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John Frederick Boyes Quotes

English essayist
(1811 - 1879)


Distinguished birth is like a cipher: it has no power in itself like wealth, or talent, or personal excellence, but it tells, with all the power of a cipher, which added to either of the others.

If, in instructing a child, you are vexed with it for want of adroitness, try, if you have never tried before, to write with your left hand, and then remember that a child is all left hand.

It would be a great advantage to some schoolmasters if they would steal two hours a day from their pupils, and give their own minds the benefit of the robbery.

Perfectly truthful men of vivid imagination and great force of sentiment often feel so warmly, and express themselves so strongly, as to give what they say a disagreeable air of exaggeration and almost of falsehood.

Strict punctuality is, perhaps, the cheapest virtue which can give force to an otherwise utterly insignificant character.

The tendency of old age to the body, say the physiologists, is to form bone. - It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet with an old man whose opinions are not ossified.

Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat.

Where we find echoes we generally find emptiness and hollowness; it is the contrary with the echoes of the heart.