quotations about passion
Passion is Love's blind guide, but the only one he hath.
RICHARD GARNETT, De Flagello Myrtes
Passion can be blinding when not properly appropriated. If one is not careful, the same passion that launched the idea could destroy the dream.
SAMUEL MPAMUGO, "Raw passion can harm go-getters", The Kenya Star, November 19, 2016
Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Coningsby
Human passion is a heavy working charge of electricity, which runs safely and profitably through the cable reason; but, if the cable is broken, the current becomes dangerous.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
DENIS DIDEROT, Discours sur la poésie dramatique
Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason.
JOHN WESLEY, letter to Joseph Benson, October 5, 1770
The great attraction and the great danger of passion is that it is something outside of oneself, a strong wind from nowhere in the face of which the forest of everyday thought and behavior cannot stand.
DAN SIMMONS, Lovedeath
All passions are exaggerated, otherwise they would not be passions.
CHAMFORT, The Cynic's Breviary
Passion gives me moments of wholeness.
ANAÏS NIN, diary, February 1932
While the happiest retirees have a passion, they leave enough room in their lives for the other spokes of the wheel.
LARRY JACOBSON, "The happiest retirees have learned this lesson", Market Watch, November 23, 2016
I cannot imagine following any leader who does not have passion as a key aspect of their leadership philosophy. First, they would bore me. Second, they would cause me to lower my energy level, and finally, they would make me worry as to why they were not more excited about both the present and the future.
RYAN T. SAUERS, "Passionate Leadership: Makes the Difference", Printing Impressions, December 1, 2016
For one heat, all know, doth drive out another,
One passion doth expel another still.
GEORGE CHAPMAN, Monsieur D'Olive
In the composition of the human frame there is a good deal of inflammable matter, however dormant it may lie for a time.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Eleanor Parke Custis, January 16, 1795
What passion cannot Music raise and quell?
JOHN DRYDEN, St. Cecilia's Day
No matter how successful a relationship may be, both sexually and emotionally, the lack of money can hamper and undermine, little by little, even the greatest passion.
LAURA ESQUIVEL, Swift as Desire
We are ne'er like angels till our passion dies.
THOMAS DEKKER, The Honest Whore
There are moments when our passions speak and decide for us ... like a fire kindled within our being to which everything else in us is mere fuel.
GEORGE ELIOT, Romola
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
EDMUND BURKE, On the Sublime and Beautiful
Passion alone the abysses
Lights, while we grope up the rifted
Slopes; our spirits it kisses,
Ere into the deeps we are drifted.
HENRI CAZALIS, "Always"
There is no human being who having both passions and thoughts does not think in consequences of his passions--does not find images rising in his mind which soothe the passion with hope or sting it with dread.
GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch