Passion Quotes

A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.
Fawn M. Brodie
Passion governs, and she never governs wisely.
Benjamin Franklin, In response to the situation of the colonists

Playing seems to be both disinterested and passionate at the same time disinterested in that it is not for real, and passionate in the absorption it requires.
Oliver Bevan
Samuel taylor coleridge - all thoughts, all passions, all delights whatever...
G. m. trevelyan - anger is a momentary madness, so control your...
Leonardo da vinci, the notebooks - intellectual passion dries out sensuality....

Absence lessens the minor passions and increases the great ones, as the wind douses a candle and kindles a fire.
La Rochefoucauld
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires and fears is more than a King.
John Milton
Error always addresses the passions and prejudices; truth scorns such mean intrigue, and only addresses the understanding and the conscience.
Azel Backus
What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in the maturer life.
Edward Bulwer - Lytton
Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.
Ovid
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Orson Welles
Yer beautiful in yer wrath! I shall keep you, and in responding to my passions, yer hatred will kindle into love.
John Wayne, (as Genghis Kahn to Susan Hayward in the move The Conqueror) 1956
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
Cicero
It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
Andr Gide
Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.
Bernard M. Baruch
If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility.
Sren Aaby Kierkegaard
There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function.
Georges Clemenceau
Private passions grow tired and wear themselves out political passions, never.
Alphonse Marie Louis de Lamartine
As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.
Ursula K. LeGuin
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Albert Schweitze
Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.
Dean Koontz
We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory shall swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of nature.
Abraham Lincoln
I wanted to become the seeker, the aroused and passionate explorer, and it was better going at it knowing nothing at all, always choosing the unmarked bottle, always choosing your own unproven method, armed with nothing but faith and a belief in astonishment.
Pat Conroy, "The Lords of Discipline".
It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.
Aesop
There is only one universal passion fear.
George Bernard Shaw
You can make those promises with just as much passion the second time around. Such is the regenerative power of the human heart.
Marion Wink, O Magazine, 2003
The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists of Ten Best.
H. Allen Smith
Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering.
Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading.
Rufus Choate
The worst sin - Perhaps the only sin - Passion can commit, is to be joyless.
Dorothy L. Sayers, O Magazine, September 2003
Never underestimate the power of passion.
Eve Sawye
Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.
George Santayana
Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
Denis Diderot
The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.
Auguste Renoi
The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.
Honore de Balzac
Feeling passionate about something is like getting a peak at your soul smiling back at you.
Amanda Medinge
In the South where slavery still exists, the Negroes are less carefully kept apart they sometimes share the labors and the recreations of the whites the whites consent to intermix with them to a certain extent, and although legislation treats them more harshly, the habits of the people are more tolerant and compassionate.
Alexis Charles Henri Clrel de Tocqueville
In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality.... The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral.
George Santayana
Some people think only intellect counts knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.
Dean Koontz