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good temper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n good temper a cheerful and agreeable mood
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “No one can be brave who considers pain to be the greatest evil in life, or can they be temperate who considers pleasure to be the highest good.”
  • Thomas Paine
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    “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.”
  • Frances E. Willard
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    “Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “Good temper is an estate for life.”

Usage

In literature:

But the creature looks good tempered.
"Beric the Briton" by G. A. Henty
So, being in a good temper, she said it; and he was deeply moved.
"Swann's Way" by Marcel Proust
He seems to have intelligence and good temper.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The accomplished establishment of Beverly Plank was probably due as much to his own obstinate and good-tempered persistence as to Mrs. Mortimer.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
She had the reputation of a very good temper; and the expression of her countenance confirmed it.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I am gay when I am well, good-tempered when ailing.
"Lucretia, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
And then one settles down into such good-tempered Lucianic contempt for men.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
This altered countenance of the good-tempered bourgeois was not, however, noticed by the two women.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Now, so it is with me and Saville; I like his wit, he likes my good temper.
"Godolphin, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I've read or heard somewhere, sir, about God's goodness in tempering the wind to the shorn lamb.
"Hide and Seek" by Wilkie Collins
I like, above all things, to live with good-tempered people.
"Endymion" by Benjamin Disraeli
Good temper and urbanity alike suffered rudely when he beheld the wife they brought him.
"The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series" by Rafael Sabatini
We will have patience with him, like a good rider with a hot tempered horse.
"The Fair Maid of Perth" by Sir Walter Scott
Enough that the whole thing is conducted, so far as I could see, promptly, efficiently, and with perfect good temper.
"America To-day, Observations and Reflections" by William Archer
When Louie emerged she was not in a good temper.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Who is so good-tempered?
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Men were afraid of him, in spite of his imperturbable good temper.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
Both fought with good temper, and were warmly applauded as they shook hands at the finish.
"Colonel Thorndyke's Secret" by G. A. Henty
A wise man, and therefore a good man, will be temperate.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume I" by John Lord
Hayle was certainly not in a good temper.
"My Strangest Case" by Guy Boothby
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In poetry:

Since then, I temper so my song
That it may never speak for blood;
May never say that ill is good;
Or say that right may spring from wrong:
"In After Days" by George Frederick Cameron
I see the maiden with the beaming eye,
She lightly laughs and lifts the wine-glass high,
And says the while her red lips sip and taste,
"A fig for temperance; wine is too good to waste."
""Where Is Thy Brother?"" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
O why do we seek, do we hope to bestow
"The colours of heaven on the dwellings of woe?"
'Tis temperance must level the strongholds of crime—
'Tis temperance must herald the "coming good time."
"The Plague of Our Isle" by Janet Hamilton
"We temperance croakers harp on the same strain?"
Well—the cause is one story again and again;
Fights—tragedy—troubles—all stirred up by drink,
Good reason we have to keep harping, I think.
"The Same Old Strain" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There was a stock of temper we both had for a start,
Although we never suspected 'twould take us two apart;
I had my various failings, bred in the flesh and bone;
And Betsey, like all good women, had a temper of her own.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton
And Katherine's smile was pleasant, and Katherine's temper good,
And how she come to like Tom Smith, I never understood;
For she was a mornin'-glory, as fair as you ever see,
And Tom was a shag-bark hickory, as green as green could be.
"Out O’ The Fire" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

At a time when optimism for the new year has been buoyed by good prices and strong exports in American agriculture, the euphoria may be tempered at least somewhat by demands on producers' pocketbooks for much higher costs of inputs.
Now, there's no arguing that the US economy has fallen on trying times, but it's nice to temper the bad with the good for some perspective.
They are good tempered horses Call or email if interested my name is steven.
Get discipline tips to manage your big kid's temper tantrums, teach good manners and etiquette, help resolve school issues, and find birthday party ideas for 6 year olds.
Chris Brown feels bad about his temper tantrum at "Good Morning America" earlier this week, and he's sorry.
Prospects For Holiday Sales Good, But May Be Tempered By Lingering Unemployment.
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In science:

Isolated high mountains on islands in temperate oceans, where the weather is good and a laminar air flow and large thermal inertia of surrounding ocean keep the inversion layer low.
Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview
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