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Instability of temper ought to be checked when it disposes men to wander from one scheme to another: since such a fickleness cannot but be attended with fatal consequences.
      - Joseph Addison

We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.
      - Alfred Adler

When the habitually even-tempered suddenly fly into a passion, that explosion is apt to be more impressive that the outburst of the most violent amongst us.
      - Margery Allingham

If we desire to live securely, comfortably, and quietly, that by all honest means we should endeavor to purchase the good will of all men, and provoke no man's enmity needlessly; since any man's love may be useful, and every man's hatred is dangerous.
      - Isaac Barrow

Nothing leads more directly to the breach of charity, and to the injury and molestation of our fellow-creatures, than the indulgence of an ill temper.
      - Hugh Blair

Great fury, like great whiskey, requires long fermentation.
      - Truman Capote

I'll make them live as brothers should with brother,
  And keep them in good-humor with each other.
      - Charles Churchill

Men lose their tempers in defending their taste.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The difficult part of good temper consists in forbearance, and accommodation to the ill-humors of others.
      - William Empson (1)

Those who are surly and imperious to their inferiors, are generally humble, flattering, and cringing to their superiors.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
      - Billy Graham

A sunny temper gilds the edges of life's blackest cloud.
      - Thomas Guthrie (1)

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
      - David Hume

A tart temper never mellows with age; and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
      - Washington Irving

Too many have no idea of the subjection of their temper to the influence of religion, and yet what is changed, if the temper is not? If a man is as passionate, malicious, resentful, sullen, moody, or morose after his conversion as before it, what is he converted from or to?
      - John Angell James

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

With "gentleness" in his own character, "comfort" in his house, and "good temper" in his wife, the earthly felicity of man is complete.
      - Old German Saying

Oh! blest with temper, whose unclouded ray
  Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day.
      - Alexander Pope

Courtesy of temper, when it is used to veil churlishness of deed, is but a knight's girdle around the breast of a base clown.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Through certain humors or passions, and from temper merely, a man may be completely miserable, let his outward circumstances be ever so fortunate.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

Think you, a little din can daunt mine ears?
  Have I not in my time heard lions roar?
    Have I not heard the sea, puff'd up with winds,
      Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat
        Have I not heard great ordnance in the field,
          And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies?
            Have I not in a pitched battle heard
              Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang
                And do you tell me of a woman a tongue?
      - William Shakespeare

In vain he seeketh others to suppress,
  Who hath not learn'd himself first to subdue.
      - Edmund Spenser

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 (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

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