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CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE
American author and lawyer
(1820 - 1904)
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Nature has provided for the exigency of privation, by putting the measure of our necessities far below the measure of our wants. Our necessities are to our wants as Falstaff's pennyworth of bread to his any quantity of sack.
      - [Want]

Neither love nor ambition, as it has often been shown, can brook a division of its empire in the heart.
      - [Ambition]

Next to being witty yourself, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.
      - [Wit]

Next to faith in God, is faith in labor.
      - [Labor]

Next to God, we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth having.
      - [Women]

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
      - [Delusion]

No single character is ever so great that a nation can afford to form itself upon it. Imitation belittles. This appears in the instance of the Chinese. The Chinese are so many Confucii; in miniature. And so with the Jews. Moses, the lawgiver, is poorly represented by Moses, the old clothesman ; or even by Dives, the hanker.
      - [Imitation]

None but those who have loved can be supposed to understand the oratory of the eye, the mute eloquence of a look, or the conversational powers of the face. Love's sweetest meanings are unspoken; the full heart knows no rhetoric of words, and resorts to the pantomime of sighs and glances.
      - [Eyes]

One who is contented with what he has done will never become famous for what he will do. He has lain down to die. The grass is already growing over him.
      - [Contentment]

Our first and last love is--self-love.
      - [Love]

Partial culture runs to the ornate; extreme culture to simplicity.
      - [Culture]

Passion looks not beyond the moment of its existence. Better, it says, the kisses of love to day, than the felicities of heaven afar off.
      - [Passion]

Patience is only one faculty; earnestness the devotion of all the faculties. 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]

Poverty is only contemptible when it is felt to be so. Doubtless the best way to make our poverty respectable is to seem never to feel it as an evil.
      - [Poverty]

Pride is like the beautiful acacia, that lifts its head proudly above its neighbor plants--forgetting that it too, like them, has its roots in the dirt.
      - [Pride]

Pure motives do not insure perfect results.
      - [Motive]

Qualities not regulated run into their opposites. Economy before competence is meanness after it. Therefore economy is for the poor; the rich may dispense with it.
      - [Economy]

Rejecting the miracles of Christ, we still have the miracle of Christ Himself.
      - [Christ]

Repose without stagnation is the state most favorable to happiness. "The great felicity of life," says Seneca, "is to be without perturbations."
      - [Repose]

Self-distrust is the cause of most of our failures. In the assurance of strength there is strength, and they are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their powers.
      - [Distrust]

Silence, when nothing need be said, is the eloquence of discretion.
      - [Silence]

Some one called Sir Richard Steele the "vilest of mankind," and he retorted with proud humility, "It would be a glorious world if I were."
      - [Humility]

Something of a person's character may be discovered by observing when and how he smiles. Some people never smile; they merely grin.
      - [Smiles]

Successful love takes a load off our hearts, and puts it upon our shoulders.
      - [Love]

Successful minds work like a gimlet,--to a single point.
      - [Success]


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