Our first and last love is self-love.— Christian Nestell Bovee
The most unpopular Christian Nestell Bovee quotes that are guaranted to improve your brain
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.
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.
The opinions of the misanthropical rest upon this very partial basis, that they adopt the bad faith of a few as evidence of the worthlessness of all.
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.
Excessive sensibility is only another name for morbid self-consciousness.
Heaven lent you a soul, Earth will lend a grave.
Six traits of effective leaders: 1. Make others feel important 2. Promote a vision 3. Follow the golden rule 4. Admit mistakes 5. Criticize others only in private 6. Stay close to the action Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
There are some weaknesses that are peculiar and distinctive to generous characters, as freckles are to a fair skin.
Dishonest people conceal their faults from themselves as well as others, honest people know and confess them.
Four sweet lips, two pure souls, and one undying affection, - these are love's pretty ingredients for a kiss.
A mother is the best friend God ever gave.
There is no sense of weariness like that which closes in a day of eager and unintermittent pursuit of pleasure. The apple is eaten, but "the core sticks in the throat." Expectation has then given way to ennui, appetite to satiety.
Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources.
Honesty is not only "the first step toward greatness," - it is greatness itself.
Earth took her shining station as a star, In Heaven's dark hall, high up the crowd of worlds.
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.
Weakness ineffectually seeks to disguise itself,--like a drunken man trying to show how sober he is.
Few minds wear out; more rust out.
Motives are better than actions. Men drift into crime. Of evil they do more than they contemplate, and of good they contemplate more than they do.
There is probably no hell for authors in the next world - they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.
Living with a saint is more grueling than being one.
Vanity in an old man is charming. It is a proof of an open, nature. Eighty winters have not frozen him up, or taught him concealments. In a young person it is simply allowable; we do not expect him to be above it.
The worth of a book is a matter of expressed juices.
Galileo called doubt the father of invention; it is certainly the pioneer.
The nearest approximation to an understanding of life is to feel it--to realize it to the full--to be a profound and inscrutable mystery.
The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.
Words, like cannon balls, should go direct to their mark.
Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great.
Great warriors, like great earthquakes, are principally remembered for the mischief they have done.
To vindicate the sanctity of human life by taking it is an outrage upon reason.
The spectacle of a human being dangling at the end of a gallows-rope is a degradation of humanity.
Every war involves a greater or less relapse into barbarism.
War, indeed, in its details, is the essence of inhumanity. It dehumanizes. It may save the state, but it destroys the citizen.
Words of praise, indeed, are almost as necessary to warm a child into a genial life as acts of kindness and affection. Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers.
Too much society makes a man frivolous; too little, a savage.
It is ever the invisible that is the object of our profoundest worship.
With the lover it is not the seen but the unseen that he muses upon.
Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.
The cheerful live longest in years, and afterwards in our regards.
Cheerfulness is the off-shoot of goodness.
Men, like musical instruments, seem made to be played upon.
The very cunning conceal their cunning; the indifferently shrewd boast of it.
Complaint is. more contemptible than pitiful.
The cure for tender sensibilities is to make more of our objects and less of our selves.
There are some kinds of men who cannot pass their time alone;
they are the flails of occupied people.(Bonald, M.} There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate.
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.
Winter is the night of vegetation.
I once asked a distinguished artist what place he gave to labor in art.
"Labor," he in effect said, "is the beginning, the middle, and the end of art." Turning then to another--"And you," I inquired, "what do you consider as the great force in art?" "Love," he replied. In their two answers I found but one truth.
The worst deluded are the self-deluded.
Troubles forereckoned are doubly suffered.
A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it.
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.
Silence, when nothing need be said, is the eloquence of discretion.