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CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE
American author and lawyer
(1820 - 1904)
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Care, admitted as guest, quickly turns to be master.
      - [Care]

Character is very much a matter of health.
      - [Character]

Cheerfulness is an offshoot of goodness and of wisdom.
      - [Cheerfulness]

Common sense, alas in spite of our educational institutions, is a rare commodity.
      - [Common Sense]

Complaint is. more contemptible than pitiful.
      - [Complaining]

Constant companionship is not enjoyable, any more than constant eating. We sit too long at the table of friendship, when we outsit our appetites for each other's thoughts.
      - [Associates]

Contentment is not happiness. An oyster may be contented. Happiness is compounded of richer elements.
      - [Contentment]

Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave. For cowards the road of desertion should be left open. They will carry over to the enemy nothing but their fears. The poltroon, like the scabbard, is an encumbrance when once the sword is drawn.
      - [Courage]

Difficulties, by bracing the mind to overcome them, assist cheerfulness, as exercise assists digestion.
      - [Difficulties]

Dignity of position adds to dignity of character, as well as to dignity of carriage. Give us a proud position, and we are impelled to act up to it.
      - [Dignity]

Discretion is the salt, and fancy the sugar of life; the one preserves, the other sweetens it.
      - [Discretion]

Dishonesty is a forsaking of permanent for temporary advantages.
      - [Dishonesty]

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
      - [Doubt]

Earnestness is the cause of patience; it gives endurance, overcomes pain, strengthens weakness, braves dangers, sustains hope, makes light of difficulties, and lessens the sense of weariness in overcoming them.
      - [Earnestness]

Earnestness is the devotion of all the faculties.
      - [Earnestness]

Economy is for the poor; the rich may dispense with it.
      - [Frugality]

Even when we fancy we have grown wiser, it is only, it may be, that new prejudices have displaced old ones.
      - [Prejudice]

Every war involves a greater or less relapse into barbarism. Was, indeed, in its details, is the essence of inhumanity. It dehumanizes. It may save the state, but it destroys the citizen.
      - [War]

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.
      - [Example]

Excessive sensibility is only another name for morbid self-consciousness.
      - [Sensibility]

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.
      - [Friendship]

Few minds wear out; more rust out.
      - [Mind]

For cowards the road of desertion should be left open. They will carry over to the enemy nothing but their fears.
      - [Cowards]

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.
      - [Business]

Fortune, like a coy mistress, loves to yield her favors, though she makes us wrest them from her.
      - [Fortune]


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