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Passion Quotes

Intellectual passion dries out sensuality. Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks
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
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
Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits. Paul Eldridge
As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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
A grand passion is the privelege of people who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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
The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. Dorothy L. Sayers, O Magazine, September 2003
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
Their element is to attack, to track, to hunt, and to destroy the enemy. Only in this way can the eager and skillful fighter pilot display his ability. Tie him to a narrow and confined task, rob him of his initiative, and you take away from him the best and most valuable qualities he posses: aggressive spirit, joy of action, and the passion of the hunter. LtGen Adolf Galland, Luftwaffe
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
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
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
What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself. Roland Barthes, Esprit
Love is substance; Lust, illusion. Only in the surge of passion do the two mingle in confusion. Calvin Miller, The Singer Trilogy
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
The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman. Honore de Balzac
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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