An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.


Alfred Adler (1870-1937, Austrian psychiatrist)


Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Temperament lies behind mood; behind will, lies the fate of character. Then behind both, the influence of family the tyranny of culture; and finally the power of climate and environment; and we are free, only to the extent we rise above these.


John Burroughs (1837-1921, American naturalist, author)


A person's fate is their own temper.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.


Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925, American editor, essayist)


A fretful temper will divide the closest knot that may be tied, by ceaseless sharp corrosion; a temper passionate and fierce may suddenly your joys disperse at one immense explosion.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


A lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper -- a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


It was not that she was out of temper, but that the world was not equal to the demands of her fine organism.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Men lose their tempers in defending their taste.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Good temper is an estate for life.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Who has skill in the art of music is of good temperament and fitted for all things.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who knew they were wrong.


Addison Mizner


I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Nothing does reason more right, than the coolness of those that offer it: For truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


Take care; you know I am compliance itself, when I am not thwarted! No one more easily led, when I have my own way; but don't put me in a frenzy.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


Temperance is love surrendering itself wholly to Him who is its object; courage is love bearing all things gladly for the sake of Him who is its object; justice is love serving only Him who is its object, and therefore rightly ruling; prudence is love making wise distinction between what hinders and what helps itself.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


Most people give off as much heat as a 100 watt bulb, but not as much light.


Author Unknown


When you're in the right, you can afford to keep your temper. When in the wrong, you can't afford to lose it.


Author Unknown


Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act according with the dictates of reason.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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