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".
Man's wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy.William Temple
It is a mistake to suppose that God is only, or even chiefly, concerned with religion.William Temple
Christianity is the most materialist of all great religions.William Temple
I believe in the Church, one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church; and nowhere does it exist.William Temple
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.William Temple
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.William Temple
No clap of thunder in a fair frosty day could astonish the world more than [England's] declaration of war against Holland in 1672.William Temple
Personally, I have always looked upon cricket as organized loafing.William Temple