Quotation Explorer - 'Passions'

It is by no means self-evident that human beings are most real when most violently excited; violent physical passions do not in themselves differentiate men from each other, but rather tend to reduce them to the same state. - Thomas Elliot
The passions often engender their contraries. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams
... People with great passions, people who accomplish great deeds, people who possess strong feelings, even people with great minds and a strong personality, rarely come out of good little boys and girls. - Lev S. Vygotsky
How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue. - Jane Austen
We move in response to our conversation partner’s face, and our brain also fires as we move those muscles and stirs the passions. Paralyzing the face is idiotic. - John M. Gottman
While most streams of Buddhism take a contemplative stance on passion, pleasure, and pain, Sufism encourages us to be open to our passions - to dive into the sea, to become at one with the beauty and power of the waves. - Charlotte Kasl
You will find that reason, which always ought to direct mankind, seldom does; but that passions and weaknesses commonly usurp its seat, and rule in its stead. - Philip Dormer Stanhope
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. - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude. - Joseph Addison
If I had been an Italian I am sure that I should have been whole-heartedly with you from the start to finish in your triumphant struggle against the bestial appetites and passions of Leninism."(Speech in Rome on 20 January, 1927, praising Mussolini) - Winston S. Churchill
To some extent a life of celibacy is a picture of how all of us are to live, containing our passions for God’s purposes. - Eric Metaxas
A woman in love respects and raises up her man. She is his constant source of support. She matches his heart and passions with her own. She sees the very best in him, even when he does not. She is his foundation; what he returns home to. - Elizabeth Bourgeret
A man can know nothing of mankind without knowing something of himself. Self-knowledge is the property of that man whose passions have their full play, but who ponders over their results. - Benjamin Disraeli
Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled. - William Blake
What is this thing? trading passions for a tiny bit of acceptance. - Charlotte Eriksson
To live without zest is to live without an appetite for new experiences, to miss out on the spice, the juice, the edge that makes life thrilling. It is to live with deadened, flattened senses, with your passions unaroused and your curiosity untapped. - Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin
Out of passions grow opinions, mental sloth lets these rigidify into convictions. - Friedrich Nietzsche
Solitude, a time for memories, a time to dream, a time for passions to simmer quietly in the dark recesses of the mind, eager to fly yet merely reflections in the minds eye... - Virginia Alison
Countless as the sands of the sea are human passions. - Nikolai Gogol
Let us give ourselves indiscriminately to everything our passions suggest, and we will always be happy…Conscience is not the voice of Nature but only the voice of prejudice. - Marquis de Sade
De toutes les passions, la seule vraiment respectable me paraît être la gourmandise. - Guy de Maupassant
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. - Oscar Wilde
The same state of the passions which fits the multitude, who have not sufficient stock of reason and knowledge to guide them, for opposition to tyranny and oppression, very naturally leads them to a contempt and disregard of all authority. - Alexander Hamilton
When one has attained a state of mind from which the evil passions of the present world have been so utterly winnowed, fear too is forgotten. Thus it was that the priest no longer could understand why Hell should exist. - Yukio Mishima
Isn't that the tragic thing about women? That we live on long after our passions have died? - Olivia Olivia
And how delightful other people's emotions were!-much more delightful than their ideas, it seemed to him. One's own soul, and the passions of one's friends-those were the fascinating things in life. - Oscar Wilde
Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting. - Guy Kawasaki
Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them. - Saint Thomas Aquinas
Hate and love are reciprocal passions. - Gabriel García Márquez
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. - Bertrand Russell
"Know thyself," said the old philosopher, "improve thyself," saith the new. Our great object in time is not to waste our passions and gifts on the things external that we must leave behind, but that we cultivate within us all that we can carry into the eternal progress beyond. - Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Follow your dreams, your passions - your obsessions. Persistence will always turn failure into success. - Cody McLain
Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it's realistic or not. - Deepak Chopra
With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion; and the passions should be held in reverence: they must not they cannot at will be excited, with an eye to the paltry compensations, or the more paltry commendations, of mankind. - Edgar Allan Poe
Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things. - Denis Diderot
J'ai toujours préféré la folie des passions à la sagesse de l'indifférence. - Anatole France
Absence extinguishes small passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out a candle, and blows in a fire.
It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters. - Aesop
Who is wise? He that learns from every One. Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. - Benjamin Franklin
Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses. - Democritus
Christian discipleship is a decision to walk in his ways, steadily and firmly, and then finding that the way integrates all our interests, passions, and gifts, our human needs and eternal aspirations. It is the way of life we were created for. - Eugene H. Peterson
Nothing so removes a man from his inner, mysterious, real life, nothing makes him so deaf and dumb as the picture of these petty passions and petty crimes which calls itself the world of politics. - Vladimir Odoevsky
CURIOSITY, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul. - Ambrose Bierce
A learned man who doesn’t restrain his passions is like a blind man holding a torch, he guides others but not himself. - Shaykh Sa di
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but on the mastery of his passions. - Alfred Tennyson
I used up most of my passions and energies during the years I've mentioned, and though I don't talk much about it, the chief thing I've asked from the world since then is to leave me alone. - James Hilton
Don't exploit your enemy's weakness, for he may have none.Exploit his passions and the battle is yours. - George Norman Lippert
Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after. - Alexander Pope
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint. - Alexander Hamilton
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.…'Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger. - David Hume
PASSIONS are likened best to floods and streams: The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb; - Walter Raleigh
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint. - Alexander Hamilton
His passions make man live, his wisdom merely makes him last. - Nicholas Chamfort
Record what you can, pursue your passions, connect with the world, fight the good fight, defy evil, shine incandescently as best you can. And it doesn't matter what field it's in but, it does matter that we leave something that accumulates over time. - Stefan Molyneux
The world is ruled by such dreams, dreams of impassioned hearts, and improvisations of warm lips, not by cold words linked in chains of iron sequence, --- not by logic. The heart with its passions, not the understanding with its reasoning, sways, in the long run, the actions of mankind. - William Kirby
Think of your passions as you do food, water, shelter...a necessity. If someone told you to give them up, would you listen? - Shelley K. Wall
Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed. - Carl Sandburg
There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you. - Richard Branson
The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual -- when it begins to ignore the passions, the motions -- it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance. - Isaac Bashevis Singer
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. - Oscar Wilde
I felt for the tormented whirlwindsDamned for their carnal sinsCommitted when they let their passions rule their reason. - Dante Alighieri
It is only necessary to make war with five things; with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city and the discords of families. - Pythagoras
Strength instead of being the lusty child of passions, grows by grappling with and subduing them. - James M. Barrie
Don’t pass on your passions, to settle in the stale normality. Endure. Strive. Ensure. - Anthony Liccione
Some people need a super hero to save them, but I am my own super hero. All I need is myself, my strengths and the fiery passions in my heart to overcome the obstacles in my life. - Imania Margria
The artist, depicting man disdainful of the storm and stress of life, is no less reconciling and healing than the poet who, while endowing Nature and Humanity, rejoices in its measureless superiority to human passions and human sorrows.
