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Nothing great has ever been accomplished without passion.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich HegelTranslations available
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All men are liable to error and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
John Locke - An Essay Concerning Human UnderstandingTranslations available
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Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
François de La RochefoucauldTranslations available
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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.
Émile Zola - J'accuse… !Translations available
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The passions have taught men reason.
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues - Reflexions and MaximsTranslations available
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The passions have taught men reason.

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Only the passions, the great passions, can lift the soul to the greatest things.
Denis Diderot - Philosophical ThoughtsTranslations available
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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.
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues - Reflexions and MaximsTranslations available
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To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion.
Albert Camus - CarnetsTranslations available
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There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
Denis DiderotTranslations available
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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 ProustTranslations available
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Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.
Benjamin DisraeliTranslations available
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Passion makes a man live; wisdom only makes him last!
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et penséesTranslations available
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To avoid covetousness is to conquer a kingdom.
Publilius Syrus - SentencesTranslations available
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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 MaximsTranslations available
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Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Jean de La FontaineTranslations available
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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 - A Treatise of Human NatureTranslations available
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Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions are the voice of the body.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Emile, or On EducationTranslations available
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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 MaximsTranslations available
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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 MaximsTranslations available
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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 MaximsTranslations available
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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 MaximsTranslations available
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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 MaximsTranslations available
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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 MaximsTranslations available
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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.
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral MaximsTranslations available
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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 MaximsTranslations available
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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 MaximsTranslations available
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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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For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
Honore de Balzac
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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 MontaigneTranslations available
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