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CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE
American author and lawyer
(1820 - 1904)
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Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.
      - [Grief]

Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed with them.
      - [Tears]

That is a treacherous friend whom you must always be on your guard. Such a friend is wine.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

The activity of the young is like that of rail cars 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. Time's best gift to us is serenity.
      - [Action]

The beauty seen is partly in him who sees it.
      - [Beauty]

The best evidence of merit is a cordial recognition of it whenever and wherever it may be found.
      - [Merit]

The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.
      - [Sensuality]

The busiest of living agents are certain dead men's thoughts.
      - [Thought]

The cheerful live longest in life, and after it, in our regards. Cheerfulness is, the offshot of goodness.
      - [Cheerfulness]

The extent of poverty in the world is much exaggerated. Our sensitiveness makes half our poverty; our fears--anxieties for ills that never happen--a greater part of the other half.
      - [Poverty]

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.
      - [Honesty]

The full heart knows no rhetoric of words.
      - [Heart]

The great artist is the slave of his ideal.
      - [Art]

The greatest events of an age are its best thoughts. It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.
      - [Thought]

The heart contracts as the pocket expands.
      - [Riches]

The heart that is to be filled to the brim with holy joy must be held still.
      - [Repose]

The highest excellence is seldom attained in more than one vocation. The roads leading to distinction in separate pursuits diverge, and the nearer we approach the one, the farther we recede from the other.
      - [Vocations]

The knowledge beyond all other knowledge is the knowledge how to excuse.
      - [Toleration]

The language denotes the man. A coarse or refined character finds its expression naturally in a coarse or refined phraseology.
      - [Language]

The language of the heart--the language which "comes from the heart" and "goes to the heart"--is always simple, always graceful, and always full of power, but no art of rhetoric can teach it. It is at once the easiest and most difficult language--difficult, since it needs a heart to speak it; easy, because its periods though rounded and full of harmony, are still unstudied.
      - [Oratory]

The life even of a just man is a round of petty frauds; that of a knave a series of greater. We degrade life by our follies and vices, and then complain that the unhappiness which is only their accompaniment is inherent in the constitution of things.
      - [Deceit]

The light in the world comes principally from two sources,--the sun, and the student's lamp.
      - [Light]

The lively and mercurial are as open books, with the leaves turned down at the notable passages. Their souls sit at the windows of their eyes, seeing and to be seen.
      - [Levity]

The loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt.
      - [Affliction]

The loveliest faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.
      - [Face]


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