William Temple

(Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet)

William Temple
William Temple
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  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Statesman, Essayist









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Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet was an English statesman and essayist. William Temple was the son of Sir John Temple of Dublin and nephew of Rev. Dr. Thomas Temple DD. Born in London, and educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Temple travelled across Europe, and was for some time a member of the Irish Parliament, employed on various diplomatic missions. During his time as a diplomat, Temple successfully negotiated the marriage of the Prince of Orange and Princess Mary of England, and the Triple Alliance of 1668. On his return he was much consulted by Charles II, but disapproving of the anti-Dutch courses adopted, retired to his house at Sheen.

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Christianity is the most materialistic of all great religions. Religion & God
It is a mistake to assume that God is interested only, or even chiefly, in religion. Religion & God
Revolutions of state, many times, make way for new institutions and forms; and often determine in either setting up some tyranny at home, or bringing in some conquest from abroad. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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.
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they passed.
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.
Man's wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy.
No one ever was a great poet, that applied himself much to anything else.
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. Time
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.
The first glass is for myself, the second for my friends, the third for good humor, and the forth for my enemies. Humor
The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit. Truth ;Humor
The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
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? Religion & God
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.
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. Life
When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't, they don't.
Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new.
You may keep your beauty and your health, unless you destroy them yourself, or discourage them to stay with you, by using them ill. Health, Healthcare & Medicine

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