This master of the fine art was a personage and nothing more; but, as I have said, there was an infinite diversity of temperament
amongst the masters of the fine art I have known.
The American temperament
is represented (putting myself aside, and I often think that my temperament
is not at all American) by a young girl and her mother, and another young girl without her mother--without her mother or any attendant or appendage whatever.
In truth they are all creatures of given temperament
, which will appear in a given character, whose boundaries they will never pass: but we look at them, they seem alive, and we presume there is impulse in them.
It is too difficult, because to meet such requirements the artist would have to do violence to his temperament
, would have to write not for the artistic joy of writing, but for the amusement of half-educated people, and so would have to suppress his individualism, forget his culture, annihilate his style, and surrender everything that is valuable in him.
That fellow was always making me do things in subtle discord with my meditative temperament
He was not to blame for having been born with his unbridled temperament
and his somehow limited intelligence.
He will write a page or two, giving evidence of that accumulated power and attainment which, with a more strenuous temperament
, might have sufficed for an effective volume.
And there were present, also, those fearless travellers and explorers whose energetic temperaments
had borne them through every quarter of the globe, many of them grown old and worn out in the service of science.
Everything would be fine if he didn't think it necessary to tack on the artistic temperament
to his painting.
It requires the feminine temperament
to repeat the same thing three times with unabated zest.
Though neither by temperament
nor conviction a revolutionist, Dostoevsky was one of a little group of young men who met together to read Fourier and Proudhon.
Though his obstinacy was a part of his national temperament
, and his physical and mental irritability in part a result of his ill-health, any candid estimate of his life cannot altogether overlook them.
Old now in the number of her years, she had that sort of exceptional temperament
which defies time with scornful disregard, as if it were a rather vulgar convention submitted to by the mass of inferior mankind.
It was the creation of such worlds as these that seemed to Dorian Gray to be the true object, or amongst the true objects, of life; and in his search for sensations that would be at once new and delightful, and possess that element of strangeness that is so essential to romance, he would often adopt certain modes of thought that he knew to be really alien to his nature, abandon himself to their subtle influences, and then, having, as it were, caught their colour and satisfied his intellectual curiosity, leave them with that curious indifference that is not incompatible with a real ardour of temperament
, and that, indeed, according to certain modern psychologists, is often a condition of it.
He honestly mistook his sensuality for romantic emotion, his vacillation for the artistic temperament
, and his idleness for philosophic calm.