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When the passions become masters, they are vices.
      - Blaise Pascal

Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.
      - William Penn

Passion may not unfitly be termed the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.
      - William Penn

The difference between passion and love is that this is fixed, that volatile. Love grows, passion wastes, by enjoyment; and the reason is that one springs from a union of souls, and the other springs from a union of sense.
      - William Penn

One master-passion in the breast,
  Like Aaron's serpent, swallows up the rest.
      - Alexander Pope

Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.
      - Alexander Pope

The ruling passion conquers reason still.
      - Alexander Pope

Search then the ruling passion; there alone,
  The wild are constant, and the cunning known;
    The fool consistent, and the false sincere;
      Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, l. 174)

And you, brave Cobham! to the latest breath
  Shall feel your ruling passion strong in death.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, l. 262)

In men, we various ruling passions find;
  In women two almost divide the kind;
    Those only fix'd, they first or last obey.
      The love of pleasure, and the love of sway.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 207)

The ruling passion, be it what it will,
  The ruling passion conquers reason still.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. III, l. 153)

May I govern my passions with absolute sway,
  And grow wiser and better as my strength wears away.
      - Walter Pope, The Old Man's Wish

Govern your passions, or they will govern you.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

The mind hath not reason to remember that passions ought to be her vassals, not her masters.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Passions are likened best to floods and streams,
  The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1), The Silent Lover

Passions are like storms which, full of present mischief, serve to purify the atmosphere.
      - Andrew Michael Ramsay (Chevalier de Ramsay)

The passions are the voice of the body.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Rage is the shortest passion of our souls,
  Like narrow brooks that rise with sudden showers,
    It swells in haste, and falls again as soon.
      Still as it ebbs, the softer thoughts flow in,
        And the deceiver, love, supplies its place.
      - Nicholas Rowe

His soul, like bark with rudder lost,
  On passion's changeful tide was tost;
    Nor vice nor virtue had the power
      Beyond th' impression of the hour;
        And O, when passion rules, how rare
          The hours that fall to virtue's share!
      - Sir Walter Scott

Let the sap of reason quench the fire of passion.
      - William Shakespeare

Passion makes the will lord of the reason.
      - William Shakespeare

Give me that man
  That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him
    In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of heart,
      As I do thee.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

What to ourselves in passion we propose,
  The passion ending, doth the purpose lose.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at III, ii)

Alas, why gnaw you so your nether lip?
  Some bloody passion shakes your very frame.
    These are portents; but yet I hope, I hope,
      They do not point on me.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Desdemona at V, ii)

O that my tongue were in the thunder's mouth!
  Then with passion would I shake the world,
    And rouse from sleep that fell anatomy
      Which cannot hear a lady's feeble voice,
        Which scorns a modern invocation.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv)

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