2. "Scholastics called the irascible (averting) and concupiscible (attracting) emotions."
- Peter Kreeft, Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas
5. "Over time, and perhaps because of his contact with human beings, the Doctor mellowed and became less irascible. But his brilliance and his passion for justice remained undiminished. …"
- Gerry Davis, Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet
6. "It wasn't innocent blood. To my father nothing about Amalia ever seemed innocent. He, so furious, so bitter and yet so eager for pleasure, so irascible and so egotistical, couldn't bear that she had a friendly, at times even joyful, relationship with the world. He recognized in it a trace of betrayal."
- Elena Ferrante, Troubling Love
7. "Perhaps the best-known example of social-constructivist history of science is the 1985 book Leviathan and the Air-Pump by Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer. Shapin and Schaffer's book focused on an important controversy from the mid-seventeenth century, the nasty dispute between scientist Robert Boyle and irascible philosopher Thomas Hobbes"
- Howard Margolis, It Started with Copernicus
8. "PAUL I The forty-two-year-old Paul who ascended the throne was neither unintelligent nor uneducated, but he lacked the temperament to serve as a ruler. Filled with hatred for his mother, he often pursued policies simply because they differed from hers. But in addition his personality made him unsuitable for leadership. He was impetuous, highly irascible, vindictive, and utterly inconsistent. To be sure, he subscribed to some lofty ideals and did, in fact, introduce some significant reforms, but at the same time he believed"
- Abraham Ascher, Russia: A Short History
9. "No honking the horn or flashing the lights because you get bored, she warned Irma. Dweezil’s threatened to blow up the car if you throw a tantrum out here. He said you freak out the customers when you do that. The man who looks like an olive claims I freak people out? She gestured to a troll that exited the office. Oh yes, I’m the odd one here. Jazz swallowed her laughter. The last thing she needed to do was encourage the irascible ghost."
- Linda Wisdom, 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover
10. "We like to think of individuals as unique. Yet if this is true of everyone, then we all share the same quality, namely our uniqueness. What we have in common is the fact that we are all uncommon. Everybody is special, which means that nobody is. The truth, however, is that human beings are uncommon only up to a point. There are no qualities that are peculiar to one person alone. Regrettably, there could not be a world in which only one individual was irascible, vindictive or lethally aggressive. This is because human beings are not fundamentally all that different from each other, a truth postmodernists are reluctant to concede. We share an enormous amount in common simply by virtue of being human, and this is revealed by the vocabularies we have for discussing human character. We even share the social processes by which we come to individuate ourselves."
- Terry Eagleton, How to Read Literature