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Passion Quotes

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
Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. Niccolo Machiavelli
Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society. Daniel Webster
Intellectual passion dries out sensuality. Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks
A grand passion is the privelege of people who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits. Paul Eldridge
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
Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against passion and your appetite. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
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
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
Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible. William Sloane Coffin, http://www.pbs.org/now/society/coffin.html
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
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
He was then in his fifty-fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards. G. C. Lichtenberg
He fell in love with himself at first sight, and it is a passion to which he has always remained faithful. Self-love seems so often unrequited. Anthony Powell
Love is substance; Lust, illusion. Only in the surge of passion do the two mingle in confusion. Calvin Miller, The Singer Trilogy
There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function. Georges Clemenceau
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
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
Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual. C. C. Colton
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