Christian Nestell Bovee Quotes

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.

Language was given us that we might say pleasant things to each other.

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.

Imitation belittles.

Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.

A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.

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

There is no tyrant like custom, and no freedom where its edicts are not resisted.

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.