Quotes and Sayings about Temper



"Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Nature, Human nature, Inconsistency, Temper, Weakness)

"We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Inferiority, Temper)

"Don't you know this, that words are doctors to a diseased temperment?"
- Aeschylus
(Related: Doctors, Words)

"There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly."
- Antisthenes
(Related: Truth, People, Friend, Enemy, Temper)

"Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Mind, Passion, Temperance)

"Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures."
- Aristotle
(Related: Temperance)

"We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action."
- Aristotle
(Related: Action, Actions)

"Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts."
- Aristotle
(Related: Habit, Excellence, Result)

"My Latin temper blows up pretty fast, but it goes down just as fast. Maybe that's why you seldom hear of ulcers in Latin America."
- Desi Arnaz
(Related: America, Pretty, Temper)

"Indian religion has always felt that since the minds, the temperaments and the intellectual affinities of men are unlimited in their variety, a perfect liberty of thought and of worship must be allowed to the individual in his approach to the Infinite."
- Sri Aurobindo
(Related: Men, Religion, Thought, Infinite, Liberty, Variety, Worship)

"Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Destiny, Old, Temper, Woman)

"It came to me then in a flash that obviously the temperature of the water was responsible for the nystagmus."
- Robert Barany
(Related: Water)

"Temper is a weapon that we hold by the blade."
- James M. Barrie
(Related: Temper)

"Even private persons in due season, with discretion and temper, may reprove others, whom they observe to commit sin, or follow bad courses, out of charitable design, and with hope to reclaim them."
- Isaac Barrow
(Related: Design, Hope, Discretion, May, Sin, Temper)

"If you are a novelist of a certain type of temperament, then what you really want to do is re-invent the world. God wasn't too bad a novelist, except he was a Realist."
- John Barth
(Related: God, Temperament, Want, World)

"As the war on terrorism spreads and prolongs, the fruits of ending the threat of terrorism around the world will be tempered with a whole new series of problems to be addressed and resolved."
- Charles Foster Bass
(Related: War, Ending, Problems, Terrorism, Will, World)

"To be a good actor... it is necessary to have a firmly tempered soul, to be surprised at nothing, to resume each minute the laborious task that has barely just been finished."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Soul, Actor, Nothing)

"I had now arrived at my seventeenth year, and had attained my full height, a fraction over six feet. I was well endowed with youthful energy, and was of an extremely sanguine temperament."
- Henry Bessemer
(Related: Energy, Feet, Now, Temperament)

"Enthusiasm - a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Experience, Enthusiasm, Connection, Repentance, Youth)

"There is not in nature, a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger."
- Alan Bleasdale
(Related: Anger, Nature, Man)

"When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching."
- Robert Bly
(Related: Home, Father, Children, Day, Teaching, Temperament)

"I don't lose my temper often; about once every twenty years perhaps."
- Dirk Bogarde
(Related: Temper, Years)

"Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart."
- Corrie Ten Boom
(Related: Forgiveness, Heart, Act, Will)

"I am told that I had a bad temper, and remember being banished to the back hall until civility returned."
- Paul D. Boyer
(Related: Being, Temper)

"We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself."
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Related: Arguments, Man, Temper)

"It is the gift of seeing the life around them clearly and vividly, as something that is exciting in its own right. It is an innate gift, varying in intensity with the individual's temperament and environment."
- Bill Brandt
(Related: Life, Environment, Right, Temperament)

"The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
- Anthony Burgess
(Related: Mistake, Common sense, Country, Needs, Temper)

"A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: People, Innovation, Posterity, Result, Spirit, Temper, Will)

"It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Men, Principles, Prosperity, Temper)

"That's one of the great advantages of age. You can say, I don't want to, I don't care, you can throw temper tantrums, and nobody minds."
- James Lee Burke
(Related: Age, Care, Temper, Want)

"I neither drink nor smoke, because my schoolmaster impressed upon me three cardinal virtues; cleanliness in person, cleanliness in mind; temperance."
- John Burns
(Related: Cleanliness, Mind, Temperance)

"Remember likewise there are persons who love fewer words, an inoffensive sort of people, and who deserve some regard, though of too still and composed tempers for you."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Love, People, Words)

"It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy - but he who has shown the better temper."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Controversy, Temper)

"We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Arguments, Man, Temper)

"The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Family, Religion, Health, Money, Christian, Chastity, Temper, Want)

