The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.
— Wilson Mizner

The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
— Voltaire

A theory must be tempered with reality.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
— William E. Gladstone

Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
— Blaise Pascal