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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 ]

Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame;
  Each to his passion; what's in a name?
      - Helen Hunt Jackson (Helen Hunt),
        Vanity of Vanities

Men will always act according to their passions. Therefore the best government is that which inspires the nobler passions and destroys the meaner.
      - Hermann Jacobi

Even virtue itself, all perfect as it is, requires to be inspirited by passion; for duties are but coldly performed which are but philosophically fulfilled.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

The art of governing the passions is more useful, and more important, than many things in the search and pursuit of which we spend our days. Without this art, riches and health, and skill and knowledge, will give us little satisfaction; and whatsoever else we be, we can be neither happy, nor wise, nor good.
      - John Jortin

The passions should be purged; all may become innocent if they are well directed and moderated. Even hatred maybe a commendable feeling when it is caused by a lively love of good. Whatever makes the passions pure, makes them stronger, more durable, and more enjoyable.
      - Joseph Joubert

We use up in the passions the stuff that was given us for happiness.
      - Joseph Joubert

Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.
      - Karl Kraus

If we resist our passions it is more from their weakness than from our strength.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 125)

All the passions are nothing else than different degrees of heat and cold of the blood.
  [Fr., Toutes les passions ne sout autre chose que les divers degres de la chaleur et de la froideur du sang.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld,
        Premier Supplement (VIII)

A great passion has no partner.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

He submits himself to be seen through a microscope, who suffers himself to be caught in a fit of passion.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

He who is passionate and hasty is generally honest. It is your cool, dissembling hypocrite of whom you should beware.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The passions do not die out; they burn out.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

Passions, as fire and water, are good servants, but bad masters, and subminister to the best and worst purposes.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Exalted souls
  Have passions in proportion violent,
    Resistless, and tormenting; they're a tax
      Imposed by nature on pre-eminence,
        And fortitude and wisdom must support them.
      - George Lillo

The blossoms of passions, gay luxuriant flowers, are brighter and fuller of fragrance; but they beguile us and lead us astray, and their odor is deadly.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Weak minds make treaties with the passions they cannot overcome, and try to purchase happiness at the expense of principle; but the resolute will of a strong man scorns such means, and struggles nobly with his foe to achieve great deeds.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Where passion leads or prudence points the way.
      - Robert Lowth (Louth),
        The Choice of Hercules (1)

It is not the absence, but the mastery, of our passions which affords happiness.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

Take heed lest passion sway
  Thy judgment to do aught, which else free will
    Would not admit.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VIII, l. 634)

Passion makes us feel, but never see clearly.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Alas! too well,. too well they know
  The pain, the penitence, the woe
    That passion brings down on the best,
      The wisest and the loveliest.
      - Thomas Moore

Out of passions grow opinions; mental sloth lets these rigidify into convictions.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The passions act as winds to propel our vessel, our reason is the pilot that steers her; without the winds she would not move, without the pilot she would be lost.
      - Old French Saying

When the tongue or the pen is let loose in a frenzy of passion, it is the man, and not the subject, that becomes exhausted.
      - Thomas Paine


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