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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 ]

Women are much more alike than men; they have, in truth, but two passions, vanity and love; these are their universal characteristics.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Filled with fury, rapt, inspir'd.
      - William Collins, The Passions (l. 10)

Strong as our passions are, they may be starved into submission, and conquered without being killed.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There is a holy love and a holy rage, and our best virtues never glow so brightly as when our passions are excited in the cause. Sloth, if it has prevented many crimes, has also smothered many virtues; and the best of us are better when roused.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God.
      - Confucius

Oh how the passions, insolent and strong,
  Bear our weak minds their rapid course along;
    Make us the madness of their will obey;
      Then die and leave us to our griefs a prey!
      - George Crabbe

The passions may be humored till they become our masters, as a horse may be pampered till he gets the better of his rider; but early discipline will prevent mutiny, and keep the helm in the hands of reason.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

Come, come, it's only the passions that make you think.
      - Madame Marie Anne du Deffand,
        to Horace Walpole

We are ne'er like angels till our passion dies.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker), The Honest Whore
         (pt. II, act I, sc. 2)

Steel assassinates; the passions kill.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Passion is always suffering, even when gratified.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Hold not conference, debate, or reasoning with any lust; 'tis but a preparatory for thy admission of it. The way is at the very first flatly to deny it.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

The passions are at once tempters and chastisers. As tempters, they come with garlands of flowers on brows of youth; as chastisers, they appear with wreaths of snakes on the forehead of deformity. They are angels of light in their delusion; they are fiends of torment in their inflictions.
      - Henry Giles

Great passions are incurable diseases.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Passions are defects or virtues in the highest power.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The passions are like those demons with which Afrasahiab sailed down the Orus. Our only safety consists in keeping them asleep. If they we are lost.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The most common-place people become highly imaginative when they are in a passion. Whole dramas of insult, injury, and wrong pass before their minds,--efforts of creative genius, for there is sometimes not a fact to go upon.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

The men of sense, the idols of the shallow, are very inferior to the men of passions. It is the strong passions which, rescuing us from sloth, impart to us that continuous and earnest attention necessary to great intellectual efforts.
      - Claude Arien Helvetius

Lose not thyself, nor give thy humors way;
  God gave them to thee under lock and key.
      - George Herbert

Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter.
      - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (ch. 6)


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