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ENTHUSIASM
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[ Also see Ambition Character Devotion Earnestness Indifference Inspiration Passion Sincerity Spirit Strength Vivacity Will Youth Zeal ]

There is not a more melancholy object than a man who has his head turned with religious enthusiasm.
      - Joseph Addison

Enthusiasm imparts itself magnetically and fuses all into one happy and harmonious unity of feeling and sentiment.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

If you can give your son only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.
      - Bruce Barton

In things pertaining to enthusiasm no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Let us beware of losing our enthusiasms. Let us ever glory in something, and strive to retain our admiration for all that would ennoble, and our interest in all that would enrich and beautify our life.
      - Phillips Brooks

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Religion is among the most powerful causes of enthusiasm.
      - Edmund Burke

And rash enthusiasm in good society
  Were nothing but a moral inebriety.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

However, 'tis expedient to be wary:
  Indifference certes don't produce distress;
    And rash enthusiasm in good society
      Were nothing but a moral inebriety.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XIII, st. 35)

They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. Difficulty, abnegation, martyrdom, death, are the allurements that act on the heart of man. Kindle the inner genial life of him, you have a flame that burns up all lower considerations. Not happiness, but something higher; one sees this even in the frivolous classes, with their "point of honor" and the like. Not by flattering our appetites--no, by awakening the heroic that slumbers in every heart can any religious gain follow.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.
      - Dale Carnegie

Enthusiasm is a virtue rarely to be met with in seasons of calm and unruffled prosperity. Enthusiasm flourishes in adversity, kindles in the hour of danger, and awakens to deeds of renown. The terrors of persecution only serve to quicken the energy of its purposes. It swells in proud integrity, and, great in the purity of its cause, it can scatter defiance amidst hosts of enemies.
      - Thomas Chalmers

All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage and grow wiser and more serene.
      - William Ellery Channing

Enlist the interests of stern Morality and religious Enthusiasm in the cause of Political Liberty, as in the time of the old Puritans, and it will be irresistible.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
      - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

The enthusiast has been compared to a man walking in a fog; everything immediately around him, or in contact with him, appears sufficiently clear and luminous; but beyond the little circle of which he himself is the centre, all is mist and error and confusion.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

No wild enthusiast ever yet could rest,
  Till half mankind were like himself possess'd.
      - William Cowper, Progress of Error (l. 470)

You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own.
      - Clarence Day

Enthusiasm is the breath of genius.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

That youthful fervor, which is sometimes called enthusiasm, but which is a heat of imagination subsequently discovered to be inconsistent with the experience of actual life.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius, throwing the reader of a book, or the spectator of a statue, into the very ideal presence whence these works have really originated. A great work always leaves us in a state of musing.
      - Isaac D'Israeli, Literary Character
         (ch. XII, last lines)

Enthusiasm is the element of success in everything. It is the light that leads and the strength that lifts men on and up in the great struggles of scientific pursuits and of professional labor. It robs endurance of difficulty, and makes a pleasure of duty.
      - Bishop George Washington Doane

Enthusiasm goes out.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the height of man; it is the passing from the human to the divine.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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