Passion

We welcome passion, for the mind is briefly let off duty. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
Love is often gentle, desire always a rage. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. ~Benjamin Franklin
It is with our passions as it is with fire and water; they are good servants, but bad masters. ~Roger L’Estrange, Aesop’s Fables, 1692
Passion and prejudice govern the world, only under the name of reason. ~John Wesley
Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place. ~Ice T, The Ice Opinion, quoted in Reader’s Digest, “Quotable Quotes,” February 2002
Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night. ~Terri Guillemets
Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! Else it may be their miserable fortune, when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Follow your passion, and success will follow you. ~Terri Guillemets
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~Attributed to Howard Thurman
Renew your passions daily. ~Terri Guillemets
The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy. ~Yves Saint Laurent
My heart beat so hard when I was near him, I feared he could hear my secret longing for him. ~Destiny Vaestus
The same passions in man and woman nonetheless differ in tempo; hence man and woman do not cease misunderstanding one another. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
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 its spark. ~Amiel, Journal, 17 December 1856
But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. ~Honoré de Balzac
In music the passions enjoy themselves. ~Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886
It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to. ~George Santayana
You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion. ~Garrison Keillor
Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work. ~Aldous Huxley

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