"The moment you say, 'Please, give me a reason for this', then you are being impossible and temperamental."
- Montserrat Caballe
(Related: Being, Reason)

"The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall."
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: Arrogance, Rome)

"Some people, however long their experience or strong their intellect, are temperamentally incapable of reaching firm decisions."
- James Callaghan
(Related: Experience, People, Decisions, Intellect)

"The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Talent, Heart, Intellect, Temperament)

"As winter weather settles in around the country, millions of American families are facing skyrocketing home heating prices with even greater impact if cold temperatures persist into the spring."
- Russ Carnahan
(Related: Home, American, Country, Spring, Weather, Winter)

"Heart and head are the constituent parts of character; temperament has almost nothing to do with it, and, therefore, character is dependent upon education, and is susceptible of being corrected and improved."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: Education, Heart, Character, Being, Nothing, Temperament)

"Anger may be kindled in the noblest breasts: but in these slow droppings of an unforgiving temper never takes the shape of consistency of enduring hatred."
- M. Kathleen Casey
(Related: Anger, Consistency, Hatred, May, Temper)

"For Pleasure, Delight, Peace and Felicity live in method and temperance."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Peace, Delight, Pleasure, Temperance)

"It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Sorrow)

"With a painter's temperament, all that's needed are the means of expression sufficient to be intelligible to the wide public."
- Paul Cezanne
(Related: Expression, Public, Temperament)

"If isolation tempers the strong, it is the stumbling-block of the uncertain."
- Paul Cezanne
(Related: Isolation)

"Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all things are necessary branches of the regimen of health."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Health, Perseverance, Climate, Dress, Exercise, Temperance)

"Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Man, Temper)

"Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Disease, Temperament)

"The anger that Uncle Junior has comes from my background. My father was the son of an Italian immigrant, and I've seen the fire of the Italian temperament. It can be explosive sometimes in ways that are both funny and tragic."
- Dominic Chianese
(Related: Anger, Funny, Father, Son, Fire, Temperament)

"It's very important not to lose your temper in a courtroom, or in anything else you're doing."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Temper)

"With the hugely talented women I've worked with or observed, it's not a question about temperament or ego; it's a question about getting it right. If they've got a reputation for being difficult it's usually because they just don't suffer fools."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Women, Being, Ego, Fools, Question, Reputation, Right, Temperament)

"I think the diva is kind of a cliche. My definition of a diva is somebody whose talent does not match what they're trying to play, so all this temperament comes out."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Talent, Play, Temperament, Trying)

"Thus, only in a hopeful and confident temper, in a proud and constructive spirit, will we rescue the present and safeguard the future of our beloved country."
- Bainbridge Colby
(Related: Country, Future, Present, Spirit, Temper, Will)

"Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours."
- Frank Moore Colby
(Related: People)

"We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy."
- Cyril Connolly
(Related: Illusion, Passion, Temperament, Want)

"Few artists can afford artistic temperament."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Artists, Temperament)

"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, Work, Time, Knowledge, Discipline, Ability, Hard work, Maturity, May, Mind, Quantity)

"It's not the case that carbon dioxide drives temperatures. When you leave Ice Ages, it's the other way around: The temperatures go up first, and then carbon dioxide levels go up."
- Piers Corbyn
(Related: First)

"The general trend in the last 4,000 years is that carbon dioxide and temperature have been moving against each other."
- Piers Corbyn
(Related: Years)

"Real rebels are rarely anything but second rate outside their rebellion; the drain of time and temper is ruinous to any other accomplishment."
- James Gould Cozzens
(Related: Time, Accomplishment, Rebellion, Temper)

"A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren't so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction?"
- Wes Craven
(Related: Life, Cards, Direction, Temper)

"I do not find the supposed scientific consensus among my colleagues. Curiously, it is a feature of man-made global warming that every fact confirms it: rising temperatures or decreasing temperatures. No matter what the weather, some model of global warming offers a watertight explanation."
- Javier Cuadros
(Related: Fact, Global warming, Man, Weather)

"At synods, I usually wait about a week before I speak. First I listen. I feel the temperature. I listen to what has been said, what has not been said, and what I think needs to be said at that point."
- Godfried Danneels
(Related: First, Needs)

"To lose your temper is only useful once a year."
- Colin R. Davis
(Related: Temper)

"It has pleased and interested me to see how I could get along under difficult circumstances and with so much discomfort but as I say I was not sent out here to improve my temper or my health or to make me more content with my good things in the East."
- Richard H. Davis
(Related: Health, Circumstances, Content, Temper)

