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Passion Quotes

There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function. Georges Clemenceau
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
The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman. Honore de Balzac
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 worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. Dorothy L. Sayers, O Magazine, September 2003
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
Love is substance; Lust, illusion. Only in the surge of passion do the two mingle in confusion. Calvin Miller, The Singer Trilogy
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.
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
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
Sexual pleasure is, I agree, a passion to which all others are subordinate but in which they all unite. Marquis de Sade
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
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
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
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 human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists of Ten Best. H. Allen Smith
What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself. Roland Barthes, Esprit
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 capacity for passion is both cruel and divine. George Sand
Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society. Benjamin Franklin
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