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Passion quotes and quotations

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth it's spark.
Henri-Frederic Amiel

Life is action and passion; therefore it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Act nothing in furious passion. It's putting to sea in a storm.
Thomas Fuller

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

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.
Christian Nestell Bovee

My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
Bette Davis

He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
Cicero

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
D. H. Lawrence

Search then the ruling passion; there alone, The wild are constant, and the cunning known; The fool consistent, and the false sincere; Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here.
Alexander Pope

Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
Denis Diderot

The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless.
Dorothy L. Sayers

Judgement, not passion should prevail.
Epicharmus

Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
Georg Wilhelm

Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.
Ice T

Blaze with the fire that is never extinguished.
Luisa Sigea

Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

When the habitually even-tempered suddenly fly into a passion, that explosion is apt to be more impressive than the outburst of the most violent amongst us.
Margery Allingham

I had learnt to seek intensity…more of life, a concentrated sense of life.
Nina Berberova

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
Oprah Winfrey

It's the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
Rebecca West

Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.
Robert Sternberg

There was a disturbance in my heart, a voice that spoke there and said, I want, I want, I want! It happened every afternoon, and when I tried to suppress it it got even stronger.
Saul Bellow

What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire.
Stanley Kunitz

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
Honore De Balzac

I believe that one of life's greatest risks is never daring to risk.
Oprah Winfrey

From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.
Aldous Huxley

Passion holds up the bottom of the universe and genius paints up its roof.
Chang Ch'ao

Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits.
Paul Eldridge

Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.
C C Colton

Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.
Mozart

Passion kept one fully in the present, so that time became a series of mutually exclusive 'nows.'
Sue Halpern

Fountain-heads and pathless groves, Places which pale passion loves!
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Only I discern Infinite passion, and the pain Of finite hearts that yearn.
Robert Browning

For one heat, all know, doth drive out another, One passion doth expel another still.
George Chapman

Filled with fury, rapt, inspir'd.
William Collins

We are ne'er like angels till our passion dies.
Thomas Dekker

Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what's in a name?
Helen Hunt Jackson

All the passions are nothing else than different degrees of heat and cold of the blood.
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Where passion leads or prudence points the way.
Robert Lowth

Take heed lest passion sway Thy judgment to do aught, which else fee will Would not admit.
John Milton

And you, brave Cobham! to the latest breath Shall feel your ruling passion strong in death.
Alexander Pope

If we resist our passions it is more from their weakness than from our strength.
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

In men, we various ruling passions find; In women two almost divide the kind; Those only fix'd, they first or last obey. The love of pleasure, and the love of sway.
Alexander Pope

May I govern my passions with absolute sway, And grow wiser and better as my strength wears away.
Walter Pope

Passions are likened best to floods and streams, The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.
Sir Walter Raleigh

Give me that man That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of heart, As I do thee.
William Shakespeare

Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.
Ovid

What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.
Roland Barthes

The ruling passion, be it what it will, The ruling passion conquers reason still.
Alexander Pope

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
Anthony J D'Angelo

What to ourselves in passion we propose, The passion ending, doth the purpose lose.
William Shakespeare

O that my tongue were in the thunder's mouth! Then with passion would I shake the world, And rouse from sleep that fell anatomy Which cannot hear a lady's feeble voice, Which scorns a modern invocation.
William Shakespeare

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

The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er; So calm are we when passions are no more!
Edmund Waller

But, children, you should never let Such angry passions rise; Your little hands were never made To tear each other's eyes. - Isaac Watts,
Isaac Watts

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

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

I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Orson Welles

Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance.
Anthony J D'Angelo

Alas, why gnaw you so your nether lip? Some bloody passion shakes your very frame. These are portents; but yet I hope, I hope, They do not point on me.
William Shakespeare

Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
Claude A Helvetius

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Oscar Wilde

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

I simple cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards.
Patricia Moyes

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
D H Lawrence

It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted.
Seneca

Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.
C S Lewis

Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently. For in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
William Shakespeare