"My guitar is really tempermental. I don't give up on it though, I'm close to my guitar!"
- Iris DeMent
(Related: Guitar)

"Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Credit, Man, May, Spirits, Temper)

"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Heart, Temper)

"It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Eyes, Temper)

"When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Age, Music, Poetry, Excellence, Goodbye, Old, Painting, Superstition, Temperament)

"As the temperature drops, the need for heating oil goes up."
- Christopher Dodd
(Related: Oil)

"Each victim of suicide gives his act a personal stamp which expresses his temperament, the special conditions in which he is involved, and which, consequently, cannot be explained by the social and general causes of the phenomenon."
- Emile Durkheim
(Related: Act, Causes, Suicide, Temperament)

"There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament."
- Henry Van Dyke
(Related: Charm, Temperament)

"I know I lost my temper, but I tried to be human along the way."
- Bernie Ebbers
(Related: Temper)

"Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow so."
- Tryon Edwards
(Related: Age, Men, Health, Old, Temperament, Years)

"I am conservative by temperament. I disapprove of criminal activity. I am very solidly and markedly on the side of authority. The truth is I would rather err on the side of too much authority than too little."
- James Ellroy
(Related: Truth, Authority, Conservative, Temperament)

"As a whole, the managers today are different in temperament. Most have very good communication skills and are more understanding of the umpire's job. That doesn't mean they are better managers. It just means that I perceive today's managers a bit differently."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Communication, Job, Managers, Temperament, Today, Umpire, Understanding)

"It is God's planet - and he's taking care of it. And I don't believe that anything we do will raise or lower the temperature one point."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: God, Care, Will)

"A Harvard Medical School study has determined that rectal thermometers are still the best way to tell a baby's temperature. Plus, it really teaches the baby who's boss."
- Tina Fey
(Related: Medical, Boss, Baby, School, Study)

"It doesn't matter whether you can or cannot achieve high temperature superconductivity or fuel cells, they will always be on the list because if you could achieve them they would be extremely valuable."
- Martin Fleischmann
(Related: Will)

"If you assume that it was a valid experiment, then its disintegration reveals a very substantial part of what has been found since then, including the fact that you can get heat generation at high temperature."
- Martin Fleischmann
(Related: Fact)

"When I started to sing, my mother would have me engaged to perform at the Women's Christian Temperance Union national or annual meetings. I would hate doing this because I wanted to play baseball or go off skiing."
- Maureen Forrester
(Related: Women, Mother, Christian, Baseball, Hate, Meetings, Play, Temperance)

"It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Fate, Fools, Temperament)

"Keep your temper. A decision made in anger is never sound."
- Ford Frick
(Related: Anger, Decision, Sound, Temper)

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Education, Ability, Losing, Self, Temper)

"Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Experience, Creation, Garden, Insult, Taste, Temperance, Wickedness)

"My co-workers expect me to be late and temperamental."
- Eva Gabor
"The throttles could only move very, very slowly, always watching the temperature, always watching. And even in throttling back, you could bust it, even being very careful."
- Adolf Galland
(Related: Being)

"There are a range of associated impacts related to increasing temperatures which affect both evaporation rates and river systems, which are already over stressed, and these will hit farming communities and the health of crop lands."
- Peter Garrett
(Related: Health, Will)

"To have a liberal temperament is a kind of psychological boon, To be able to understand that someone you disagree with is not just a terrible creature but somebody with whom you disagree."
- Peter Gay
(Related: Liberal, Temperament)

"Whether we like it or not, men and women are not the same in nature, temperament, emotions and emotional responses."
- Paul Getty
(Related: Men, Women, Nature, Emotions, Temperament)

"Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Truth, Exaggeration, Temper)

"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear."
- William E. Gladstone
(Related: Trust, People, Fear, Conservatism, Distrust, Liberalism, Prudence)

"Every day of my life I walk with the idea that I am black, no matter how successful I am. And our success is tempered by that; you're successful in this way given the fact you are black, and most blacks don't get to that point."
- Danny Glover
(Related: Life, Success, Idea, Successful, Day, Fact)

"The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea."
- Jean-Luc Godard
(Related: Truth, Idea, Terror)

