so much as conquered provinces.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Like the withered roses of a once gay garland, the feelings of youth command in age a melancholy interest.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Beauty can afford to laugh at distinctions: it is itself the greatest distinction.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

The genial optimist who praises much scatters flowers in our way. Grant that he over-praises, or that he applauds where he might condemn, still he makes--no mean result--the world to appear better than it is. A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

A man cannot paint portraits till he has seen faces.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

It is invidious to distinguish particular men as adventurers: we are all such.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

If it is a distinction to have written a good book, it is also a disgrace to have written a bad one.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Beauty has the more ardent, but worth the more discriminating lovers.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

There are some things best contemplated in silence. Their proportions are so vast that speech cannot get around them.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

There is probably no hell for authors in the next world--they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Competition, which is said to be "the life of trade," when pushed too far, is no less the death of it--and of the soul.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Business is but a means. To forget this, and to live for it and in it, as an end, is a cardinal and pernicious mistake, to which much of the want of elevation in the mercantile character is to be ascribed.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

The activity of the young is like that of railcars in motion--they tear along with noise and turmoil, and leave peace behind them. The quietest nooks, invaded by them, lose their quietude as they pass, and recover it only on their departure.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Large natures have usually large desires, and only the small are satisfied with the small.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

When we have the means to pay for what we desire, what we get is not so much what is best, as what is costliest.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

In art there are two principal schools between which each aspirant has to choose--one distinguished by its close adherence to nature, and the other by its strenuous efforts to get above it.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

A book ... should resemble a tranquil lake, in whose glassy surface the varied wonders of the earth and sky are faithfully imaged.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

It is so natural for us to consider our presence as indispensable in the world, so long as we have much to do in it, that the wisdom of retiring wholly from employments in advanced life may be questioned. Certainly, he who does so is in danger of finding, before long, that he has only given up the occupation to which he has been accustomed, for the new business of calculating the period of his decease.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Men were created for something better than merely to make money. A close application to business, until a competence is gained, is one of the chief virtues; but to continue in trade long after this result is obtained, is one of the signs, not to be mistaken, of a sordid and ignoble nature.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

The beauty of a woman transcends all other forms of beauty, as well in the sweetness of its suggestions, as in the fervor of the admiration it awakens. The beauty of a lovely woman is an inspiration, a sweet delirium, a gentle madness. Her looks are love-potions. Heaven itself is never so clearly revealed to us as in the face of a beautiful woman.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

An ambition to excel in petty things obstructs the progress to nobler aims.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

We serve the devil in our youth, God in our old age--thinking if we journey towards hell while our limbs are sound, we can turn when they fail us, and get to heaven on crutches.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Excellence in art is largely the result of attention to minutiae, and--prayer.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Youth is the season of receptivity, and should be devoted to acquirement; and manhood of power--that demands an earnest application. Old age is for revision.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

The more common method of getting rid of an evil, is to merge it in a greater. Thus, if one suffers a loss of half his fortune at play, he overcomes his mortification by--losing the other half. The most ingenious expedient of this kind, was that of the indigent gentleman of rank, who married his washerwoman to get rid of her bill against him.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Books are embalmed minds. They make the great of other days our present teachers.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Few minds wear out; more rust out.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Ambition, in one respect, is like a singer's voice; pitched at too high a key, it breaks and comes to nothing.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

It is indeed a misfortune for a woman to be without beauty, as with men the eye is the chief arbiter of qualities in the sex. Her beauty is her capital--her worth in the market matrimonial depends upon it. With her the Virtues are less reverenced when unaccompanied by the Graces. The sex understand this very well; and hence they seek mainly to make captive the eye, knowing the mind and heart will follow as a matter of course.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Age, that acquaints us with infirmities in ourselves, should make us tender in our reprehension of weakness elsewhere.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought


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