Quotes about passion
All men are liable to error and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
I have only one passion, that for light, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and which has the right to happiness.
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Intelligence is the eye of the soul, not its strength. Its strength is in the heart, that is, in the passions.
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.
In the human heart there is a perpetual generation of passions; so that the ruin of one is almost always the foundation of another.
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.
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.
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.
Whatever care we take to conceal our passions under the appearances of piety and honour, they are always to be seen through these veils.
Passions often produce their contraries: avarice sometimes leads to prodigality, and prodigality to avarice; we are often obstinate through weakness and daring though timidity.
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.
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.
Great and striking actions which dazzle the eyes are represented by politicians as the effect of great designs, instead of which they are commonly caused by the temper and the passions. Thus the war between Augustus and Anthony, which is set down to the ambition they entertained of making themselves masters of the world, was probably but an effect of jealousy.
Passion often renders the most clever man a fool, and even sometimes renders the most foolish man clever.
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.
For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
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.
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