"Abandoning the project was incredibly stressful after having gone through the process of building the room, installing the kiln, collecting the stones, sitting with the kiln day and night as it came to temperature, experiencing the failures."
- Andy Goldsworthy
(Related: Building, Day, Night, Project)

"One does not allow the plumbers to decide the temperature, depth and timing of a bath."
- Jack Gould
"Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Temper, Will, Wrong)

"It's never the wrong time to call on Toad. Early or late he's always the same fellow. Always good-tempered, always glad to see you, always sorry when you go!"
- Kenneth Grahame
(Related: Time, Wrong)

"Our present nuclear fusion reactors are classified by the methods used to support the nuclear fusion reaction, which takes place at a temperature much hotter than the surface of the Sun."
- Wilson Greatbatch
(Related: Present, Sun, Support)

"A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity."
- George Grenville
(Related: Government, Dignity, Temper)

"No one connected intimately with a writer has any appreciation of his temperament, except to think him overdoing everything."
- Zane Grey
(Related: Appreciation, Temperament, Writer)

"But, what we need to get out of the first EVA is to have the arm completely unfolded and powered so that they can keep the temperature under control. That will really the call of the first EVA."
- Umberto Guidoni
(Related: Control, First, Will)

"In course of time, religion came with its rites invoking the aid of good spirits which were even more powerful than the bad spirits, and thus for the time being tempered the agony of fears."
- Paul Harris
(Related: Religion, Time, Being, Spirits)

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."
- Sydney J. Harris
(Related: Time, Regret)

"When I did have a little bit of commercial success, it really didn't suit my temperament at all. I'm a terrible public person."
- Juliana Hatfield
(Related: Success, Public, Temperament)

"Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Temper)

"There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance."
- Arthur Helps
(Related: Beauty, Cosmetics, Humility, Modesty, Purity, Spirit, Temper, Temperance)

"The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire."
- Hermann Hesse
(Related: Comfort, Fire, Liberty, Pleasure)

"I like cats. I used to have a lot of cats, but I don't anymore, now I just have a dog. It does take a certain temperament to have a cat, as they do have certain personalities."
- Jennifer Love Hewitt
(Related: Cats, Now, Temperament)

"Every art expression is rooted fundamentally in the personality and temperament of the artist."
- Hans Hofmann
(Related: Art, Artist, Expression, Personality, Temperament)

"The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do."
- Horace
(Related: Anger, Temper, Will)

"He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance."
- David Hume
(Related: Circumstance, Circumstances, Temper)

"We need to temper the idea that this company has to have some earthshaking event every 15 minutes."
- Mark V. Hurd
(Related: Idea, Company, Temper)

"If they're not temperamental, I don't want them. It's in the nature of a great artist to be that way."
- Sol Hurok
(Related: Nature, Artist, Want)

"A man who dreads trials and difficulties cannot become a revolutionary. If he is to become a revolutionary with an indomitable fighting spirit, he must be tempered in the arduous struggle from his youth. As the saying goes, early training means more than late earning."
- Kim Jong Il
(Related: Difficulties, Fighting, Man, Saying, Spirit, Struggle, Training, Trials, Youth)

"You walk off the plane in Rio, and your blood temperature goes up. The feel of the wind on your face, the water on your skin, the taste of the food, the music, the sexuality; Brazilians are very comfortable in their sexuality."
- Amy Irving
(Related: Food, Music, Blood, Sexuality, Skin, Taste, Water, Wind)

"A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Age, Temper, Tongue)

"Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Age, Temper, Tongue)

"I have a pretty bad temper. But you have to really push me to see it. But everybody has their things."
- Janet Jackson
(Related: Pretty, Temper)

"The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments."
- William James
(Related: History, Philosophy)

"Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout."
- William James
(Related: Facts, Religious, Temper)

"On October 28th, 1887, I became the mother of a girl baby, the very image of its father, at least that is what he said, but who has the temper of its mother."
- Calamity Jane
(Related: Mother, Father, Baby, October, Temper)

"There is no earthly reason why a solo string instrument or voice, having the possibility to play or sing pure intonation, should want, or try, to be tempered."
- Lara St. John
(Related: Possibility, Play, Reason, Voice, Want)

"Let the professors of Christianity recommend their religion by deeds of benevolence - by Christian meekness - by lives of temperance and holiness."
- Richard Mentor Johnson
(Related: Religion, Christian, Christianity, Benevolence, Deeds, Holiness, Temperance)

"The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk."
- Joseph Joubert
(Related: Temper)

