Sir William Temple

1881 - 1944

A Quote by Sir William Temple

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.

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

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A Quote by Sir William Temple on freedom, gifts, humility, people, and thinking

Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

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A Quote by Sir William Temple on company, distrust, reflection, rules, and value

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.

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

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A Quote by Sir William Temple on earth, god, selfishness, and society

There is no structural organization of society which can bring about the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth since all systems can be perverted by the selfishness of man. The Malvern Manifesto: Drawn up by a Conference of the Province of York, January 10, 1941; signed for the Conference by Temple, then Archbishop of York (later Archbishop of Canterbury).

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

Source: The Malvern Manifesto

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A Quote by Sir William Temple

Reacting to evangelists' fondness for quoting Isaiah 1:18, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. . . ." All my sins are grey.

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

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A Quote by Sir William Temple on beauty, conscience, god, heart, imagination, love, purpose, and worship

To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, and to devote the will to the purpose of God.

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

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A Quote by Sir William Temple on economics

Human status ought not to depend upon the changing demands of the economic process. The Malvern Manifesto: Drawn up by a Conference of the Province of York, January 10, 1941; signed for the Conference by Temple, then Archbishop of York (later Archbishop of Canterbury).

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

Source: The Malvern Manifesto

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A Quote by Sir William Temple on ability

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The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. - If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

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A Quote by Sir William Temple on books, proverbs, and value

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

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

Source: Miscellanea, 1690

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A Quote by Sir William Temple on earth, emptiness, god, heart, heaven, men, mind, present, and world

In the days of His earthly ministry, only those could speak to him who came where He was: if He was in Galilee, men could not find Him in Jerusalem; if He was in Jerusalem, men could not find Him in Galilee. His Ascension means that He is perfectly united with God; we are with Him wherever we are present to God; and that is everywhere and always. Because He is "in Heaven" He is everywhere on earth: because He is ascended, He is here now. Our devotion is not to hold us by the empty tomb; it must lift up our hearts to heaven so that we too "in heart and mind thither accent and with Him continually dwell:" it must also send us forth into the world to do His will; and these are not two things, but one.

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

Source: Readings in St. John's Gospel

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