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ZEAL
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[ Also see Ambition Bigotry Dogmatism Earnestness Enthusiasm Fanaticism Heroes Indifference Intolerance Labor Monomania Passion Prejudice Resolution Soldiers Spirit Work Youth ]

Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated, when it encroaches upon the rights of others.
      - Pasquier Quesnel

Tell zeal it lacks devotion.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

My hat is in the ring.
      - Theodore Roosevelt,
        said in Cleveland, when on his way to Columbus, Ohio

People are zealous for a cause when they are not quite positive that it is true.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

In the ardor of pursuit men soon forget the goal from which they start.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

The zeal of friends it is that razes me,
  And not the hate of enemies.
    [Ger., Der Freunde Eifer ist's, der mich
      Zu Grunde richtet, nicht der Hass der Feinde.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Tod (III, 18, last lines)

We do that in our zeal our calmer moment would be afraid to answer.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Woodstock
         (heading of ch. XVII)

A just cause and a zealous defender make an imperious resolution cut off the tediousness of cautious discussions.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

What I object to Scotch philosophers in general is, that they reason upon man as they would upon a divinity; they pursue truth without caring if it be useful truth.
      - Sydney Smith

Do not too many believe no zeal to be spiritual but what is censorious or vindictive? Whereas no zeal is spiritual that is not also charitable.
      - Thomas Sprat

If I had obeyed God, as I have obeyed him, He would not have punished me.
      - Swamwra of Basra,
        to the Governor of Basra when deposed by the Caliph, see "Ibnu'l Athir", vol. III, p. 412 (ed. Tomberg)

Violent zeal for truth has a hundred to one odds to be either petulancy, ambition, or pride.
      - Jonathan Swift

Not too much zeal.
      - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord

He that does a base thing in zeal for his friend burns the golden thread that ties their hearts together.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Some things will not bear much zeal; and the more earnest we are about them, the less we recommend ourselves to the approbation of sober and considerate men.
      - John Tillotson

Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.
      - John Tillotson

Terms ill defined, and forms misunderstood,
  And customs, when their reasons are unknown,
    Have stirred up many zealous souls
      To fight against imaginary giants.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper,
        Proverbial Philosophy--Of Tolerance

The good which bloodshed could not gain your peaceful zeal shall find.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Press bravely onward!--not in vain
  Your generous trust in human kind;
    The good which bloodshed could not gain
      Your peaceful zeal shall find.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier,
        To the Reformers of England

God approves the depth, but not the tumult, of the soul.
      - William Wordsworth

On such a theme it were impious to be calm; passion is reason, transport, temper, here!
      - Edward Young


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