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John Frederick Boyes Quotes


English essayist
(1811 - 1879)


[Teaching]
 

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.
[Ancestry]
 

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.
[Teaching]
 

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.
[Teaching]
 

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.
[Exaggeration]
 

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

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.
[Age]
 

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

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