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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 writer.

Men lose their tempers in defending their taste.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

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

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.


Good temper is an estate for life.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

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

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

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.

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

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet, critic and intellectual.

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

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