Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #53 --- Temper

Quotations on Temper

Love is good temper. "Love is not easily provoked to anger." To love means to possess a good temper. If the scriptures did not affirm it, we might be inclined to doubt this, for we ordinarily look upon a bad temper as a harmless weakness or a mere physiological failing. We speak of it as an infirmity of nature, an inherited disposition or climatical effect of no serious account, but here in the very heart of St. Paul's analysis, it stands condemned as a vice opposed to love.

The reason why it is so generally disregarded or overlooked is that it is the vice of the virtuous. It is one blot of an otherwise noble character. We all know men who are passing good, except for their easily ruffled, quick-tempered, touchy disposition. A good example is the brother of the prodigal son. Which was the worse, the prodigal or his brother? Most persons unhesitatingly brand the prodigal. The sins of the higher faculties, of the will and intellect, may easily be far worse than the mistakes of the prodigal.

No form of vice, not gambling nor riotous living, nor drunkenness itself does more to unchristianize a man than his evil temper. For embittering life, for making one's associates wretched, for destroying the most sacred relationships, for giving scandal, for creating an atmosphere of meanness and bad feeling, in short, for sheer, gratuitous, misery-producing power, this influence stands alone. Look at the prodigal"s brother. He was a moral, thrifty, hard-working, dutiful son–give him full credit for his virtues. But see the mean, angry, jealous creature sulking outside his father"s door. "He was angry," we read, "and he would not go in." Jealousy, anger, pride, uncharity, cruelty, self-righteousness, touchiness, doggedness, sulliness–these are the ingredients of the dark and loveless souls of the ill-tempered men. ... The temper is the test of love, because want of patience, want of kindness, want of humility, want of generosity, all are instantly symbolized in one flash of anger. The ill-tempered man cannot love, because love "is not easily provoked to anger."

—T.R. Murphy, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Feb. 27, 1911.

If religion has done nothing for your temper it has done nothing for your soul.

—J.B. Lawrence, The Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., April 1, 1920.

The Christian that controls his temper and his tongue may be assured that he is growing in grace.

—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, July 14, 1898.

It often happens that we lose the argument just because we lose our temper.

—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., May 9, 1946.

It may be hard to hold your temper, but it will be harder to repair the damage afterward.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 5, 1930.

We are strong when we can hold our tempers until we have all the facts.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 27, 1933.

Watch your temper–as good judgment can stand only so much heat without impairment.

—Dewey O. Miller, The Wesleyan Youth, Marion, Ind., October 1962.

To lose one's temper is to admit that you are not sane. A man who is controlled by his temper is temporarily insane. Control your temper.

—T.W. Williams, Autumn Leaves, Independence, Mo., June 1924.

When a man is hotheaded he is likely to get warped all over.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., July 30, 1905.

Losing the temper is a sure way of finding trouble.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., July 9, 1905.

The trouble with people who keep losing their temper is that they keep finding it again.

—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., June 22, 1965.

If you lose your temper, keep your tongue.

—C. Roy Dickinson, Puck, New York, N.Y., Sept. 11, 1915.

A long face is often indicative of a short temper.

—J.R. Hornady, Louisville Times, Louisville, Ky., May 3, 1902.

Hold your tongue, and your temper will take care of itself.

—Roberta Lyndon, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., March 31, 1940.

He who exhibits his temper gives a free show.

—W.C. Westenberger, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn., Nov. 29, 1929.

A man loses his temper and his reason goes on vacation.

—Roy E. Gibson, Nephi Times-News, Nephi, Utah, Feb. 4, 1960.

The man who loses his temper doesn't have to advertise a reward for it.

New York Times, New York, N.Y., Sept. 27, 1914.

When a man loses his temper he generally finds that of his opponent.

Saturday Evening Post, Philadelphia, Pa., May 21, 1904.

As long as a man controls his temper he isn't his own worst enemy.

Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Mont., July 10, 1935.

The quick-tempered person should bottle his wrath and then throw away the corkscrew.

Humboldt Star, Winnemucca, Nev., Jan. 22, 1917.

Bad temper is its own punishment, but that does not appease its victims.

Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, March 20, 1917.

Man exhibits his temper as soon as his ignorance is exposed.

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, Nov. 16, 1894.

Temper gets you into trouble and pride keeps you there.

Chinook Opinion, Chinook, Mont., Nov. 10, 1949.

He who loses his temper, loses. You always give away more than you get when you become angry.

Three minutes of rage will sap your strength quicker than eight hours of work. Why? Because it has put a terrific strain on your body. When you are angry, your blood rushes to the major muscles of your arms and legs. Thus you have greater physical strength, but your brain, lacking its full blood supply, is cut down in efficiency. This is why you say things you do not mean and do things which seem outlandish.

Likewise you lose the respect of those who witness the explosion. Gentleness is a winner and the world yearns for peace. ... The best way to lose your temper is to lose yourself in God.

—Charley W. Shedd, The Rotarian, Chicago, Ill., September 1953.

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