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.
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.
is the iron wire on which the beads are strung.
His sanguine temperament
was disclosed in the deep color of his cheeks.
It requires the feminine temperament
to repeat the same thing three times with unabated zest.
He honestly mistook his sensuality for romantic emotion, his vacillation for the artistic temperament
, and his idleness for philosophic calm.
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.
Lately, however, it had seemed to her that they were making no way at all, and this was the more tantalizing because no one with the ghost of a literary temperament
could doubt but that they had materials for one of the greatest biographies that has ever been written.
His literary criticisms seemed to me not only exquisitely humorous, but perfectly sane and just; and it delighted me to have him personally present, with the warmth of his own temperament
in regions of cold abstraction; I am not sure that I should like that so much now.
With all its gifts and opportunities it was a melancholy life-- melancholy with something not altogether explained by the somewhat pessimistic philosophy exposed in the Journal, nor by the consumptive tendency of Amiel's physical constitution, causing him from a very early date to be much preoccupied with the effort to reconcile himself with the prospect of death, and reinforcing the far from sanguine temperament
of one intellectually also a poitrinaire.
Monsieur Guillot was a man of emotional temperament
After all, you have but the wisdom of your temperament
, and the wisdom of my temperament
is just as unimpeachable as yours.
A buoyant temperament
is of all moral qualities the most precious, in this respect; it is the one force in us--when virtuous resolution proves insufficient--which resists by instinct the stealthy approaches of despair.
Perhaps it was too much temperament
that made them turn from the commonplace and humdrum to find relief in the lying and fantastic sureties of John Barleycorn.