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Temper Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Temper

Please enjoy these Temper Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
- Jacqueline Schiff

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One should not lose one's temper unless one is certain
of getting more and more angry to the end.
- William Butler Yeats

Never do anything when you are in a temper,
for you will do everything wrong.
- Baltasar Gracian

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
- Robert Frost

 

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

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

Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the
imagination has got the better of the judgment.
- William Warburton

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The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone,
what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.
- Horace

I am in that temper that if I were under water I would
scarcely kick to come to the top.
- John Keats

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper
when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
- Orson Welles

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

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

Moderation in temper is always a virtue;
but moderation in principle is always a vice.
- Thomas Paine

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

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires,
and a touch that never hurts.
- Charles Dickens

I have a temper on me that could hold back tides.
- Shirley Manson

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

I have a temper, but I wouldn't call me abusive.
- Tatum O'Neal

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

Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.
- Khalil Gibran

We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.
- Evelyn Waugh

It's my rule never to lose me temper till it would
be detrimental to keep it.
- Sean O'Casey

I've struggled so hard to reign in my temper because
it actually terrifies me.
- Susannah York

It opens the lungs, washes the countenance,
exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper;
so cry away.
- Charles Dickens

Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is
the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
- Washington Irving

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

Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.
- William Hazlitt

Religion is a temper, not a pursuit.
- Harriet Martineau

Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness.
It is itself almost religious.
Our scientific temper is devout.
- William James

A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil.
Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.
- Charles Spurgeon

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

I had a really bad temper, when I was growing up.
Sport helped me channel that temper into more positive acts.
- Mike Krzyzewski

I don't lose my temper very often now,
and if I do, it's well deserved.
- John Malkovich

Temper your enjoyments with prudence,
lest there be written on your heart that fearful word "satiety."
- Francis Quarles

To lose your temper is only useful once a year.
- Colin R. Davis

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

It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that
men discover their real temper,
principles, and designs.
- Edmund Burke

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

I have a pretty bad temper.
But you have to really push me to see it.
But everybody has their things.
- Janet Jackson

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

I know I lost my temper, but I tried to be human along the way.
- Bernie Ebbers

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

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

You seem in England to be entirely ignorant of the temper of our people.
- Peter Oliver

Temper is a weapon that we hold by the blade.
- James M. Barrie

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves
is the greatest weakness of human nature.
- Joseph Addison

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

Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed.
There ain't much credit in that.
- Charles Dickens

Keep your temper.
A decision made in anger is never sound.
- Ford Frick

A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
- Bruce Lee

Men are like steel.
When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.
- Chuck Norris

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

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

A wise government knows how to enforce with temper,
or to conciliate with dignity.
- George Grenville

I am told that I had a bad temper, and remember being
banished to the back hall until civility returned.
- Paul D. Boyer

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

We need to temper the idea that this company has to
have some earthshaking event every 15 minutes.
- Mark V. Hurd

Ah, if I were not king, I should lose my temper.
- Louis XIV

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

He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper;
but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.
- David Hume

Where I once constantly lost my temper,
I found myself arriving at a crisis and experiencing peace.
- Josh McDowell

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

I lost my temper on stage.
- Michael Richards

I don't lose my temper often; about once every twenty years perhaps.
- Dirk Bogarde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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