"It's hard to be happy when you are facing 120 to 140 degree temperatures and nothing seems to be moving in a direction that you think or they think or you've been told it's supposed to be moving in."
- Janis Karpinski
(Related: Direction, Nothing)

"I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top."
- John Keats
(Related: Temper, Water)

"A drunkard is one thing, and a temperate man is quite another."
- Arthur Keith
(Related: Man)

"You know, so I was a weird eccentric kid but I did believe in the power of the word and of the word being made flesh I suppose, which again I suppose came from my temperament as well as my upbringing."
- Thomas Keneally
(Related: Power, Being, Temperament, Word)

"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Peace, Time, War, Friend, Americans, Word)

"Temperance is essential, if the services of men and women are to be employed to the best and most useful effect according, to the physical capacity and ability of each. Nothing less will assure a total effort."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Men, Women, Ability, Effect, Effort, Nothing, Temperance, Will)

"There can be little doubt that absence from work, and inefficient work, are frequently due to intemperance."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Work, Absence, Doubt, Intemperance)

"I would not wish to imply that most industrial accidents are due to intemperance. But, certainly, temperance has never failed to reduce their number."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Accidents, Intemperance)

"Fortunately, the Canadian people in all their habits, are essentially a temperate people."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: People, Habits)

"As to the advantages of temperance in the training of the armed forces and of its benefits to the members of the forces themselves, there can be no doubt in the world."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Benefits, Doubt, Temperance, Training, World)

"If I am outspoken of the dangers of intemperance to members of our armed forces, it is because we are all especially concerned for the welfare of those who are risking their lives in the cause of freedom."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Cause, Freedom, Intemperance, Welfare)

"Few would venture to deny the advantages of temperance in increasing the efficiency of a nation at war."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: War, Efficiency, Nation, Temperance)

"Regardless of what one's attitude towards prohibition may be, temperance is something against which, at a time of war, no reasonable protest can be made."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Time, War, Attitude, May, Prohibition, Protest, Temperance)

"Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know."
- Charles Kingsley
(Related: Work, Strength, Being, Cheerfulness, Content, Diligence, Self, Temperance, Will)

"When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal, corrected 'I believe' to 'one does feel'."
- Ronald Knox
(Related: Politeness, Zeal)

"I have a bad reputation for being temperamental."
- Ted Kotcheff
(Related: Being, Reputation)

"I had a really bad temper, when I was growing up. Sport helped me channel that temper into more positive acts."
- Mike Krzyzewski
(Related: Positive, Growing up, Temper)

"Memory tempers prosperity, mitigates adversity, controls youth, and delights old age."
- Lactantius
(Related: Age, Adversity, Memory, Old, Prosperity, Youth)

"A spirit, breathing the language of independence, is natural to Englishmen, few of whom are disposed to brook compulsion, or submit to the dictates of others, when not softened by reason, or tempered with kindness."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Independence, Kindness, Language, Reason, Spirit)

"This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God."
- William Law
(Related: Wisdom, Life, God, Christianity, Actions, Devotion, Holiness, Piety, Spirit, Temper, World)

"Death is not more certainly a separation of our souls from our bodies than the Christian life is a separation of our souls from worldly tempers, vain indulgences, and unnecessary cares."
- William Law
(Related: Death, Life, Christian, Separation)

"A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough."
- Bruce Lee
(Related: Fool, Quick, Temper, Will)

"Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling."
- Madeleine L'Engle
(Related: Creativity, Destruction, Temperament, Wrestling)

"The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong."
- David Letterman
(Related: People, Wrong)

"My temperament is not geared to that of a novelist."
- Philip Levine
(Related: Temperament)

"A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride."
- C. S. Lewis
(Related: Wife, Christian, Eating, Humility, Listening, Lying, Man, Pride, Reading, Sleep, State, Temperance, Thankfulness)

"There is no doubt that we should take solar radiation into account. We have seen ground temperatures rising since 1975, and it is important to know to what extent that has been caused by the sun or by carbon dioxide."
- Bjorn Lomborg
(Related: Doubt, Sun)

"Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Related: Joy, Temperance)

"Ah, if I were not king, I should lose my temper."
- Louis XIV
(Related: Temper)

"Temperamentally, Sam and I are very much alike. He's a lawyer, my father's a lawyer, and I always wanted to play one. On so many levels the role just felt right. I fell in love with it as I would a woman."
- Rob Lowe
(Related: Love, Father, Play, Right, Woman)

