30 Total Quotes

William Temple Quotes

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home
William Temple
#Conversation

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor
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#Abstinence

The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.
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#American Author #Conversation

Good intentions are at least, the seed of good actions; and every one ought to sow them, and leave It to the soil and the seasons whether He or any other gather they fruit
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#Action

Courage is not merely a virtue; it is the virtue. Without it, there are no other virtues.
William Temple
#Courage

Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.
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#Roman Statesman #Health

Christianity is the most materialistic of all religions
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#Christianity

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed
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#Age And Aging

The best rules to form a young man are, to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one's opinions, and value others that deserve it
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#Man

There cannot live an unhappier creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of conferring them on others
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#Man

Holland is a country, where the earth is better than the air, and profit more in request than honor; where there is more sense than wit; more good nature than good humor; and more wealth than pleasure; where a man would choose rather to travel than t
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#Earth

No one ever was a great poet, that applied himself much to anything else.
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#American Author

A man's wisdom is his best friend; folly, his worst enemy.
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#Best Friends

The problem of evil... Why does God permit it? Or, if God is omnipotent, in which case permission and creation are the same, why did God create it?
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#American Author

I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy to be like enthusiasm in divinity, and to have troubled the world much to the same purpose.
William Temple
#American Author

You may keep your beauty and your health, unless you destroy them yourself, or discourage them to stay with you, by using them ill.
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#American Author

When all is done, human life is, at the greatest and the best, but like a froward child, that must be played with and humored a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the care is over.
William Temple
#American Author

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home.
William Temple
#American Author

The best rules to form a young man, are, to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value others that deserve it.
William Temple
#American Author

When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't, they don't.
William Temple
#American Author

Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. Our complaints are like arrows shot up into the air at no target: and with no purpose they only fall back upon our own heads and destroy ourselves.
William Temple
#American Author

Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new.
William Temple
#American Author

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
William Temple
#American Author

Church is only society on earth that exists for the benefit of non-members.
William Temple
#Religious

There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man, who is neither capable of receiving pleasures, nor sensible of conferring them on others.
William Temple
#American Author

Authority is by nothing so much strengthened and confirmed as by custom; for no man easily distrusts the things which he and all men have been always bred up to.
William Temple
#American Author

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they passed.
William Temple
#American Author

Man's wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy.
William Temple
#American Author