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Passion Quotes

In how many lives does love really play a dominant part The average taxpayer is no more capable of the grand passion than of a grand opera. Israel Zangwill
Love is substance; Lust, illusion. Only in the surge of passion do the two mingle in confusion. Calvin Miller, The Singer Trilogy
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason. Cicero
Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. Clive Staples Lewis
The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman. Honore de Balzac
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
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability. Oscar Wilde
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
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 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
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
We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. Abraham Lincoln
The capacity for passion is both cruel and divine. George Sand
Sexual pleasure is, I agree, a passion to which all others are subordinate but in which they all unite. Marquis de Sade
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
Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible. William Sloane Coffin, http://www.pbs.org/now/society/coffin.html
I simply cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards. Patricia Moyes
A grand passion is the privelege of people who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook. Joseph Conrad
As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived. Oliver Wendell Holmes
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