Passions Quotes

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Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Elizabeth Bowen Quote
We are minor in everything but our passions.
Elizabeth Bowen

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

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

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

Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.
Eleanor Roosevelt

In music the passions enjoy themselves.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
Lao Tzu

Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear.
Marquis de Sade

Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
Voltaire

All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
Bill Cosby

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

If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The passions are the only orators which always persuade.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.
Carl Jung

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.
Bodhidharma

In bridge clubs and in councils of state, the passions are the same.
Mason Cooley

My passions have never jumped out of the fireplace and set fire to the carpet.
Mason Cooley

Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera.
Mason Cooley

The passions are the same in every conflict, large or small.
Mason Cooley

As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
Lord Byron

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 abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love is only one of many passions.
Samuel Johnson

The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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

Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.

My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.

Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.

I’ve always admitted that I’m ruled by my passions.
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.
There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
Eric Hoffer

Passions are the gales of life.
Alexander Pope

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

Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
Honore de Balzac

Out of chaos God made a world, and out of high passions comes a people.
Lord Byron

Great passions, my dear, don’t exist: they’re liars fantasies. What do exist are little loves that may last for a short or a longer while.
Anna Magnani

The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his passions.
Samuel Richardson

Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.
Deepak Chopra

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

Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearences.
Soren Kierkegaard

The time at our disposal each day is elastic; the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it.
Marcel Proust

Man is to be found in reason, God in the passions.
Georg C. Lichtenberg

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.
David Hume

I believe we have become paralyzed, paralyzed by our desire to be loved. Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times.
Chris Christie

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When I’m getting to know someone, I look for someone who has passions that I respect, like his career. Someone who loves what he does is really attractive.
Taylor Swift

He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.
John Milton

All thoughts, all passions, all delights Whatever stirs this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.
William Butler Yeats

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

Houses are one of my passions. I probably should have been an interior decorator.
Gene Tierney

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
Thomas Aquinas

Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.
Epictetus

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
Vladimir Nabokov

I think the best thing for you to do is just live your life. Live a life that’s worth living, one where you do what you want to do, pursue your passions. That way, if you meet someone, they’ll be joining a life that’s already really good.
Dan Savage

Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times.
Chris Christie

What passions cannot music raise or quell?
John Dryden

Millions of people were inspired by the Apollo Program. I was five years old when I watched Apollo 11 unfold on television, and without any doubt it was a big contributor to my passions for science, engineering, and exploration.
Jeff Bezos

The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it is independent of persons.
Susan Sontag

Music is the career I’m lucky enough to get paid for, but I have other desires and passions.
Layne Staley

The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.
Soren Kierkegaard

To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster!
Denis Diderot

One declaims endlessly against the passions; one imputes all of man’s suffering to them. One forgets that they are also the source of all his pleasures.
Denis Diderot

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

The design of Rhetoric is to remove those Prejudices that lie in the way of Truth, to Reduce the Passions to the Government of Reasons; to place our Subject in a Right Light, and excite our Hearers to a due consideration of it.
Mary Astell

I’m American. I’m eclectic. I’m going to follow my musical passions. And if people don’t like it, and it hurts my legacy, I’m not going to worry about that.
Renee Fleming

Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions.
David Hume

Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.
Marquis de Sade

They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.
Marquis de Sade

It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.

Having spent so much of my life with Shakespeare’s world, passions and ideas in my head and in my mouth, he feels like a friend – someone who just went out of the room to get another bottle of wine.
Patrick Stewart

In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.
Stendhal

The passions of the young are vices in the old.
Joseph Joubert

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 Baruch

The more a race is governed by its passions, the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument, the more intense will be its love of music.
Stendhal

Our true passions are selfish.
Stendhal

I was a crazy young man who let himself be blinded by his passions and obeyed only the impulses of the moment.
Gustav Mahler

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

Why cannot we correct the baneful passions, without weakening the good?
Zebulon Pike

Both our senses and our passions are a supply to the imperfection of our nature; thus they show that we are such sort of creatures as to stand in need of those helps which higher orders of creatures do not.
Joseph Butler

Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
Oliver Goldsmith

The assumption is that the right kind of society is an organic being not merely analogous to an organic being, but actually a living structure with appetites and digestions, instincts and passions, intelligence and reason.
Herbert Read

No mortal man has ever served at the same time his passions and his best interests.
Sallust

Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.
Laurence Sterne

You’ll be much more successful if you follow your dreams and follow your passions.
Jay Weatherill

All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
Nicolas Chamfort

I believe that music is connected by human passions and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies.
Elvis Costello

I stopped acting because I had other passions I wanted to pursue.
Tina Yothers

Try hard to find out what you’re good at and what your passions are, and where the two converge, and build your life around that.
Joshua Lederberg

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.
Angela Carter

And in a way, that’s been a help to me, because I take great passions for a particular poet – sometimes it lasts for many years, sometimes only for a while. This happens to everybody.
Norman MacCaig

We build our technologies as a way of addressing all our anxieties and desires. They are our passions congealed into these prosthetic extensions of ourselves. And they do it in a way that reflects what we dream ourselves capable of doing.
Richard Powers

When I say manage emotions, I only mean the really distressing, incapacitating emotions. Feeling emotions is what makes life rich. You need your passions.
Daniel Goleman

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 emotions – it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Every man hath a general desire of his own happiness; and likewise a variety of particular affections, passions, and appetites to particular external objects.
Joseph Butler

Every one of our passions and affections hath its natural stint and bound, which may easily be exceeded; whereas our enjoyments can possibly be but in a determinate measure and degree.
Joseph Butler

Happiness or satisfaction consists only in the enjoyment of those objects which are by nature suited to our several particular appetites, passions, and affections.
Joseph Butler

The private interest of the individual would not be sufficiently provided for by reasonable and cool self-love alone; therefore the appetites and passions are placed within as a guard and further security, without which it would not be taken due care of.
Joseph Butler

The literature of the inner life is very largely a record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self.
Charles Horton Cooley

The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget.
William Osler

When I was younger, I was in love with everything about the British Isles, from British folklore to Celtic music. That was always where my passions were as a young girl, and so I studied folklore as a college student in England and Ireland.
Terri Windling

One of my great passions is the collection of historical trivia.
Lynn Abbey

We must not let our passions destroy our dreams.
Thomas S. Monson

The part of me which wanders through my mind and never sees or feels actual objects, but which lives in and moves through my passions and my emotions, experiences this world as a horrible nightmare.
Jack Henry Abbott

Basically, fundamentalism is a modern phenomenon. In the same way that Hitler evoked a mythological religion of German purity and the glory of the past, the Islamists use religion to evoke emotions and passions in people who have been oppressed for a long time in order to reach their purpose.
Azar Nafisi

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

I deliberately wrote a poem in my last book where I was suggesting that there are other passions as great as or more important than the passion of sex.
Thom Gunn

When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.
Alexander Hamilton

Our enemies are our evil deeds and their memories, our pride, our selfishness, our malice, our passions, which by conscience or by habit pursue us with a relentlessness past the power of figure to express.

More and more the world is growing to love a lover, and one has only to read the newspapers to see how sympathetic are the times to any generous and adventurous display of the passions.
Richard Le Gallienne

Great passions may give us a quickened sense of life, ecstasy and sorrow of love, the various forms of enthusiastic activity, disinterested or otherwise, which comes naturally to many of us.
Walter Pater

Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.
George Will

I’m pretty upfront about my love and admiration for the military. One of the perks of making movies is that you get to sort of follow your own passions, and I believe quite passionately that we don’t pay enough attention and respect to our veterans. Not just our wounded veterans, but all veterans.
Peter Berg

Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted.
Ralph W. Sockman

The idea is that the state doesn’t have rights to limit individuals’ wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire.
Rick Santorum

Countless as the sands of the sea are human passions.
Nikolai Gogol

Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions; it is the only one which includes in its dreams the happiness of someone else.
Alphonse Karr

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

The true God He has extension, and form, and dimensions. He occupies space; has a body, parts, and passions; can go from place to place. He can eat, drink, and talk.
Orson Pratt

