A Quote by May Sarton on anguish, violence, anger, alone, temperament, fear, silence, heaven, hell, routines, silent, and clamor

The anguish of my life here - its rages - is hardly mentioned...There is violence there and anger never resolved.  I live alone, perhaps for no good reason, for the reason that I am an impossible creature, set apart by a temperament I have never learned to use as it could be used, thrown off by a word,a glance, a rainy day, or one drink too many.  My need to be alone is balanced against my fear of what will happen when suddenly I enter the huge empty silence if I cannot find support there.  I go up to Heaven and down to Hell in an hour, and keep alive only by imposing upon myself inexorable routines...It may be outwardly silent here but in the back of my mind is a clamor of human voices, too many needs, hopes and fear.  I hardly ever sit still without being haunted by the "undone"...

May Sarton

Source: Journal of a Solitude

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on happiness, life, temperament, and unhappiness

Happiness is always a byproduct. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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A Quote by Peter Medawar on people, philosophy, poets, scientists, and temperament

Scientists are people of very dissimilar temperaments doing different things in very different ways. Among scientists are collectors, classifiers and compulsive tidiers-up; many are detectives by temperament and many are explorers; some are artists and others artisans. There are poet-scientists and philosopher-scientists and even a few mystics.

Peter Medawar

Source: Pluto's Republic, Oxford University Press, New York, 1982, p. 116.

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on christianity, god, justice, life, maxims, mercy, mind, quality, and temperament

The maxims of Christian life, which should draw upon the truths of the Gospel, are always partially symbolic of the mind and temperament of those who teach them to us. The former, by their natural sweetness, show us the quality of God's mercy; the latter, by their harshness, show us God's justice.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on discovery, discrimination, evil, good, happiness, life, order, perfection, quality, superiority, temperament, vices, and world

There is nothing that does not have something perfect in it; and it is the happiness of good taste to be able to find this perfection in all things. But there is a natural malignity that often discovers a vice in the midst of several virtues, in order to reveal and proclaim the discovery to all the world - a quality that is more the mark of a naturally evil temperament than a superior sense of discrimination. And it is truly an evil lot, to pass one's life always feeding off the imperfections of others.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Logan Pearsall Smith on income and temperament

Solvency is entirely a matter of temperament and not of income.

Logan Smith (1865 - 1946)

Source: Afterthoughts, 1931

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on affliction, disease, and temperament

The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by E.M. Cioran on art, discretion, love, and temperament

The Art of Love: knowing how to combine the temperament of a vampire with the discretion of an anemone.

E.M. Cioran

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on fortune, happiness, misery, and temperament

Happiness and misery depend as much on temperament as on fortune.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by Cyril Connolly on happiness, illusions, passion, and temperament

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

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