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Christian Nestell Bovee (born New York City, NY, USA - February 22, 1820) was a mid-19th century author. He is best known for his works Thoughts, Feelings, and Fancies (New York, 1857), and Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (Boston, 1862) which have gained prominence as a source for quotations such as the following:


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

As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue. Bovee was also a founding member of the Athenaeum Club in New York and was a regent of the Long Island College Hospital
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