The old interests of aristocracy – the romance of action, the exalted passions of chivalry and war – faded into the background, and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization.
Lytton Strachey

I now bid farewell to the country of my birth – of my passions – of my death; a country whose misfortunes have invoked my sympathies – whose factions I sought to quell – whose intelligence I prompted to a lofty aim – whose freedom has been my fatal dream.
Thomas Francis Meagher

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.
Horace Walpole

Of all the passions of mankind, the love of novelty most rules the mind. In search of this, from realm to realm we roam. Our fleets come loaded with every folly home.
Shelby Foote

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He who is incapable of feeling strong passions, of being shaken by anger, of living in every sense of the word, will never be a good actor.
Sarah Bernhardt

I just love real characters, they’re not pretentious, and every emotion is on the surface, they’re regular working people. Their likes, their dislikes, their loves, their hates, their passions; they’re all right there on the surface.
David O. Russell

I had too many big passions in life and it gets in the way of work. You can’t concentrate properly on the one thing.
Omar Sharif

So Liam and movies are obviously big passions, and I read and write.
Faye Dunaway

Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies.
Joseph Wood Krutch

Many things are unknown to the wisest, and the best men can never wholly divest themselves of passions and affections… nothing can or ought to be permanent but that which is perfect.
Algernon Sydney

I went further and further back through the centuries to get a sense of perspective but now at least I understand why Irish history evokes such strong passions and emotions.
James D’arcy

You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas.
Alexander Herzen

They sin who tell us Love can die: with Life all other passions fly, all others are but vanity.
Robert Southey

Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
Alphonse de Lamartine

But the wicked passions of men’s hearts alone seem strong enough to leave pictures that persist; the good are ever too luke-warm.
Algernon H. Blackwood

To be exempt from the Passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing Solitude.
Richard Steele

That neither our thoughts, nor passions, nor ideas formed by the imagination, exist without the mind, is what every body will allow.
George Berkeley

Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors.
Antoine Rivarol

Vices are often habits rather than passions.
Antoine Rivarol

One guy that I wish was here right now, Ted Williams, helped me so much, our long talks, not about hitting but about fishing, one of Ted’s passions, and I wish he was here today to share this with me because I owe so much to Ted Williams.
Wade Boggs

Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
Claud-Adrian Helvetius

One needs occasionally to stand aside from the hum and rush of human interests and passions to hear the voices of God.
Anna Julia Cooper

I have lived and slept in the same bed with English countesses and Prussian farm women… no woman has excited passions among women more than I have.
Florence Nightingale

When we, through our educational culture, through the media, through the entertainment culture, give our children the impression that human beings cannot control their passions, we are telling them, in effect, that human beings cannot be trusted with freedom.
Alan Keyes

A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate.
Baroness Orczy

I didn’t always want to act. My passion was writing, and it still is one of my primary passions to this day, but it wasn’t until high school when I started acting in plays that it became a thought of something I might want to do. And when I applied to colleges, at NYU, I was able to study both writing and acting.
Bryce Dallas Howard

All the dark, malevolent Passions of the Soul are roused and exerted; its mild and amiable affections are suppressed; and with them, virtuous Principles are laid prostrate.
Charles Inglis

The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.
Alfred Jarry

A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.

Traveling is one of my great passions and something I do a lot of.
Sabrina Lloyd

Large parties given to very young children… foster the passions of vanity and envy, and produce a love of dress and display which is very repulsive in the character of a child.
Susanna Moodie

It is first and foremost very hard work! But I have a wonderful part and I do have fun. The company, cast and crew of ‘Passions’ are wonderful to work with.
Juliet Mills

Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression.
Henry Home

Men wholly bent on wordly treasures were the dupes of their own passions, rather than deceived by the writings or pretenses of those who claimed to be Alchemists.
Ethan A. Hitchcock

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
Claude Adrien Helvetius

We are people with all the hopes, dreams, passions, and faults of everyone else. Eighty percent of us are born into families with no history of dwarfism.
Billy Barty

Touch’d either the Passions of Rage or Grief to a Miracle.
Barton Booth

All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.
Adolf Hitler 

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