One of those last I remember specially, now gone to his rest from that sea which his temperament must have made a scene of little more than a peaceful pursuit.
Through a touch of self-seeking that modest artist of solid merit became untrue to his temperament.
For temperament is a power which no man willingly hears any one praise but himself.
Illusion, Temperament, Succession, Surface, Surprise, Reality, Subjectiveness,--these are threads on the loom of time, these are the lords of life.
From the point of view of subject, a healthy work of art is one the choice of whose subject is conditioned by the temperament
of the artist, and comes directly out of it.
But something held him back: not so much  a reluctancy of temperament
, or of physical constitution (common enough cause why men of undeniable gifts fail of commensurate production) but a cause purely intellectual--the presence in him, namely, of a certain vein of opinion; that other, constituent but contending, person, in his complex nature.
The criticism, partly true, that he was not designed by Nature to be a poet but made himself one by hard work rests on his intensely, and at the outset coldly, intellectual and moral temperament
It's the temperament
of a saint," declared the great lady in a firm tone.
Yet one had ancestors in literature as well as in one's own race, nearer perhaps in type and temperament
, many of them, and certainly with an influence of which one was more absolutely conscious.
With Higgins's physique and temperament
Sweet might have set the Thames on fire.
General Bagovut, a fighting old soldier of placid temperament
, being also upset by all the delay, confusion, and cross-purposes, fell into a rage to everybody's surprise and quite contrary to his usual character and said disagreeable things to Toll.
With all the books on my shelves, with all the thoughts of the thinkers shaded by my particular temperament
, I decided coolly and deliberately that I should continue to do what I had been trained to want to do.