Meaningful Quotes about Passion
The passions are the gales of life; and it is religion only that can prevent them from rising into a tempest.—Dr. Watts.
Strong as our passions are, they may be starved into submission, and conquered without being killed.—Colton.
The ruling passion, be it what it will,
The ruling passion conquers reason still.
Men spend their lives in the service of their passions, instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives.—Steele.
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.—Jortin.
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.—Fuller.
In the human breast two master-passions cannot coexist.—Campbell.
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.—From the French.
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. Jameson.
Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God.—Confucius.
Men will always act according to their passions. Therefore the best government is that which inspires the nobler passions and destroys the meaner.—Jacobi.
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.—Joubert.
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.—Helps.
As rivers, when they overflow, drown those grounds, and ruin those husbandmen, which, whilst they flowed calmly betwixt their banks, they fertilized and enriched; so our passions, when they grow exorbitant and unruly, destroy those virtues, to which they may be very serviceable whilst they keep within their bounds.—Boyle.
Passion costs too much to bestow it upon every trifle.—Rev. Thomas Adam.
Words may be counterfeit, false coined, and current only from the tongue, without the mind; but passion is in the soul, and always speaks the heart.—Southern.
A genuine passion is like a mountain stream; it admits of no impediment; it cannot go backward; it must go forward.—Bovee.
Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.—South.
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.
One master-passion in the breast,
Like Aaron's serpent, swallows up the rest.
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!
A great passion has no partner.—Lavater.
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.
He who is passionate and hasty is generally honest. It is your cool, dissembling hypocrite of whom you should beware.—Lavater.
The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.—Bovee.
It is not the absence, but the mastery, of our passions which affords happiness.—Mme. de Maintenon.