"My table is now brightly, now dimly lighted. Its temperature varies. It may receive an ink stain. One of its legs may be broken. It may be repaired, polished, and replaced part by part. But, for me, it remains the table at which I daily write."
- Ernst Mach
(Related: May, Now)

"A colour is a physical object as soon as we consider its dependence, for instance, upon its luminous source, upon other colours, upon temperatures, upon spaces, and so forth."
- Ernst Mach
(Related: Dependence)

"I'm more likely to lose my temper on a film set than almost anywhere. Often the level of idiocy is so exalted that it's impossible to comprehend."
- John Malkovich
(Related: Film, Temper)

"I don't lose my temper very often now, and if I do, it's well deserved."
- John Malkovich
(Related: Now, Temper)

"I have a temper on me that could hold back tides."
- Shirley Manson
(Related: Temper, Tides)

"Beware the cute, hot guy who kind of reminds you of the parent you don't get along with: your cold, distant father who left when you were a kid or your hot-tempered mother whom you could never please."
- Merrill Markoe
(Related: Mother, Father, Cute)

"Religion is a temper, not a pursuit."
- Harriet Martineau
(Related: Religion, Pursuit, Temper)

"Let us love temperately, things violent last not."
- Philip Massinger
(Related: Love)

"Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand."
- Andre Maurois
(Related: Style, Temperament)

"Where I once constantly lost my temper, I found myself arriving at a crisis and experiencing peace."
- Josh McDowell
(Related: Peace, Crisis, Temper)

"It looks as though yields of over 10 times what we can currently grow per acre are feasible if you control the CO2 concentration, the humidity, the temperature, all the various factors that plants depend on to grow rapidly."
- Ralph Merkle
(Related: Control, Plants)

"The reason why parents mistreat their children has less to do with character and temperament than with the fact that they were mistreated themselves and were not permitted to defend themselves."
- Alice Miller
(Related: Character, Children, Fact, Parents, Reason, Temperament)

"The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who knew they were wrong."
- Addison Mizner
(Related: People, Wrong)

"Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper."
- Hannah More
(Related: Men, Children, Evil, Idleness, Temper)

"Music inflames temperament."
- Jim Morrison
(Related: Music, Temperament)

"Children with Hyacinth's temperament don't know better as they grow older; they merely know more."
- Hector Hugh Munro
(Related: Children, Temperament)

"Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end."
- Iris Murdoch
(Related: Being, End, Temperament)

"A theory must be tempered with reality."
- Jawaharlal Nehru
(Related: Reality, Theory)

"At the time when I was conducting my research there was no known method for taking the guinea pig's temperature. I demonstrated a technique which is now widely used."
- Charles Jules Henry Nicole
(Related: Time, Now, Research)

"You can see these boxes which are covered with metal foils for thermal reasons, and they are also, most of the time, thermally controlled inside to keep reasonable temperature inside each of these containers."
- Claude Nicollier
(Related: Time)

"The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Happiness, Life, Man)

"Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth."
- Chuck Norris
(Related: Men, Temper, Worth)

"It has been argued that British girls are incapable of deep feeling or brilliant acting owing to their lack of temperament. This, I am positive, is not true."
- Ivor Novello
(Related: Positive, Acting, Deep, Feeling, Girls, Temperament)

"British girls are as temperamental as Americans."
- Ivor Novello
(Related: Americans, Girls)

"It is, from another angle, an attack on requiring proof in philosophy. And it's also the case, I guess, that my temperament is to like interesting, new, bold ideas, and to try and generate them."
- Robert Nozick
(Related: Ideas, Philosophy, Proof, Temperament)

"It's my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it."
- Sean O'Casey
(Related: Temper)

"You seem in England to be entirely ignorant of the temper of our people."
- Peter Oliver
(Related: People, England, Temper)

"I have a temper, but I wouldn't call me abusive."
- Tatum O'Neal
(Related: Temper)

"Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception."
- George Orwell
(Related: Power, Hunger, Nationalism, Self)

"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Virtue, Moderation, Temper, Vice)

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Virtue, Moderation, Temper, Vice)

"Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Enthusiasm, Reason)

"A very intimate sense of the expressiveness of outward things, which ponders, listens, penetrates, where the earlier, less developed consciousness passed lightly by, is an important element in the general temper of our modern poetry."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Poetry, Consciousness, Sense, Temper)

