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Passion Quotes

Intellectual passion dries out sensuality. Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks
Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. Niccolo Machiavelli
What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself. Roland Barthes, Esprit
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Edmund Burke, "A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful", 1756
The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman. Honore de Balzac
There is only one universal passion fear. George Bernard Shaw
The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination. Elizabeth Hardwick
The link between ideas and action is rarely direct. There is almost always an intermediate step in which the idea is overcome. De Tocqueville points out that it is at times when passions start to govern human affairs that ideas are most obviously translated into political action. The translation of ideas into action is usually in the hands of people least likely to follow rational motives. Hence, it is that action is often the nemesis of ideas, and sometimes of the men who formulate them. One of the marks of the truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action. Eric Hoffer
The pleasure of love is in the loving and there is more joy in the passion one feels than in that which one inspires. La Rochefoucauld
A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair. Abraham Joshua Heschel
Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television. Rita Mae Brown
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason. Cicero
There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function. Georges Clemenceau
Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair. C. S. Lewis
The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money. Mark Twain
Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you. G. M. Trevelyan
The holy passion of Friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money. Mark Twain
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
It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to. George Santayana
Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth. Umberto Eco
( quotes are updated each month )