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Nothing great has ever been accomplished without passion."
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires."
François de La Rochefoucauld
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There is only one passion, the passion for happiness."
Denis Diderot
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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
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If there is a pure love, exempt from the mixture of our other passions, it is that which is concealed at the bottom of the heart and of which even ourselves are ignorant."
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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People are often vain of their passions, even of the worst, but envy is a passion so timid and shame-faced that no one ever dare avow her."
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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Whatever care we take to conceal our passions under the appearances of piety and honour, they are always to be seen through these veils. "
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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Passions often produce their contraries: avarice sometimes leads to prodigality, and prodigality to avarice; we are often obstinate through weakness and daring though timidity. "
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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In the human heart there is a perpetual generation of passions; so that the ruin of one is almost always the foundation of another."
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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The passions possess a certain injustice and self interest which makes it dangerous to follow them, and in reality we should distrust them even when they appear most trustworthy. "
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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The passions are the only advocates which always persuade. They are a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion will be more persuasive than the most eloquent without. "
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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Passion often renders the most clever man a fool, and even sometimes renders the most foolish man clever. "
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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The duration of our passions is no more dependant upon us than the duration of our life."
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs."
François de La Rochefoucauld
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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
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There is no passion so contagious as that of fear."
Michel de Montaigne
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