"What is important, then, is not that the critic should possess a correct abstract definition of beauty for the intellect, but a certain kind of temperament, the power of being deeply moved by the presence of beautiful objects."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Beauty, Power, Being, Intellect, Temperament)

"The gentleman had also a young daughter, of rare goodness and sweetness of temper, which she took from her mother, who was the best creature in the world."
- Charles Perrault
(Related: Mother, Daughter, Gentleman, Goodness, Sweetness, Temper, World)

"In setting out the walls of a city the choice of a healthy situation is of the first importance: it should be on high ground, neither subject to fogs nor rains; its aspects should be neither violently hot nor intensely cold, but temperate in both respects."
- Marcus V. Pollio
(Related: Choice, First)

"Health consists with temperance alone."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Health, Temperance)

"I was quite the spoiled brat. I have quite a temper, obviously inherited from my father, and I became very good at ordering everyone around. I was the princess; the staff were absolutely terrified of me."
- Lisa Marie Presley
(Related: Father, Temper)

"If you have acid in food, you need to sugar it. At a high temperature, the acids are changed to sugar."
- Paul Prudhomme
(Related: Food)

"A Parliament is that to the Commonwealth which the soul is to the body. It behoves us therefore to keep the facility of that soul from distemper."
- John Pym
(Related: Soul, Body, Parliament)

"Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word "satiety.""
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Heart, Prudence, Temper, Word)

"I lost my temper on stage."
- Michael Richards
(Related: Temper)

"I'm six foot four and a half and I have a temper. It's reserved for very important issues. If someone is asking me to make an artistic concession, then I'll become a madman."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Temper)

"I don't get angry very often. I lose my temper rarely. And when I do, there's always a legitimate cause. Normally I have a great lightness of being. I take things in a very happy, amused way."
- Julia Roberts
(Related: Being, Cause, Temper)

"It kills me to lose. If I'm a troublemaker, and I don't think that my temper makes me one, then it's because I can't stand losing. That's the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first."
- Jackie Robinson
(Related: Winning, First, Losing, Temper)

"The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: People, Effect, Fortune, Moderation, Prosperity, Temper)

"The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Happiness, Men, Fortune, Misery, Temper)

"In or orchestra we have many nationalities, types, and temperaments."
- Artur Rodzinski
"Most films I've worked on have had large casts, but they've been wonderful people. I think the monkey in Pirates of the Caribbean is the most temperamental costar I've had. It would throw tantrums like you wouldn't believe."
- Geoffrey Rush
(Related: People)

"The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Power, Successful, Effort, Temperament)

"Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius. Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old!"
- May Sarton
(Related: Genius, Baby, Forget, Months, Temperament, Will)

"Often for hors d'oeuvres, I serve room temperature vegetables, something like that, so that the main course might be quite rich but the first course has balanced it out."
- Sally Schneider
(Related: First)

"We are on the precipice of a crisis, a Constitutional crisis. The checks and balances, which have been at the core of this Republic, are about to be evaporated by the nuclear option. The checks and balances that say if you get 51% of the vote, you don't get your way 100% of the time. It is amazing, it's almost a temper tantrum."
- Charles Schumer
(Related: Time, Crisis, Temper, Vote)

"Based on the laws of physics, the effect on temperature of man's contribution to atmospheric CO2 levels is minuscule and indiscernible from the natural variability caused in large part by changes in solar energy output."
- Robert L. Scotto
(Related: Effect, Energy, Laws, Man, Physics)

"A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Intemperance, Man, Mankind)

"O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!"
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Heaven, Temper)

"The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care."
- Philip Sidney
(Related: Health, Life, Care, Labor, Open, Temperance)

"We have record high temperatures and record high energy prices across the country, and we've seen the dangerous effects caused by extreme temperatures in the past."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Country, Energy, Extreme, Past)

"Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Health, Time, Knowledge, Wealth, May, Medicine, Study, Temperance)

"Solvency is entirely a matter of temperament and not of income."
- Logan P. Smith
(Related: Income, Temperament)

"When the audience comes in, it changes the temperature of what you've written."
- Stephen Sondheim
"American teachers have one indisputable advantage over foreign ones; they understand the American temperament and can judge its unevenness, its lights and its shadows."
- John Philip Sousa
(Related: American, Shadows, Teachers, Temperament)

"A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth."
- Charles Spurgeon
(Related: Men, Evil, Old, Temper, Worth)

"God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: God, Wind)

"We were all so different, temperamentally from one another, it's impossible to believe that we were together for so long. The cast and crew. How could we be more different from one another? It's difficult to imagine. But something lovely came of it."
- Madeleine Stowe
"I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach, living in anonymity and composing regularly for an established service and for God."
- Igor Stravinsky
(Related: Life, Time, Talent, God, Living, Sense, Service, Temperament)

"I am a temperance Republican down to my toes."
- Billy Sunday
(Related: Republican, Temperance)

"The Democratic party of Florida has put a temperance plank in its platform and the Republican party of every state would nail that plank in their platform if they thought it would carry the election."
- Billy Sunday
(Related: Thought, Party, Republican, State, Temperance)

"Sam Wood, the director, made most of his money as a real estate agent; there was nothing of the temperamental artist about him."
- Gloria Swanson
(Related: Money, Artist, Nothing, Wood)

"It was an amazing performer. Very temperamental, it spent a lot of time in its trailer."
- Tilda Swinton
(Related: Time)

"Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life."
- Wislawa Szymborska
(Related: Life, Knowledge, Questions)

"Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin."
- Tacitus
(Related: Candor, Generosity, Moderation, Ruin)

"Any successful nominee should possess both the temperament to interpret the law and the wisdom to do so fairly. The next Supreme Court Justice should have a record of protecting individual rights and a strong willingness to put aside any political agenda."
- Bennie Thompson
(Related: Wisdom, Successful, Court, Rights, Justice, Law, Temperament)

"But when I lose my temper, I find it difficult to forgive myself. I feel I've failed. I can be calm in a crisis, in the face of death or things that hurt badly. I don't get hysterical, which may be masochistic of me."
- Emma Thompson
(Related: Death, Crisis, Hurt, May, Temper)

"Marvelous is the power which can be exercised, almost unconsciously, over a company, or an individual, or even upon a crowd by one person gifted with good temper, good digestion, good intellects, and good looks."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Power, Company, Temper)

"Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt."
- Pierre Trudeau
(Related: Living)

"Performing is very much like cooking: putting it all together, raising the temperature."
- David Tudor
"As a West Side kid fooling around with boxing gloves, I had been, for some reason of temperament, more interested in dodging a blow than in striking one."
- Gene Tunney
(Related: Boxing, Reason, Temperament)

"The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination."
- Voltaire
(Related: Government, Assassination, Democracy)

"The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination."
- Voltaire
(Related: Government, Assassination, Tyranny)

"An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination."
- Voltaire
(Related: Government, Assassination, Democracy)

"The Harvard Law states: Under controlled conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and nutrition, the organism will do as it damn well pleases."
- Larry Wall
(Related: Law, Light, Will)

"Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the imagination has got the better of the judgment."
- William Warburton
(Related: Imagination, Enthusiasm, Judgment, Mind, Temper)

"We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Deceit, Discretion, Temper)

"Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason."
- Orson Welles
(Related: Act, Man, Reason, Temper)

"Photography suits the temper of this age - of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately."
- Edward Weston
(Related: Age, Ideas, Mind, Painting, Photography, Temper)

"Whoever tramples on the plea for justice temperately made in the name of peace only outrages peace and kills something fine in the heart of man which God put there when we got our manhood."
- William Allen White
(Related: Peace, God, Heart, Justice, Man, Name)

"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Art, Work, Result, Temperament)

"Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Act, Man, Reason, Temper)

"Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul."
- Frances E. Willard
(Related: Abstinence, Moderation, Temperance)

"I am appalled at the state of discord in the field of climate science. There is no observational evidence that the addition of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have caused any temperature perturbations in the atmosphere."
- George T. Wolff
(Related: Science, Climate, State)

"It doesn't matter what temperature the room is, it's always room temperature."
- Steven Wright
"It doesn't make a difference what temperature a room is, it's always room temperature."
- Steven Wright
(Related: Difference)

"One should not lose one's temper unless one is certain of getting more and more angry to the end."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: End, Temper)

"I've struggled so hard to reign in my temper because it actually terrifies me."
- Susannah York
(Related: Temper)

"To illustrate what I mean, an apt dancer may be in thorough unison with the others in that particular group, and at the same time reveal a difference in dancing temperament, rhythm or technique; she may phrase, accentuate or actually interpret differently."
- Florenz Ziegfeld
(Related: Time, Dancing, Difference, May, Temperament)