We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? - Seneca
The only noise now was the rain, pattering softly with the magnificent indifference of nature for the tangled passions of humans. - Sherwood Smith
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. - Benjamin Franklin
Love is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses. - Lao Tzu
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal. - Benjamin Disraeli
There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination. - Edmund Burke
Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee. - Epictetus
But history does repeat itself; that is the comedy and the crime of history. Men learn nothing. Times change. Scenes change. Names change. But passions are the same. - Carlos Fuentes
Freedom in thinking gives you the opportunity to follow your passions and dreams. - Auliq Ice
I believe that music is connected by human passions and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies. - Elvis Costello
The passions are the seeds of vices as well as of virtues, from which either may spring, accordingly as they are nurtured. Unhappy they who have never been taught the art to govern them! - Ann Radcliffe
Let education kindle only those which are truly beneficialto the human species; let it favour those alone which are really necessary to the maintenance of society. The passions of man are dangerous, only because every thing conspires to give them an evil direction. - Paul Henri Thiry d'Holbach
When we find that we have been aroused to anger we must call for God's help like the apostles when they were tossed about by the wind and storm on the waters. He will command your passions to cease and there will be a great calm. - Francis de Sales
Oh,' said a very white body as it threw a wrist watch to the ground which broke without attracting anyone's attention, 'Oh, how can anyone not love poetry, natural machines, large white houses, the brilliance of steel, crimes and wild passions? - Robert Desnos
People with true passions have difficulty relating to the ordinary. - April Mae Monterrosa
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
Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see. - Bernard M. Baruch
We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. - Seneca
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procrustes turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In your pursuit of your passions, always be young. In your relationship with others, always be grown-up. - Tom Brokaw
The passions are the only orators that always persuade. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I never feel that I have comprehended an emotion, or fully lived even the smallest events, until I have reflected upon it in my journal; my pen is my truest confidant, holding in check the passions and disappointments that I dare not share even with my beloved. - Stephanie Barron
To lead a blameless life you must curb your passions , and whatever misfortune may befall you cannot be ascribed by anyone to want of good luck, or attributed to fate; these words are devoid of sense, and all fault will rightly fall on your own head. - Giacomo Casanova
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions. - David Hume
Enthusiasm and passions are the fundamental ingredients of all success. - Debasish Mridha
When I was from Cupid's passions free, my Muse was mute and wrote no elegy. - Ovid
In choosing a mate, don't pick the tallest and most handsome or the most beautiful. Don't choose one just because that person raises your physical passions. Look for the person who is good from within, the one with substance and worth. - Helen Quist Milligan
When you start living under the shadow of somebody, you lose your own personality and your own passions. - Balroop Singh
Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. - Ralph W. Sockman
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
Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
That is the American story. People, just like you, following their passions, determined to meet the times on their own terms. They weren't doing it for the money. Their titles weren't fancy. But they changed the course of history and so can you. - Barack Obama
The overman...Who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative. Aware of life's terrors, he affirms life without resentment. - Friedrich Nietzsche
My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them. - Jack Kerouac
Each and every one of us has his or her calling. Your calling may spring out of your gifts, potentials, talents, passions or hobby. Every man has his or her own niche, where he can function optimally and this is where his true success lies. - Sesan Kareem
Error always addresses the passions and prejudices; truth scorns such mean intrigue, and only addresses the understanding and the conscience.
I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few. - Benjamin Disraeli
Eat, Sleep,Dream, and Live your passions until they become realities. - Susan Segovia Munoz
A man's weakest spots are almost always closest to his passions. - Auliq Ice
No mortal man has ever served at the same time his passions and his best interests. - Sallust
Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression. - Henry Home
There are passions that it is not for man to choose. - Nikolai Gogol
Judge of thine improvement, not by what thou speakest or writest, but by the firmness of thy mind, and the government of thy passions and affections. - Thomas Fuller
Yer beautiful in yer wrath! I shall keep you, and in responding to my passions, yer hatred will kindle into love. - John Wayne
How fleeting are all human passions compared with the massive continuity of ducks.
The more passions and desires one has, the more ways one has of being happy. - Charlotte-Catherine
It is an absurdity to believe that the Deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause - David Hume
Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king. - John Milton
Click any word or name in a quote to explore, or search for more. [JSON] [SOURCE]