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PASSION
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[ Also see Anger Appetite Desire Emotion Enthusiasm Equanimity Excitement Feeling Hatred Impulse Indifference Love Lust Quarrels Rage Resentment Revenge Spirit Temper Temptation Zeal ]

He whom passion rules, is bent to meet his death.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.
      - Bishop Robert South

Words may be counterfeit, false coined, and current only from the tongue, without the mind; but passion is in the soul, and always speaks the heart.
      - Thomas Southerne (Southern)

Passion is the great mover and spring of the soul. When men's passions are strongest, they may have great and noble effects; but they are then also apt to fall into the greatest miscarriages.
      - Thomas Sprat

Men spend their lives in the service of their passions, instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives.
      - Sir Richard Steele

We should employ our passions in the service of life, not spend life in the service of our passions.
      - Sir Richard Steele

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

Who is strong? He who subdues his passions.
      - The Talmud

He will hold thee, when his passion shall have spent its novel force,
  Something better than his dog, a little dearer than his horse.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
         (st. 25)

No man's body is as strong as his appetites, but Heaven has corrected the boundlessness of his voluptuous desires by stinting his strength and contracting his capacities.
      - John Tillotson

The passions are the winds which fill the sails of the vessel; they sink it at times, but without them it would be impossible to make way. Bile makes man passionate and sick; but without bile man could not live.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er;
  So calm are we when passions are no more!
      - Edmund Waller, On Divine Poems (l. 7)

The passions are the gales of life; and it is religion only that can prevent them from rising into a tempest.
      - Isaac Watts

But, children, you should never let
  Such angry passions rise;
    Your little hands were never made
      To tear each other's eyes.
      - Isaac Watts,
        Divine Songs for Children--Against Quarreling and Fighting

Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        The Picture of Dorian Gray

True passion is not a wisp light; it is a consuming flame, and either it must find fruition or it will burn the human heart to dust and ashes.
      - William Winter

And beauty, for confiding youth,
  Those shocks of passion can prepare
    That kill the bloom before its time,
      And blanch, without the owner's crime,
        The most resplendent hair.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Lament of Mary, Queen of Scots

When reason, like the skilful charioteer,
  Can break the fiery passions to the bit,
    And, spite of their licentious sallies, keep
      The radiant tract of glory; passions, then,
        Are aids and ornaments. Triumphant reason,
          Firm in her seat, and swift in her career,
            Enjoys their violence, and, smiling, thanks
              Their formidable flame, for bright renown.
      - Edward Young


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