William Temple

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Sir William Temple

Sir William Temple (25 April, 162827 January, 1699) was a statesman and essayist, who successfully negotiated the marriage of William, Prince of Orange and Princess Mary of England.


  • Christianity teaches us to moderate our passions; to temper our affections toward all things below; to be thankful for the possession, and patient under loss, whenever He who gave shall see fit to take away.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 140.
  • Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.
    • Ancient and Modern Learning (1690).
  • 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.
    • Miscellanea (4th ed. pub. 1705), Part II, "Of Poetry".
  • No clap of thunder in a fair frosty day could astonish the world more than [England's] declaration of war against Holland in 1672.
    • Memoirs, Volume II, p. 255.

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